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Easy Reader South Bay Dining Guide

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Chef Melba Rodriquez

Following is a wide ranging selection of South Bay restaurants with links to their websites and to their Easy Reader reviews. Restaurants interested in being listed should email Adrienne@EasyReaderNews.com.

El Segundo

 

MEDITERRANEAN________________________________

                                                

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Chicken Dijon Rotisserie Grill

Offering Greek chicken (whole, half and skewers, gyros, stuffed grape leaves and Greek salads (with red onions, cucumbers, red bell peppers, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and pepperoncini all tossed in our Greek vinaigrette dressing), served with peta bread.  Two Locations: 251 Main St., El Segundo  (310) 414-9000.  2515 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, (310) 370-6010.   

Chicken Dijon menu

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

GS ES DGGood Stuff

Family-owned Good stuff has been keeping beach people healthy for over three decades with its farm fresh food, long before there was a farm-to-table restaurant trend. There are four locations: 1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-2334. 1617 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, (310) 316-0262. 131 W Grand Ave, El Segundo. (310) 647-9997. 550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.  (310) 544-8000. 

Good Stuff Menu

 

SPANISH CALIFORNIA_____________________________________

 

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Chef Anne Conness built Sausal around a Spanish California cookbook written in 1898. The result is a spectacular dining experience in which a native cuisine is combined with farm-to-table ingredients and brought vividly to life. 219 Main St., El Segundo. (310) 322-2721.

Easy Reader review.

Sausal Menu.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

   

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True Food Kitchen

The focus at True Food Kitchen reflects the philosophy of co-owner and diet guru Andrew Weill and his partners restaurateur Sam Fox and Executive Chef Michael Stebner. Click the “about” tab on their website and the first three sentences mention nutrients, the anti-inflammatory diet, and healthy living. They also mention flavor, which is reassuring. 860 S. Sepulveda Blvd., The Point, Ste 100. (310) 469-7725.

Easy Reader review.

True Food Kitchen Menu.

 

PIZZA__________________________________________

 

VALENTINOValentino’s Pizza

This family owned Italian restaurant is famous for its Brooklyn Style Pizza, Calzones and Sausage Rolls, as well as sandwiches, salads and desserts. 150 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. (310) 426-9494 975 N. Aviation Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 318-5959                      Valentino Pizza Menu

 

PASTA______________________________________________

 

1-delucaDeluca Trattoria

225 Richmond St.

(310) 640-7600

delucapasta.com

 

 

TAVERN_____________________________________

 

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Rock & Brews

Rock &

143 Main Street

(310)615-9890

rockandbrews.com

 

 

Hawthorne

 

GOURMET________________________________________

 

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Continental Gourmet Market

12921 S. Prairie Ave.

(310) 676-5444

http://continentalgourmetmarket.com/

 

 

Hermosa Beach

 

AMERICAN_________________________________________

 

Abigaile char-confitAbigaile

There are several dining areas — a bar area with stools and shared tables, lower and more formal booths near the window, and an outdoor area, a comfortable place to lounge and stargaze. Much of the intriguing menu is seasonal; appetizers and small plates abound, but there are also full size entrees. The menu changes frequently. 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 798-8227. 

Easy Reader review.

Abigaile’s Menu

 

 

ITALIAN________________________________________

 

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Bottle Inn, Hermosa

The Bottle Inn’s traditional,traditional rustic Italian cuisine has made it a destination restaurant for over four decades in Hermosa Beach. In 2014 the Bottle Inn’s sister restaurant opened in Redondo Beach and already promises to be match Hermosa’s popularity. Hermosa, 26 – 22nd St., Hermosa Beach, (310) 376-9595.  1700 S Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 543-6800. Easy Reader review.

Bottle Inn Menu

 

ITALIAN_________________________________
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Buona Vita Trattoria

439 Pier Avenue

(310) 379-17626

buonavita.com

 

 

GERMAN___________________________________________

 

brat & brauBrat & Brau

This little restaurant serves an authentic menu of pretzels, salads, sausages and fried potatoes, with an array of German beers to wash them down. This is the fare offered at the street stalls called wurstlibars in Germany, simple and hearty. 1332 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-6532.

Brat & Brau Menu

 

 

BREAKFAST BAKERY____________________________________________

 

The quiche at Cafe Bonaparte.

Cafe Bonaparte

Omelets, oatmeal and granola bowls with fruit and French-style egg sandwiches on croissants or lightly sweet brioche toast are all familiar. Most interesting is the Croque Monsieur, which means “crunch this, sir.” It’s a ham sandwich topped with Gruyere cheese and baked until the cheese melts. Croque Madame is the same thing, with a poached egg on top. 37 Pier Ave.   (310) 374-0026.              Easy Reader review.

CONTEMPORARY_________________________________

 

Chef Melba RodriquezChef Melba’s Bistro

This chef-driven restaurant in downtown Hermosa is a leader in culinary creativity, featuring fresh seafood (sole, bass, scallops, fish and chips, sea stew) and steak, lamb and pork chops. There are also many vegetarian and vegan options here, and the staff are experts with wine pairings. 1501 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-2084.

Chef Melba interview.

Chef Melba Bistro Menu

 

FRENCH________________________________________

 

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Creme De La Crepe

Though Creme de La Crepe now serves fondue and offers a wide-ranging menu, the core is still crepes. They make their savory batter with buckwheat flour and sweet with white flour and fill them with all manner of delights. The Hermosa Beach location has a slightly more ambitious bistro menu than the location in Redondo. 424 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. (310) 937-2822, and 1708 1/2 Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach. (310) 540-8811. 

Easy Reader Best of 2015.

Creme De La Crepe Menu

 

MEXICAN___________________________________________

 

dia de campo-35Dia de Campo

Dia de Campo takes Mexican tradition and adds a hefty shot of daring experimentalism. Hermosa Beach is an unlikely center for this particular breed of culinary elan, but we have geniuses in our midst who have decided to see what can be done with foods from south of the border, and genius makes its own rules. 1238 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach. (310) 379-1829.

Easy Reader review.

Dia de Campo Menu

 

PERUVIAN__________________________________________

 

13-el-pollo-inkaEl Pollo Inka

El Pollo Inka chicken is marinated in a secret blend of spices, rotisserie cooked and then served with an addictive Peruvian spicy garlic and chili sauce. Mediterranean and South American ideas come together in a wonderful way.1100 Pacific Coast Hwy. Hermosa Beach (310) 372-1433, also 23705 Hawthorne, Torrance. (310) 373-0062.  

Easy Reader Review

El Pollo Inka Menu

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

GSHBGood Stuff

Family-owned Good stuff has been keep beach people healthy for over three decades with its farm fresh food, long  there was a farm to table restaurant trend. 1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-2334. 1617 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, (310) 316-0262. 131 W Grand Ave, El Segundo. (310) 647-9997. 550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.  (310) 544-8000. 

Good Stuff Menu

 

 

CONTEMPORARY__________________________________

 

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36 Pier Avenue

Greenbelt

 

 

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

Hennessey-hb patioHennessey’s

Before gastropubs there was Hennessey’s Tavern, a beer and burger bar that has stood the test of time. The  menu has expanded, but Hennessey’s hasn’t forgotten its roots, as evident in its Dublin burger, Guinness Fish and Chips and Jameson Ribs. Its Hennessey’s location has  rooftop dining with a PV to Malibu and Pier Plaza dining for people watching. 8 Pier Ave., Hermosa. (310) 372-5759. 313 MB Blvd., Manhattan (310) 546-4813. 1712 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo. (310) 540-8443. 

Best of Outdoor Dining.

Hennessey’s Menu

 

MEXICAN_______________________________________

 

Drake mexidoHermosa Mexican Cuisine

This family owned, neighborhood haunt offers traditionally prepared combo plates, regional specialties (Arrachero, with grilled steak, potato green chili and onions) and popular breakfast burritos with 20 ingredients to choose from. 824 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310) 937-5606.

Hermosa Mexican Cuisine Menu

 

FISH____________________________________

 

12-hooked-pokeHooked Poke Market

425 Pier Avenue

(310) 937-5909

Hooked Poke Market

 

 

BAKERY____________________________________________

 

hermosa pieChef David’s Hermosa Pie

“Let food be itself. What can I do to these cherries, these pears, to let them explore their own personality? With a little heat, a little flour and butter they become something else while still remaining cherries, pears, and peaches. I might take Bartlett pears and add a little saffron, a little vanilla because the saffron gives it earthiness, the vanilla a little bit of sensuousness.” — Baker David Wallace. 133 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 374-2323.

Hermosa Pie story.

Hermosa Pie FB

 

FARM TO TABLE______________________________________________

 

hookHook & Plow

It’s a lively, bustling space. The menu hits all the modern notes. The restaurant’s slogan is “farm to table, ocean to plate,” which fits the current culinary craze, and it offers the craft beers that are required in any place catering to a younger crowd. 425 Pier Ave.  Hermosa Beach  (310) 937-5909.

Easy Reader review.

Hook & Plow Menu.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_________________________________

 

Hot's Foie Gras

Hot’s Kitchen

Hot’s Kitchen will always have tacos and sliders, but what’s between those buns and tortillas depends on the whim of the chef. There are standard offerings –  a classic bacon or pastrami burger. But there will also be flavors that don’t make sense on the page, but do in your mouth. Hot’s Kitchen is all about creative food, along with craft beers.  844 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-2939.

Easy Reader Best of Foie Gras.

HotsKitchen.com,

 

MEXICAN___________________________________________

 

LaPlayita-FatimaLa Playita

La Playita’s location a block north of Pier Avenue has kept it under the radar, but its mole dishes, margaritas and lovingly tended rose garden draw a steady stream of surfers in the morning and neighbors in the evening.  37 14th Street, Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-2148.

Easy Reader review.

La Playita Menu.

 

 

BREAKFAST_________________________________________

 

MarthasOmeletMartha’s 22nd St. Grill  

Martha’s 22nd Street Grill doesn’t have the most baroque offerings or the widest selection, but their omelette’s popularity is no mystery. They’re light and fluffy and there are little touches like the housemade ranchero sauce that make these offerings personal. The ocean view patio, espresso and Champagne add to the experience. 25-22nd St.  Hermosa Beach.  (310) 376-7786.

Easy Reader Best of the Beach Omelette  

 

MEDITERREAN_______________________________________

 

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Any resident of Madrid would immediately recognize much of what is served here. The grilled Spanish chorizo, mussels vinaigrette and seafood salad would taste like home. Others are un-Spanish but evoke Mediterranean flavors and it’s not a stretch to imagine a Spanish visitor to Hermosa going home and recreating something they tasted here. 73 Pier Ave. Hemrosa Beach. (310) 318-2666.

Easy Reader Best of Tapas.

Mediterraneo Menu.

 

IRISH PUB________________________________________________

 

e mccolgans ResizeMickey McColgan’s

Mickey McColgan’s is a very Californian take on an Irish pub. It’s bright, cheerful, and open to the beach breezes – the antithesis of the stuffy, smoky places of yesteryear. One can get a variety of burgers as well as pastas, salads, and Auld Country favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and an “Irish” quesadilla made with corned beef, caramelized cabbage, cheddar cheese, and avocado cream. 934 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. 310-372-9700.

Easy Reader review.

Mickey McColgan’s Menu

 

AMERICAN__________________________________________

 

ocean_diner1Ocean Diner

Ocean Diner’s website describes their meals as bringing back “memories of Grandma’s kitchen,” which isn’t quite true unless your grandmother was an early adopter of tofu and breakfast burritos. Those items aside, the offerings here are mostly traditional American favorites like meatloaf, pork chops, sandwiches, and the omelets and breakfast dishes that propelled the Ocean Diner to fame.  959 Aviation Blvd. , Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-3739.

Easy Reader review.

Ocean Diner menu  

 

MEXICAN___________________________________________

 

palmilla restaurantPalmilla Cocina Y Tequilla

Palmilla’s distinctive blending of Mexican and Latin American influences is highlighted by Mayan-styled plasterwork. Designer Gulla Jonsdottir was awarded “Best Design of the Year” by Esquire. The menu focuses on regionally influenced, contemporary Mexican cuisine featuring fresh seafood, organic meats and tortillas made in the kitchen.

Best of the Beach cocktails.

Palmilla Menu.

 

PIZZA___________________________________________

 

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1132 Hermosa Avenue

(310) 376-9883

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AMERICAN______________________________________

 

rockefeller (2)The Rockefeller

Rockefeller focuses on food but doesn’t relegate beer to an afterthought. Its flights of beers are drawn from a very good selection of microbrews. The room is open, with the feel of a sidewalk café.  The main courses include braised short rib tacos with pepper-orange salsa and also grilled fish tacos, burgers and flatbreads. 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan. (310) 545-5810.  422 Pier Ave.,Hermosa. (310) 372-8467.

Easy Reader Review Hermosa Beach.

Easy Reader Review Manhattan Beach.

Rockefeller Menu

 

PIZZA____________________________________________

 


download-1Round Table Pizza

2701 Pacific Coast Hwy

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AMERICAN______________________________________

 

tomboy dgScotty’s on The Strand

Scotty’s may be the only place on the waterfront in Southern California where a breakfast omelette is under $10 and grilled salmon is under $20, making it a daily habit for many locals. 1100 The Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-7152.

Scotty’s Menu 

 

 

NIGHTCLUB_________________________________________

 

Sharkeez-at-nightSharkeez

Sharkeez’s deserves much of the credit for the blossoming of Hermosa’s Pier Plaza into one of the most popular nightclub scenes in Southern California. Following a devastating  fire in 2006 Sharkeez raised the bar with a dramatic new nightclub whose Mexican menu that rivaled its neighboring Mexican restaurants.  52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 318-0004.

Easy Reader Best of the Beach Happy Hour.

Sharkeez Menu.

 

AMERICAN__________________________________________

 

standing room 1The Standing Room  

Standing Room is most famous for their ‘everything-in-the-refrigerator’ Napoleon Burger. But there are others, with items as exotic as sesame leaves, Korean spicy bean sauce, habanero cream coleslaw, kimchi, and smoked gouda. You can even get a burger with iceberg lettuce and American cheese. 1320 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-1272. 144 N. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 374-7545. Easy Reader Best of the Beach Burger.  Standing Room Menu.

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

 Steak and whisky

Rich flavors and superb ingredients catapult Steak and Whiskey to regional acclaim, featuring both stratospheric quality and prices. 117 Pier Avenue in Hermosa. (310) 318-5555.

Easy Reader review.

Steak and Whiskey

 

 

VEGETARIAN____________________________________

 

dining guide SpotThe Spot

The Spot is one of the only local restaurants that can use the words “World Famous” and have a credible claim. The Spot has been a place of pilgrimage since 1977 and is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in greater Los Angeles. Some of the dishes have been on the menu from the beginning. But credible vegetarian renditions of Mexican, Italian, and Japanese dishes are also offered. 110 Second St., Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-235.

Easy Reader Best of Vegetarian.

The Spot Menu.

 

 

Long Beach

 

SPANISH______________________________________

 

4-cafe-sevillaSevilla

140 Pine Avenue

CafeSevilla

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach 

 

AMERICAN__________________________________________

 

Arthur_jThe Arthur J

The Arthur J.is mid-century visually and the kitchen serves up dishes in that spirit, but made attractive to a contemporary palate. Some very modern items are served in the blue-flowered Corningware baking dishes that were in every kitchen when Eisenhower was president. The menu is heavy on steaks, naturally, but there is much more here. 903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 878-9620. 

Easy Reader review.

The Arthur J. Menu.

 

BAKERY____________________________________________

 

Beckers bakeryBecker’s  Bakery

Becker’s is one of the oldest bakeries in all of greater Los Angeles. It’s been owned by the same family since 1942. It has been the go-to place for generations of beach people and newcomers figure out pretty quickly that they haven’t been in business this long by accident. 1025 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-3214.

Best of the Beach Bakery.  

Becker’s Bakery

 

 

CHINESE_______________________________________

 

w china bistroChina Grill Bistro

There are offerings that move past mere competence and on to brilliance. The Grilled Sea Scallops with Baby Squash in Black Bean Sauce is amazing, a spicy light, and memorable dish. The Roast Duck Breast in Orange-Plum Sauce is not all that original an idea, since Chinese restaurants often serve duck with a rather heavy, sweet plum sauce. But the lighter, tarter version here has a citrus hint that suits the tender meat. 3282 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310)546-7284.

China Grill Bistro Menu

 

WORLD________________________________________

 

chef_kristina_miksyte_grilled_sausage_board_20Doma Kitchen

Half of the menu is global and Mediterranean-influenced. You can get charcuterie, a quinoa or Nicoise salad, braised beef short ribs, and other modern items. But the Central Asian entrees are as strong and the Siberian chicken dumpling soup with dill and the plov will make you wonder why this region’s food isn’t more popular. 3562 North Sepulveda (Manhattan Village), Manhattan Beach. (310) 647-3157.

Easy Reader review.

Doma menu.

MEXICAN_______________________________________

 

El SombreroEl Sombrero

For over four decades El Sombrero has been satisfying Manhattan Beach’s craving traditional Mexican food, faithfully prepared from old family recipes. 1005 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, (310) 937-6258. (Artesia & PCH) 1157B Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 376-5005.

El Sombrero Menu

FISH___________________________________________

 

e fishbarFishbar

Fresh and simple fish dinners at modest prices with a few steaks and burgers so non-pescetarians aren’t completely left out. 3801 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach. (310) 796-0200. 

Easy Reader review. Fishbar Menu

 

 

PIZZA_______________________________

 

Fresh Brothers Adam&Scott2Fresh Brothers Pizza

The family-owned Fresh Brothers offers pizza with a thick or thin crust, topped with healthy vegetables or with a vast pile of meat and they offer a variety of sizes from individual to a pie that will feed a small army. 407 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 374-5678. 2008 Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-4444.

Easy Reader Best of Pizza. 

Fresh Brothers Menu

 

 

TAVERN________________________________________

 

Magee Hennessey's TavernHennessey’s

Before gastropubs there was Hennessey’s Tavern, a beer and burger bar that has stood the test of time. The  menu has expanded, but Hennessey’s hasn’t forgotten its roots, as evident in its Dublin burger, Guinness Fish and Chips and Jameson Ribs. Its Hennessey’s location has  rooftop dining with a PV to Malibu and Pier Plaza dining for people watching. 8 Pier Ave., Hermosa. (310) 372-5759. 313 MB Blvd., Manhattan (310) 546-4813. 1712 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo. (310) 540-8443. 

Best of Outdoor Dining.

Hennessey’s Menu

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

e-MB postMB Post  

If MB Post chef David LeFevre was a painter, he’d be doing baroque paintings. You can imagine how many words might be needed to describe the culinary equivalent of that painting in the context of a menu.  The menu is post-cultural, with American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and other influences alongside dishes that are native only to the chef’s head. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-5405. Easy Reader review.

MB Post Menu  

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

kettle croppedThe Kettle

This local institution that has been the favorite of night owls since 1973.  You get a warm welcome and comfortable environment at a time of night when your other options are fast food chains and raucous nightspots. 1138 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-8511. Easy Reader Best of the Beach Nightspot.

The Kettle Menu.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

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The fusion here is less between Asian and European than between ancient and modern Asian ideas. The offerings reflect the diaspora of Chef Tin’s family, who left China and were dispersed throughout Southeast Asia before reuniting in California. 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-2096.

Easy Reader review.

Little Sister Menu  

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_________________________________

 

Love And Salt, Manhattan Beach CaLove & Salt

Love & Salt is a collaboration between veteran restaurateur Guy Gabriele, his daughter Sylvie, and acclaimed chef Michael Fiorelli. There’s a logic to the new space, which is bright, loud, and dynamic. If you prefer a quieter experience you can make a reservation for a table along the west wall. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-5252.

Easy Reader review.

Love & Salt menu 

 

ITALIAN____________________________________________

 

mama d'sMama D’s

Mama D’s is the classic checkered-tablecloth place specializing in homestyle recipes. If you don’t know about this place, you don’t spend much time in downtown Manhattan Beach. The zesty scent of garlic and spices can be smelled across the street. 1125 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-1492. New Location: Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach.

Easy Reader Best of Italian.

Mama D’s Menu

 

 

BAKERY________________________________________

 

Bread and BagelManhattan Bread & Bagel  

MB&B makes bagels the old-fashioned way, boiling rather than steaming them before baking, so the crust has the chewy texture beloved in the old country. All the popular varieties are here: plain, egg, garlic, whole wheat, and newer varieties with blueberries, cranberries, and the like. 1812 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7553.  

Best of the Beach Bagel.

Manhattan Bread and Bagel

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_________________________________

 

Manhattan houseManhattan House

Manhattan House Gastropub is a farm-to-table gastropub using hyper-local ingredients. Chef Diana Stavaridis has a distinctive style and vision. The menu is relatively short and divided into small and large plates, with notes about items made in-house or by boutique producers. 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (310) 546-1492.  

Easy Reader review.

Manhattan House.

 

GREEK ITALIAN_____________________________________

 

old_veniceOld Venice

1001 Manhattan Avenue

OldVenice

 

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

rockefeller (2)The Rockefeller

Rockefeller focuses on food but doesn’t relegate beer to a mere afterthought. Its flights of beers are drawn from a very good selection of microbrews. The room is open, with lots of wood and the feel of a sidewalk café.  Main courses include braised short rib tacos with pepper-orange salsa and  grilled fish tacos. 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan. (310) 545-5810.  422 Pier Ave.,Hermosa. (310) 372-8467.

Easy Reader Review Hermosa Beach.

Easy Reader Review Manhattan Beach.

Rockefeller Menu

 

MEDITERRANEAN________________________________

 

open sesame2Sesame Moe’s

The South Bay’s most stylish Middle Eastern restaurant introduced a new level of sophistication when they opened in 2009, attracted by fine food in an atmosphere that is contemporary but evokes the Arabian Nights. 2640 Pacific Coast Hwy., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-1600.

Easy Reader Best of Middle Eastern

Sesame Moe’s Menu

 

 

NIGHTCLUB_____________________________________

 

sharkeez-0500Sharkeez

Sharkeez anchors the nightlife in Upper Manhattan with a Mexican mesquite menu with an emphasis on fish and a happy hour with 25 cent second drinks.  3600 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-8811.

Easy Reader Best of the Beach Bar Food

Sharkeez Manhattan Menu

 

TAVERN________________________________________

 

Shellback Beverly BobShellback Tavern

Shellback is a neighborhood bar with a view of the ocean and Manhattan pier. It’s Bloody Mary’s and bartenders are  are both local favorites. 116 Manhattan Bch. Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 376-7857. Easy Reader Best of the Beach Bartender.

 

BREW PUB_________________________________________

 

20100102_Restaurant-Review-Fallon_2022Simmzy’s  

Simmzy’s is loud and lively with plenty of beers on tap and  excellent burgers, including a cheeseburger with aioli and a variety of available add-ins, and a deluxe version with blue cheese, candy bacon and frizzled shallots. They make a glorious mess. 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd.  Manhattan Beach. (310)-546-1201.

Easy Reader Best of the Beach Burger.

Simmzys Menu.  

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

strand houseThe Strand House

The Strand House menu is the product of a creative team that has an extraordinary arsenal of techniques and ingredients at their disposal. The owners spared no expense, including a lavishly equipped kitchen. Celebrity chef Neal Fraser created a menu with recipes spanning the globe, exotic ingredients, and meats smoked or cured in-house. The ambition was obviously to create a restaurant that would stand comparisons with not just the best in the South Bay, but in a far wider region. 117 Manhattan Bch Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7470. Easy Reader review. Strand House Menu

 

AMERICAN__________________________________________

 

20100102_Restaurant-Review-Fallon_1963Tin Roof Bistro  

Tin Roof Bistro is contemporary but not uber-trendy. You can get a wood-fired pizza or a good steak, make a meal of appetizers, or go a bit edgy with an Asian-Caribbean fusion dish. Tin Roof Bistro also has a very good wine and beer list. 3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 939-0900. Easy Reader review. Tin Roof Bistro Menu  

 

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

tomboy dgTomboy’s Burgers

Owners Tom and Vira Zevgaras raised the bar on burgers, making the Tomboy’s burger a South Bay staple for decades. Their Best of the Beach chili is available as a side, or on their burgers or dogs. Pastrami, avocado, and bacon can also be added to the usual burger extras.(1816 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach. (310) 374-9944. Easy Reader Best of the Beach Chili. Tomboys Burgers Menu

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

Zinc Lounge Shade Hotel Manhattan BeachZinc at the Shade Hotel

Zinc’s eclectic menu offers cheese and charcuterie plates for those who like quality ingredients laid bare, pizzas and salads for hearty snacks and more complex and inventive items for culinary adventurers. 1221 Valley Dr., Metlox Plaza, Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-4995.  Easy Reader review. Zinc Menu.

 

PIZZA__________________________________________

 

VALENTINOValentino’s Pizza

This family owned Italian restaurant, is famous for its Brooklyn Style Pizza, Calzones and Sausage Rolls, as well as sandwiches, salads and desserts.150 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. (310) 426-9494.  975 N. Aviation Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 318-5959. Valentino Pizza Menu

 

 

Palos Verdes

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

admiral risty restaurant palos verdesAdmiral Risty

At Admiral Risty’s 50th anniverdary, State Assemblyman David Hadley said the restaurant had out lasted the average American marriage, including many of which began at the special occasion restaurant, known for its flank steak, cioppino, house cured gravlax and house baked deserts and bread. 31250 Palos Verdes Dr. West, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-0050. Easy Reader review. Admiral Risty Menu.

 

LEBANESE______________________________________

 

Chicken Maison owner Sami Karame. His father Mario and brother Ramsey are also active in the restaurant. Photo by Kevin Cody

Chicken Maison

One of the most successful purveyors of Lebanese style chicken is Chicken Maison, which started in Torrance and now has five locations. They stand out both for the variety and inventiveness of their menu, which goes far beyond just chicken. 2709 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Redondo Beach. (310) 725-0035. 3901 Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste  D., Torrance. (310) 465-1050. 50 Peninsula Ctr. Rolling Hills Estates (310) 541-8080. 15900 Crenshaw Blvd. Gardena (310) 327-7373. Easy Reader review. Chicken Maison menu

 

 MEXICAN______________________________________

 

Corazon Mexican Restaurant #1Corazon

The menu is a straightforward list of old favorites, but look closely and you’ll see a differences.  The cilantro Alfredo sauce on the shrimp enchiladas straddles Italian and Mexican ideas, and the calamari is marinated in buttermilk and served with cilantro aioli. A vegetable mix of zucchini, squash, onions, and corn is used as an accompaniment to several dishes; they’re all traditional Mexican ingredients, but rarely served this way. 767 Deep Valley Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes. (310)377-0580. Easy Reader Review. Corazon Menu.

 

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

GS_frontPVGood Stuff

Family-owned Good stuff has been keep beach people healthy for over three decades with its farm fresh food, long  there was a farm to table restaurant trend. 1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-2334. 1617 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, (310) 316-0262. 131 W Grand Ave, El Segundo. (310) 647-9997. 550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.  (310) 544-8000. Good Stuff Menu

 

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

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With its view of Catalina Island, Mar’sel is cozy rather than opulent, with simple clean lines, wooden paneling, a fireplace, and glass on two sides. An ocean view never goes out of style. The menu is short – 10 starters and nine entrees – but extremely interesting, a mixture of relatively simple items made with premium ingredients, and some more adventurous combinations. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 265-2836.  Easy Reader review. Mar’sel.

 

 

AUTHENTIC FINE MEXICAN CUSINE___________________________

 

27-salsa-verdesSalsa Verdes

2325 Palos Verdes Drive West

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Redondo Beach 

 

SPORTS BAR_________________________________________

 

AvenueAOwnersAvenue A Bar and Grill

At most sports bars the food is an afterthought, but here somebody has their eye on satisfying people who want a good meal. The ribs are slow-baked, the portion substantial and came with a potato, salad and choice of several homemade dressings. 800 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-2832. Easy Reader review. Avenue A Menu.

 

 

BASQUE____________________________________________

 

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Chef Bernard Ibarra describes his offerings as “the bar food of San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Pamplona. It is similar to tapas, to bruschetta, but called pintxos, which means spike – it is because the meats, seafood, and other items are held on slices of bread with a toothpick.”  136 N. International Boardwalk, King Harbor, Redondo Beach. “ Easy Reader review. A Basque Kitchen Menu

 

ITALIAN________________________________________

 

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Bettolino Kitchen

Chef Fabio Ugoletti offers exciting, modern ideas. Fresh ingredients are front and center, pastas are freshly made, and the presentations are sometimes startling. Tuna tartare is topped with thin slices of toasted bread poised like a ship’s sails, with a crown of delicate sprouts like seagrass. And yes, raw tuna is an Italian tradition, using flavored oils and raw vegetables where the Japanese would use soy and ponzu.  211 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach. (310) 375-0500.Easy Reader review. Bettolino Kitchen.

 

ITALIAN____________________________________________

 

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Bottle Inn, Riviera Village

The Bottle Inn’s traditional,traditional rustic Italian cuisine has made it a destination restaurant for over four decades in Hermosa Beach. In 2014 the Bottle Inn’s sister restaurant opened in Redondo Beach and already promises to be match Hermosa’s popularity. Hermosa, 26 – 22nd St., Hermosa Beach, (310) 376-9595.  1700 S Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 543-6800. Easy Reader review. Bottle Inn Menu

 

 

GASTROPUB_________________________________________

 

Chez BouzyBouzy: A Gastropub

Bouzy is a neighborhood gastropub in the front room and patio of its more upscale sister Chez Mélange. It represents a refined rusticity in its menu with a great selection of over 30 microbrews, a wine list consisting of aromatic, food friendly wines and a full line of spirits. 1611 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach. (310) 540-1222. Best of the Beach Salads. Bouzy Menu

 

ITALIAN____________________________________________

 

limoBrogino’s

2423 Artesia Blvd.

(310) 370-4827

Brogino’s

FISH___________________________________________

 

Captain Kidd's on the Redondo waterfront promises the freshest fish in the South Bay

Captain Kidd’s

Famous for its fine fish and chips. Crunchy batter, as many fryer-fresh fries as the average person can hold.  The hush puppies and chowder are favorites. 209 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach (310) 372-7703.  Easy Reader Best of Fish and ChipsCaptain Kidd’s menu.

CALIFORNIA FUSION_____________________________________________

Chez melangeChez Melange

Chez Melange introduced California Fusion to the South Bay in 1982 and never stopped innovating. It offers an ever-changing selection of the most eclectic, interesting food in the South Bay. There are a few constant stars in the firmament, some dishes that will satisfy the unadventurous, but adventure beckons from the specials menu. 1611 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach. (310) 540-1222. Easy Reader Best of the Beach Special Event restaurant. Chez Melange menu

MEDITERRANEAN____________________________________

multi foodChicken Dijon Rotisserie Grill

Offering Greek chicken (whole, half and skewers, gyros, stuffed grape leaves and Greek salads (with red onions, cucumbers, red bell peppers, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and pepperoncini all tossed in our Greek vinaigrette dressing), served with peta bread.  251 Main St., El Segundo. (310) 414-9000. 2515 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, (310) 370-6010. Chicken Dijon menu

 

LEBANESE______________________________________

 

Chicken Maison owner Sami Karame. His father Mario and brother Ramsey are also active in the restaurant. Photo by Kevin Cody

Chicken Maison

One of the most successful purveyors of Lebanese–style chicken is Chicken Maison, which started in Torrance ten years ago and now has five locations. They stand out for the variety and inventiveness of their menu, which goes far beyond  chicken. 2709 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Redondo Beach. (310) 725-0035. 3901 Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste  D., Torrance. (310) 465-1050. 50 Peninsula Ctr. Rolling Hills Estates (310) 541-8080. 15900 Crenshaw Blvd. Gardena (310) 327-7373. Easy Reader review. Chicken Maison menu

 

FRENCH________________________________________

 

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Creme de La Crepe

Though Creme de La Crepe now serves fondue and offers a wide-ranging menu, the core is still crepes. They make their savory batter with buckwheat flour and sweet with white flour and fill them with all manner of delights.  424 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. (310) 937-2822. 1708 1/2 Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach. (310) 540-8811. Easy Reader Best of 2015. Creme De La Crepe Menu

 

BBQ___________________________________________

 

DickeysInt1 (1)Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

The smoker is hidden in a metal cabinet behind the counter, but you can still get a whiff of hickory on the breeze. The corner space near Whole Foods looks as much like a Southern roadhouse. The pork ribs and brisket are the stars here. Both benefit from a spice rub that flavors the meat. 407 North Pacific Coast Highway, #102, in Redondo. 310-379-0202. Easy Reader review. http://bit.ly/dickeysmenu

 

 

BREAKFAST_________________________________________

 

eatjoes-logoEat at Joe’s

One morning long ago John Wayne asked Joe to make him a breakfast worthy of The Duke. Joe returned from the kitchen with two eggs over medium with cheese, on top of home fries and or good measure, a tortilla smothered in Spanish sauce, surrounded by sausages. Which may explain why the Blue Zone healthy foods movement began at Eat at Joe’s.  Joe’s offerings run the table. 400 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 376-9570. Eat at Joe’s

 

PIZZA______________________________________________

 

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The family-owned Fresh Brothers offers pizza with a thick or thin crust, topped with healthy vegetables or with a vast pile of meat and they offer a variety of sizes from individual to a pie that will feed a small army. 407 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 374-5678. 2008 Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-4444. Easy Reader Best of Pizza. Fresh Brothers Menu

 

 

 

AMERICAN__________________________________________

 

gsredondoGood Stuff

Family-owned Good stuff has been keeping beach people healthy for over three decades with its farm fresh food, long before there was a farm-to-table restaurant trend. There are four locations: 1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-2334. 1617 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, (310) 316-0262. 131 W Grand Ave, El Segundo. (310) 647-9997. 550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.  (310) 544-8000. Good Stuff Menu

 

 

BREW PUB________________________________________________

 

King Harbor Brewery Dunbabin TomKing Harbor Brewing Tap Room

King Harbor’s tap room offers beer “you would be happy to drink pint after pint of while hanging out and talking to friends…Beer that you’d want to take to the beach and drink when you’re playing volleyball. …We’re about really good, locally-brewed craft stuff that you can have while hanging out.” 132 International Boardwalk, Redondo Pier.310-542-8657. Easy Reader story. King Harbor Brewing

 

CAFE___________________________________________

 

348sKirari West Cafe

707 N. Pacific Coast Highway

(Next to King Harbor Sign)

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TAVERN________________________________________

 

Magee Hennessey's TavernHennessey’s Tavern

Before gastropubs there was Hennessey’s Tavern, a beer and burger bar that has stood the test of time. The  menu has expanded, but Hennessey’s hasn’t forgotten its roots, as evident in its Dublin burger, Guinness Fish and Chips and Jameson Ribs. Its Hennessey’s location has  rooftop dining with a PV to Malibu and Pier Plaza dining for people watching. 8 Pier Ave., Hermosa. (310) 372-5759. 313 MB Blvd., Manhattan (310) 546-4813. 1712 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo. (310) 540-8443. Best of Outdoor Dining. Hennessey’s Menu

 

 

HAWAIIAN______________________________________

 

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Poke (pronounced “pokey”) in its simplest form is a mix of chunks of ahi tuna marinated with various condiments, usually including sea salt, seaweed, a dash of sesame oil, and chopped onion or scallion. Aptly named Jus’ Poke in Redondo is a specialist, offering up to six kinds every day, including one with tofu instead of fish. 501 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310)379-1133. Easy Reader review. Just Poke Menu

 

 

SHABU SHABU_________________________________________

 

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Each diner is given a pot of boiling water with a piece of kelp in it. The kelp makes a very mild soup stock in which vegetables, meat, and noodles simmer. Sauces are offered to anoint whatever comes out of that pot, along with dabs of ginger, garlic, and chopped scallions, but that’s it. The whole experience depends on appreciating briefly boiled protein and vegetables, and the difference between a good shabu shabu place and a bad one is the quality of the ingredients, not the variety. 903 N. Catalina, Redondo Beach. (310) 798-9136. Easy Reader Review. King Shabu Shabu Menu.

 

 

 MEXICAN______________________________________

 

Ortega 120 MargOrtega 120  

Demi Stevens and partner Thomas Ortega approach tequila and traditional Mexican food with the seriousness, creativity and passion usually reserved for more modern cuisine. Regarding 120: it denoted how many tequilas the bar at the restaurant served (now it’s up to 200). 1814 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. (310) 792-4120. Easy Reader Best of Tequila Bar.  Ortega 120.com.

 

SEAFOOD_________________________________________

 

 

35-quality-seafoodQuality Seafood

100-130 International Boardwalk

(310) 374-2382

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CONTEMPORARY_________________________________

 

R10DessertR 10 Social House

There’s a good but somewhat arcane reason that the R10 Social House  has its name. A buoy with that designation off of Palos Verdes is a landmark for boaters and surfers. The general concept is  eclectic and contemporary. There are a few starters meant for sharing, some simple dishes like roast chicken or fresh fish, and curveballs like a seasonal vegetable hash and fried chicken with a mild curry in the batter. That chicken is probably the best known item here, and it’s very good, the batter fragrant with spices though not very peppery. Other dishes that have been on the menu since the beginning include tasty fried olives, a beet salad, and a kale Caesar. 179 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach. (310) 798.2500. Easy Reader review. R-10 Social House Menu

 

CAJUN_________________________________________

 

Stephen Domingue, years ago, in his Ragin’ Cajun kitchen in Hermosa Beach.Ragin Cajun

There’s a bit of Disneyland in the whimsical Cajun shack along the wall, but the exuberant collection of Louisiana kitsch stops short of being tacky and contributes to the atmosphere. The gumbo is spicy and smoky with plenty of chicken and sausage, a dusting of chopped green onion adding fresh sharpness. The thick soup with rice and meat is very filling, and a cup of this with bread is a good light meal. 525 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo. (310) 540-7403. Easy Reader review. Ragin Cajun Menu.

 

 

PUB______________________________________________

 

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1710 S. Catalina Avenue

(424) 352-2600

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BURGERS________________________________________

 

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Sliders are, basically, small hamburgers. Slider Stop shines with ambition, following a mission to use high-quality ingredients and creative pairings to create a gourmet experience. 2315 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. (424) 903-9321. Easy Reader review. Slider Stop Menu

 

 

CHINESE____________________________________________

 

w's china bistroW’s China Bistro

Though W’s China Bistro has a name that leads you to expect tradition, the menu has much more going on — not only Chinese dishes, but Thai, Peruvian, and some items that fuse multiple traditions. Sautéing shrimp with scallions and shallot is very Chinese, but the Chardonnay sauce adds a different dimension and the wok-seared ahi tuna over Chinese vegetables neatly bridges Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Boundaries are crossed fearlessly but thoughtfully. The result is consistently interesting. 1410 South Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 792-1600). Easy Reader Best of Asian Fusian. W’s China Bistro Menu.

 

Torrance

 

AMERICAN______________________________________

 

Hey_19Hey 19 Public House

Hey 19 is named after a Steely Dan tune from the 1980s. The décor is eclectic, the menu whimsical in both design and content.  Under chef Vasili Tavernakis some more sophisticated items have been appearing. The zucchini fries, plain salad, and an impressive burger are on the list and you can get a retro item like a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. But there are some unabashed novelties as well, such as the bacon-wrapped crackers. 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance. (310) 378-8119. Easy Reader review. Hey 19 Menu.

 

 

RESTAURANT BREWERY___________________________________________

 

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HopSaint Brewing Company

Louisiana-born Steve Roberts has installed a custom-built meat smoker and former Stone Brewing brewmaster Brian Brewer is releasing new brews each week at this roomy, off the beaten track brewpub with an ambitious farm-to-table menu. 5160 W. 190th, Torrance. (310) 214-4677. Hop Saint Menu.

 

CONTEMPORARY_____________________________________

 

Depot chef_shaferThe Depot

When the Depot opened in 1991, it was a bold move. The menu was a list of wild fusion of Japanese, Chinese, German and American influences. Today, it’s hard to remember how outrageous the concept was. This is not to say that Chef Michael Shafer is resting on his laurels, because the menu is still exciting, reflecting current trends filtered through his unique culinary vision. 1250 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance. (310) 787-7501. Easy Reader review. The Depot Menu

 

 

PERUVIAN__________________________________________

 

13-el-pollo-inkaEl Pollo Inka

El Pollo Inka chicken is marinated in a secret blend of spices, rotisserie cooked and then served with an addictive Peruvian spicy garlic and chili sauce. Mediterranean and South American ideas come together in a wonderful way.1100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach (310) 372-1433. 23705 Hawthorne, Torrance. (310) 373-0062.  Easy Reader ReviewEl Pollo Inka Menu

 

BBQ___________________________________________

 

lucilles_logoLucille’s

Lucille’s is decorated like a traditional barbecue shack, and the massive smoker you see as you enter the dining room turns out ribs, chicken and brisket that have the flavor you get only from lots of time trimming the meat, preparing it with seasoning rub and patiently letting a smoky fire do its work. 21540 Hawthorne Blvd #401B, Torrance (Del Amo Center) .  (310) 370-7427. Easy Reader Best of the Beach BBQ. Lucille’s Menu

 

ITALIAN________________________________________

 

Jacobson

Lou’s on the Hill

Lou’s on the Hill was crafted by a team that understands hospitality. The big room has a modern clubby style and the staff are pros who know their craft. 24590 Hawthorne Blvd. (Hillside Village) Torrance. (310) 378-4288. Easy Reader review. Lou’s on the Hill Menu.

 

 

JAPANESE_____________________________

 

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Ise-Shima at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel

21381 South Western Avenue

(310) 320-6700

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MEXICAN_________________________________

 

41-frida-mexican-cuisineFrida Mexican Suisine at Del Amo Fashion Center

21438 Hawthorne Blvd.

(310) 371-0666

fridadelamo.com

 

Italian________________________________________

 

primo_chefPrimo Italia

24590 Hawthorne Blvd.

(310) 378-4288

 

eatprimo.com

EasyReaderReview

 

Bistro______________________________________________

 

Restoration Kitchen & Wine 

1437 Marcelina Ave

(310) 328-8100

EasyReaderReview

 

 

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