Richard Foss

South Bay Dining News: Truxton arrives in Palos Verdes, Doma departs Manhattan Beach, Mama Terano expands, ramen on the International Boardwalk, lobsters, hatch chilies, and more

South Bay Dining News:  Truxton arrives in Palos Verdes, Doma departs Manhattan Beach, Mama Terano expands, ramen on the International Boardwalk, lobsters, hatch chilies, and more

A Surprising New Tenant On The Hill… The space that used to be Restaurant Christine has been vacant since May of last year, but a new tenant has been announced.  Truxton’s American Bistro, a mini-chain that already has locations in Westchester and Santa Monica, will be moving in sometime in early 2017. I have visited […]

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South Bay Dining News: goodbye to Thani Thai, Lou’s On the Hill’s abrupt closure, Suburbia in Riviera Village, Celebrate Wellness and Jimmy Miller galas

South Bay Dining News: goodbye to Thani Thai, Lou’s On the Hill’s abrupt closure, Suburbia in Riviera Village, Celebrate Wellness and Jimmy Miller galas

by Richard Foss  Last Day Of A Landmark… Thai Thani was the oldest Thai restaurant in the South Bay and beloved by our readers, and if you enjoyed their food I hope you stopped in recently and had some. You won’t have any more chances, because they closed on June 22 after over 25 years […]

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South Bay Dining News: BBQ coming to Redondo Beach harbor, El Gringo Kantina comes to El Segundo, South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Sunday, new Thai in Torrance, and more

Dealing From A New Deck… Rebel Republic Social House is open in Riviera Village, and they’re serving both indoors and from the first of the new “dining decks” to open for business. The feel on those decks is very much like a porch or patio, with rustic wood benches and an astroturf-covered floor. According to […]

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South Bay dining news: Aloft’s lounge, WXYZ, opens in El Segundo, as does Pho Dreams, Shabu Shabu comes to Redondo Beach, Steak & Whiskey does brunch in Hermosa

Two Vowels, Two Consonants, 26 Points in Scrabble… The bar and lounge at the new Aloft Hotel in El Segundo is called WXYZ, which I assume is pronounced just like it’s spelled. The space is modern, hip, and colorfully lit, the menu pretty minimal at this time, a short list of gourmet bar snacks. The […]

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South Bay Dining News: El Segundo’s Farm Stand bids adieu, Hermosa Beach’s Barran’s 2239 arrives, dinners at Chez Melange, Orlando’s, and Hatchet Hall, and more…

Calling It A Decade…  El Segundo’s Farm Stand had a ten-year run for their mix of Mediterranean, Persian, and American favorites. They introduced health-conscious eclectic food to Downtown El Segundo, though they never got quite the acclaim or following they deserved.  I can’t remember seeing the restaurant entirely full or entirely empty, and the low-profile […]

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South Bay Dining News: Kona Grill comes to MB, El Segundo’s elevon names restaurants, Hey 19’s Irish/Japanese night, Rebel Republic comes to RB, and more….

by Richard Foss El Segundo On The Move… The Kona Grill will soon replace the closed Romano’s Macaroni Grill on Rosecrans. This is the first California location of a nationwide chain, and there isn’t currently one any closer to Kona than Las Vegas. The menu is Contemporary American with an Asian influence and sushi bar, […]

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A La Carte for 09 March 2016 [Dining news]

by Richard Foss A Geographically Appropriate Newcomer… It’s more than a little odd that Seattle has become so well known for coffee, given that the climate there has been inhospitable for the noble bean since dinosaurs walked the earth. Plenty of coffee grows in Colombia, and that’s the origin of Fika, the new coffee roaster […]

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A La Carte 2/18/16

Scissors, Paper, Rock… For some reason I thought about that decision making process when it came to the restaurant scene in Hermosa: burger cuts sushi, pizza covers burger… In this case the latest casualty is Umami Burger, the location that was once Sushi Sei, on Hermosa Avenue. Locale 90, the Redondo restaurant known for making […]

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Dining news: Brat & Brau arrives in Hermosa, Cali Catalina departs, Oil & Vinegar at Del Amo, Admiral Risty celebrates 50, Shophouse shines at The Point

One Up, One Down… Hermosa Avenue was lively in the last week of 2015, with Cali Cantina shutting down and Brat & Brau firing up the grill. Cali never offered any compelling reason to visit; there wasn’t exactly a shortage of places serving burritos in downtown Hermosa. An upscale Italian place is planned in the […]

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South Bay dining news: Hop Saint arrives in Torrance, Crepe Lab in El Porto, Kagura, Superba Food + Bread and Smitten Ice Cream all open in El Segundo

by Richard Foss  Open And Ambitious… Hop Saint, the replacement for Billy’s Deli on 190th, has soft opened – they’re only serving a fraction of what they plan to offer, but the pattern is clear. Owner Steve Roberts was at Café Boogaloo in its heyday, and the shrimp and grits joins other Southern specialties on […]

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South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

South Bay Dining News: Zina, Krust Bakery comes to Redondo, Superba opens in El Segundo, Orlando’s ambition expands, and more…

Same Idea, Different Places… Redondo will soon have two new bakery coffeehouses, and according to Google Maps they are all of 367 feet from each other. Krust Bakery is coming to a space on PCH that was very briefly Green Roast Coffee – and if you never noticed it I’m not surprised, because it is […]

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Mickie Finnz closes, beards & bourbon, Sinatra’s whiskey, late night Love & Salt, clambakes at Hook & Plow…

Finnz Out, Steaks In?… Mickie Finnz in Riviera Village never really caught on with locals – the tropical vibe made it a popular nightspot, but the food wasn’t up to the standard of the other Hennessey restaurants. They closed quietly after a decade in business, and a new concept is in the works. Reliable sources […]

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A La Carte: Azure Mediterranean opening, a new bakery in Redondo, Hey 19’s birthday, Lou’s on the Hill’s whiskey night, Sausal stars in El Segundo….

A La Carte: Azure Mediterranean opening, a new bakery in Redondo, Hey 19’s birthday, Lou’s on the Hill’s whiskey night, Sausal stars in El Segundo….

Coming Attractions… I’ve had a look inside Azure Mediterranean Restaurant, the place taking the long-vacant spot next to Ortega 120, and it looks lovely. What had been a dark cavern is now sunny and open, and there are several inviting small rooms for private parties. The restaurant should be open by the end of the […]

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A La Carte 10/01/15

A La Carte 10/01/15

Back From The Brink… The For Sale sign on the building housing El Indio is down, and the Mexican restaurant and tortilla factory that has been serving Redondo since 1960 will keep doing so. Both the building and business have a new owner, and they’ve spruced the place up and brought some more modern items […]

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A La Carte – South Bay Restaurant News for 03 September

A La Carte – South Bay Restaurant News for 03 September

An Institution Goes Dark… It’s a sad time for soul food lovers across the South Bay, as Torrance institution Flossie’s has closed after 25 years in business. This may be hard to tell for the casual passerby, as the dark windows always made the place look closed, but according to the sign on the door […]