Richard Foss

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

by Richard Foss Architecture creates expectations, and it can start communicating something about a business at first glance. You could be illiterate and still know what El Torito serves because of the hacienda look, and the same is true of places like Izakaya in Manhattan Beach, Captain Kidd’s, or any Denny’s in the world. That […]

 Richard Foss

The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Here’s a tip for your first trip to Brewport: take a jacket with you even if it’s a warm day. Not that you’ll want to wear it, but so you’ll have something to put over the back of your chair. You’ll be getting up a lot during your visit, and that way […]

 Richard Foss

Three decades of high standards keep Houston’s a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Three decades of high  standards keep Houston’s  a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane.

  by Richard Foss Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane. Whatever my original goal was, I find myself lingering over reviews of places from decades gone by, remembering meals when arugula in salad, Asian […]

 Kevin Cody

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

David “Sleepy Eyed Dave” Letchworth, a central figure in the South Bay bar and restaurant business, dating back to the Pier 52 and Schlumpfelder’s bars he owned in downtown Hermosa Beach in the early 1970s, passed away March 7, at age 78. His memorial service is Sunday, May 7 at his former Poncho and Wong’s restaurant in King Harbor.

 Teri Marin

Dumpling mania Restaurant in Torrance

The people behind the glass are hand-rolling dumplings that will be steamed, boiled, or fried and served to patrons at Din Tai Fung, the South Bay’s newest and most popular Chinese restaurant.

by Richard Foss As you stroll past trendy clothing stores on the upper floor of the Del Amo Mall, you find yourself looking at an unlikely scene: a glass wall separates you from an undecorated white room that looks like it might be an operating theater. Inside a group of people wearing spotless white uniforms […]

 Brad Jacobson

The Past and Future of Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach (Video)

The Past and Future of Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach (Video)

The Past and Future of Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach Mickey’s Italian Deli in Hermosa Beach has been a go-to stop for beach goers since 1953 selling cold cuts, cheeses, sandwiches, lasagna and a ton of other goodies. Civic Couch host Steve Napolitano sits down with the owners Paul and Mickey Mance to discuss the […]

 Kevin Cody

New Year’s Eve 2016 at the Beach

New Year’s Eve 2016 at the Beach

Lou Giovanetti and his Big Band help turn Hermosa Pier Plaza into the South Bay’s answer to Times Square on New Year’s eve. New Year’s celebrations for every age and price will be held throughout the Beach Cities.

 Richard Foss

Beach Dining – HT Grill

A change of courses HT Grill unveils a new menu that challenges expectations. by Richard Foss I have been told by people who are experts in such things that the pattern of taste buds on your tongue is as individual as your fingerprints or retinal pattern. Along with the chemistry of your saliva, this affects […]

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The cuisine of India you didn’t know

The cuisine of India you didn’t know

  Kochi focuses on the cuisine of Southern India by Richard Foss If you ask anyone at a business seminar what they should do if they offer a unique product, you’ll get the same answer every time: flaunt it! Give samples! Train all your salespeople to explain its virtues so customers will be climbing over […]

 Richard Foss

Il canto Italiani [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Il canto Italiani [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Chef Aliaga’s in-house pastas and sausages and co-owner Lou Giovanetti voice make for magical meals

Chef Aliaga’s in-house pastas and sausages and co-owner Lou Giovanetti voice make for magical meals

 Richard Foss

Dining with a view (of the clothing department)

Bazille, tucked away inside Nordstroms, is a hidden gem

The South Bay has had a fair number of restaurants themed around art, including eateries named after Picasso, Matisse, Boccaccio, and other painters ancient and modern. This is usually an excuse to decorate the place for the appropriate century, hang a few impressionists or old masters, and get to the more important business of ordering […]

 Richard Foss

Straddling Suburbia

Offerings straddle American and Asian influences, with a smattering of global items like Lebanese lamb with hummus and Mexican-style street corn

by Richard Foss Riviera Village has been called “South Bay’s Little Italy,” and the appellation fits. Of the last 10 restaurants to open here, seven specialize in Italian food and all seem to be doing well. When the Blackhouse Group took over a former Italian restaurant, I wasn’t the only one to wonder what region […]

 Richard Foss

Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

Austere surroundings, lavish fare at Kagura in El Segundo

by Richard Foss A few years ago I took a trip through Germany and overdosed on baroque art. At first I was enchanted with finding details within details in paintings that sprawled across walls, but after a few days the blizzard of intricacy became fatiguing. I tried to imagine the mind of the craftsman who […]

 Richard Foss

Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

Paisano’s, a classic NYC pizzeria, is a South Bay mainstay

by Richard Foss You don’t have to have lived in the South Bay very long to realize how completely our restaurant scene has changed. I have a better perspective on this than most people, because I have been writing about the area for over thirty years and can look back at any given year. Just […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – King’s Cove

We were halfway through lunch when I was transfixed by an astonishing display of grace and athleticism. An ice dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and then performed a dazzling series of leaps and spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while others who were used to the spectacle murmured or nodded […]

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