Richard Foss

Dinner, movie optional [restaurant review]

Dinner, movie optional [restaurant review]

Jackson's Food and Drink by the Arclight is worth a visit whether or not you stay for the movie

In the 1950s, “dinner and a movie” was a first date cliché, a way to go out and not do anything overtly romantic like dancing, which might risk the couple actually touching one anotherr. Restaurants near movie theaters benefited from the traffic, and servers might get larger tips if they perfected the art of offering […]

 Richard Foss

North Africa comes to East Hermosa [dining feature]

North Africa comes to East Hermosa [dining feature]

New Barsha restaurant offers innovative food but preserves Suzy’s musical soul

Adnen and Lenora Marouani accomplished their dream when they opened a wine, spirits, and specialty store. The previous wine shop in that location hadn’t done well, but after years of high stress and long hours working in restaurants, the young couple was ready for a change and a challenge. “I love wine, drink wine, study […]

 Richard Foss

East Hermosa chic, changes at Basque Kitchen, Asian street food, and more dining news

East Hermosa chic, changes at Basque Kitchen, Asian street food, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 03 October 2019

East Hermosa Star: Barsha is open at the corner of Aviation and Prospect, giving Hermosa one of only three Tunisian restaurants in Southern California. The décor is a mix of California contemporary design and North African elements, and it’s beautiful. The unusual cuisine is likely to bring in people who usually speed right through East […]

 Richard Foss

Strategic restraint [restaurant review]

Strategic restraint [restaurant review]

The Friday night "seafood forward" buffet offers so many choices that diners may want to pace themselves.

Terranea’s Catalina Kitchen Friday night buffet may be too much of a good thing.

 Richard Foss

Land Conservancy Executive Director Adrienne Moran’s Sage Advice

Land Conservancy Executive Director Adrienne Moran’s Sage Advice

Land Conservancy executive director Adrienne Mohan leads 30-year celebration of efforts to restore Peninsula open spaces to their native state

 Richard Foss

Pies and pours [restaurant review]

Pies and pours [restaurant review]

For the best meal at Slice & Pint, order what they’re named after

Part of the artistry of poetry is brevity, knowing what needs to be described and what is best left to the imagination. “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou” is less descriptive than “A screw-top bottle of merlot, a loaf of crusty whole wheat, and thou,” but the former has a certain […]

 Richard Foss

The pasta king’s tiny realm

The pasta king’s tiny realm

There are only three tables and a counter at Fatta a Mano, and they like it that way by Richard Foss One of the most desirable restaurant tables in Redondo can’t be booked online and it’s entirely free of fancy cutlery, fine china, or even a tablecloth. It’s one of three at Fatto a Mano, […]

 Richard Foss

The pasta king’s tiny realm [restaurant review]

The pasta king’s tiny realm [restaurant review]

There are only three tables and a counter at Fatta a Mano, and they like it that way

One of the most desirable restaurant tables in Redondo can’t be booked online and it’s entirely free of fancy cutlery, fine china, or even a tablecloth. It’s one of three at Fatto a Mano, a restaurant that can seat a maximum of 10 people. At peak times there’s a wait of over an hour, and […]

 Richard Foss

Marvelous Manhattan, Molto Italiano, and Oktoberfest in September

Marvelous Manhattan, Molto Italiano, and Oktoberfest in September

A La Carte column for 12 September 2019

Big news on Manhattan Avenue: The construction at Fonz’s was announced as a facelift for the old business, but this week it was revealed the space will become a new restaurant. Famed chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse will open a new seafood-centered restaurant called Coast. If all goes well they’ll be serving by the end […]

 Richard Foss

Off the rails – but that’s a good thing [restaurant review]

Off the rails – but that’s a good thing [restaurant review]

Calimex’s new owners have brought color and vigor to a sleepy hangout

At various times I’ve poked gentle fun at family members who repeatedly go to a restaurant where they always have the same meal. The phrase we usually use is “running on rails,” to indicate no actual decisions are made while ordering. This is despite the fact that I had a guilty secret: when I went […]

 Richard Foss

From the Sea to the Hill [business profile]

From the Sea to the Hill [business profile]

The Great American International Seafood Market delivers on its name with global and local offerings

One of the greatest advantages for any restaurant along the California coast is an ocean view, and it’s been the case since visitors arrived in buggies, Model T’s, and red car trolleys. The same goes for private homes, architects know that a dining room with a vista of the Pacific is a sure selling point. […]

 Richard Foss

Jimmy’s departs, Paella Sundays, upcoming openings, and more dining events

Jimmy’s departs, Paella Sundays, upcoming openings, and more dining events

A La Carte column for 21 August 2019

End Of An Era… Jimmy’s Kouzina has served its last souvlaki, the end of an enterprise that has been in business since 1984. The Italian and Greek restaurant opened as Old Venice but never served Venetian-style food, and it has been a mainstay in downtown Manhattan Beach. Their customers will mourn the loss of a […]

 Richard Foss

Soom Soom So So [restaurant review]

Soom Soom So So [restaurant review]

The new Israeli restaurant in Plaza El Segundo has promise, but needs some fixing

The lines on a global map change occasionally, the names more frequently, but the cultures generally evolve at glacial speed. When Czechoslovakia separated into two countries in 1992 it didn’t change traditional dance, literature or cooking. (The Slovaks did have to learn a new national anthem, but many probably just move their lips when it’s […]

 Richard Foss

Vietnamese for vegetarians

Vietnamese for vegetarians

Everything at this Southeast Asian cafe is plant-based, and most of it works

Occasionally I see a place with a name like “Jolly Cow Burgers” and wonder what about that establishment might spark bovine levity. I don’t think cattle are particularly intelligent compared to people, though the performance of certain politicians as stupid herd animals puts that in doubt. Nevertheless, even something as dim as a cow must […]

 Richard Foss

Darren’s Dare [restaurant review]

Darren’s Dare [restaurant review]

A celebrated chef arrives at a place better known as a nightlife destination.

Some things are so widely believed to be impossible that they’re rarely tried. In the hospitality industry one of these truisms is that once a place has an established identity as a bar that serves food, you can’t transition into an upscale restaurant. You can do it if you change the name and décor, but […]

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