Best of the Beach

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Grunions: Best of the Beach 2018 Sports bar food

Grunions: Best of the Beach 2018 Sports bar food

It’s no longer unusual for bars to have great food, but Grunions has been doing it since before the word “gastropub” was on everyone’s lips. Take a gander at a copy of the printed menu from 1974 that the restaurant keeps around. Then as now, the cheesesteak was the specialty. And, at $10.25, it’s still […]

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Palmilla: Best of the Beach 2018 Tequila, Martini Bar

Palmilla: Best of the Beach 2018 Tequila, Martini Bar

  During Happy Hour on a recent Friday afternoon, a customer was sipping a cucumber-jalapeño martini made with Hendrick’s gin. She imbibed slowly, both out of caution for its potency and out of reverence for its taste. “It’s delicious,” the woman pronounced. “Delicious” takes on a whole new meaning inside Palmilla, an upscale Mexican restaurant […]

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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream: Best of the Beach 2018 Ice Cream Parlor

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream: Best of the Beach 2018 Ice Cream Parlor

Bridget Gray isn’t personally crazy about ice cream, but she’s happy to give her kids the occasional sundae. “If you’re going to have a treat, you might as well go all out,” Gray said. “I don’t eat much sugar, but I guess it says a lot if I’m not a sugar fan that I take […]

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Riviera Mexican Grill: Best of the Beach 2018 Margarita

Riviera Mexican Grill: Best of the Beach 2018 Margarita

Believe it or not, the key to a perfect margarita isn’t how special the tequila is. “The secret is in the mix,” said bartender Ritchi Petroshanoff. It’s a simple mix, common to most margarita mixes: sugar, lemon and lime juices, and water mixed just right. Just about any tequila would make a good margarita with […]

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The Comedy & Magic Club: Best of the Beach 2018 Comedy

The Comedy & Magic Club: Best of the Beach 2018 Comedy

For nearly a half-century, owner Mike Lacey has brought the hottest national headliners to Hermosa Beach, including such luminaries as Jay Leno (almost every Sunday), Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Kevin Nealon and Robin Williams. Lacey’s formula is simple: know what’s funny is, and respect the comedians,. Comedians have long raved about the care and feeding […]

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Slider Stop: Best of the Beach 2018 Sliders

Slider Stop: Best of the Beach 2018 Sliders

People love Slider Stop because everything about the experience is fun. Little sandwiches are served with a dizzying variety of flavors, and you can mix and match a few and have a varied and interesting lunch. When the sliders arrive they’re not only tasty, they’re cute. Any time you stop in you’ll see people taking […]

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In-N-Out Burger: Best of the Beach 2018 Fast-Food Hamburger

Beaches, palm trees, freeways, In-N-Out Burger. Few things are as emblematic of Southern California culture as its homegrown, family-owned burger chain – save for, perhaps, the drive-thru lines wrapping around the building, reminiscent of drive-time traffic. The company’s simple menu (which only recently added hot cocoa) and relatively low prices have helped ensure that the […]

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DJ Black Sheep: Best of the Beach 2018 DJ

DJ Black Sheep: Best of the Beach 2018 DJ

Diego “DJ Black Sheep” Rodriguez holds down residencies at Sharkeez, Tower 12 and American Junkie, and is in talks to add a summer gig in the LA area or Vegas. “I try to incorporate every genre during my sets to keep it fun and unexpected,” he said. His 12 years of experience, he said, has […]

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Friends of the Vine: Best of the Beach 2018 Wine Bar

Friends of the Vine: Best of the Beach 2018 Wine Bar

It’s just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday – shortly after Friends of the Vine opens – and already one of the wine bar’s regulars, Stella, is in her usual seat at the corner of the bar. “[She’s] the reason we’ve been open this long,” owner Fred Eguchi joked. Friends of the Vine owners Tracy and […]

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Good Stuff Palos Verdes: Best of the Beach 2018 Servers Hannah Saint, Tadeo Gonzalez

Good Stuff Palos Verdes: Best of the Beach 2018 Servers  Hannah Saint,  Tadeo Gonzalez

  “They’re customer oriented, they’re very accommodating, and they’re comfortable in what they do. They both have a great sense of reading customers, knowing how much they want to be engaged,” Good Stuff owner Cris Bennett said of servers Hannah Saint and Tadeo Gonzalez. He said the two exemplify the Good Stuff ideal, with friendly […]

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Coyote Cantina: Best of the Beach 2018 Female bartender Kristina Cordova

Coyote Cantina: Best of the Beach 2018 Female bartender  Kristina Cordova

Kristina Cordova has been working at Coyote Cantina for almost 16 years. That’s a long time in today’s economy, and even more uncommon in the restaurant industry. What keeps her coming back, she said, is the customers. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m going to work. I feel like I’m going to hang out with […]

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Andy & Renee and Hard Rain: Best of the Beach 2018 Original Music Band

Andy & Renee and Hard Rain: Best of the Beach 2018 Original Music Band

  It’s become axiomatic that one must put in 10,000 hours to master any craft. Andy Hill and Renee Safier have probably doubled or tripled that number just as musicians and songwriters, but they’ve also put their time in on stage. They’ve been playing together since 1986 and —  along with their band, Hard Rain […]

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Original Ragin Cajun: Best of the Beach 2018 Southern/Cajun

Original Ragin Cajun: Best of the Beach 2018 Southern/Cajun

They’re back in Hermosa, and back at the top of our poll. Stephen Domingue has been an ambassador for the authentic flavors and hospitality of Western Louisiana since 1992, and along with his sister Jeanine, they keep the place authentic. The Southern roadhouse on Pier Avenue is where most of us first tried this richly […]

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Phuket Thai: Best of the Beach 2018 Thai, Southeast Asian

  Even in the fast-moving South Bay restaurant scene, some things don’t change. Phuket Thai has won or been a close second in this category for over a decade. It certainly isn’t their location, which is in a nondescript multi-use building and lacks the gaudy architecture of Southeast Asia. Their curries have the characteristic Thai […]

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Hermosa Beach Fish Shop: Best of the Beach 2018 Seafood (other than sushi), Specialty Salad, Seafood Soup

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop: Best of the Beach 2018 Seafood (other than sushi), Specialty Salad, Seafood Soup

  Hermosa Beach Fish Shop can do no wrong when it comes to all things seafood. Our readers voted them tops when it comes to fish restaurant in general, seafood soup in particular, and also for specialty salad because their grilled fish over a salad is a hugely popular item. Fish Shop’s strategy is to […]

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