Dining

New growth from an old tree [restaurant review]
 November 25, 2020  Richard Foss

New growth from an old tree [restaurant review]

After a business develops a loyal clientele, you can’t blame them for resting on their laurels. With the hard work of building a business done,…

LA County serves a big ‘turkey’ to restaurants. Shuts down patio serving beginning Thanksgiving Day
 November 24, 2020  Kevin Cody

LA County serves a big ‘turkey’ to restaurants. Shuts down patio serving beginning Thanksgiving Day

South Bay restaurants will be banned from serving on their outdoor patios, beginning Thanksgiving Day, for the first time since outdoor service was allowed in May, further crippling one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants have been prohibited from serving indoors since Saint Patrick’s Day.…

The Sicilian connection [restaurant review]
 November 23, 2020  Richard Foss

The Sicilian connection [restaurant review]

I was thinking about how strange it must be for an Italian who visits California for the first time. They might start in San Diego…

Heavy on the surf, light on the turf [restaurant review]
 November 19, 2020  Richard Foss

Heavy on the surf, light on the turf [restaurant review]

Even people who have never eaten on the beach in a Mexican ramada might have a longing for that environment. Imagine the sound of waves…

Mexican classic exiting, newcomer at Goat Hill, Turkey Day reinvented
 November 18, 2020  Richard Foss

Mexican classic exiting, newcomer at Goat Hill, Turkey Day reinvented

Benvenuto To Manhattan Beach: Don’t ask to speak to Chef Nando when you stop in at Nando Milano – the restaurant was named after the…

 Richard Foss

Blustery weather previews the future of dining

Blustery weather previews the future of dining

High winds test the preparation of restaurants and the dedication of diners

When I stopped by the Shellback Tavern last Friday the weekend forecast was for rain, and I asked Rico if he was concerned about it. “Rain, not much, because people can stay under the canopies. The problem will be the wind.” By the time we finished dinner, the breeze had strengthened and was threatening to […]

 Richard Foss

Shellback beckons old salts and pollywogs [restaurant review]

Shellback beckons old salts and pollywogs [restaurant review]

Good food, good prices, an unparalleled view

I’m glad I wasn’t drinking a beverage when I looked at the website for the Shellback Tavern. As soon as I saw the line encouraging people to “Come to our hip gastropub,” whatever I was imbibing would have come out of my nose. Hip? This is not the place to show off your designer clothes, […]

 Richard Foss

Redondo meets Brooklyn [restaurant review]

Redondo meets Brooklyn [restaurant review]

Charlie’s delivers simple East Coast Italian goodness

There’s a stereotype about people from New York City that we all recognize, of people who are brash, boastful, and generally larger than life. People from elsewhere in the state often like to put some distance between their areas and denizens of the Five Boroughs, but most of those who call Brooklyn or Manhattan home […]

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