Dining

Sibling’s sibling shines [restaurant review]
 September 19, 2018  Richard Foss

Sibling’s sibling shines [restaurant review]

There is a well-worn formula for success in the restaurant industry: create an appealing concept, work it until it’s perfect, then open branch operations that…

Serve on Second stuck on first [restaurant review]
 September 13, 2018  Richard Foss

Serve on Second stuck on first [restaurant review]

There is an edgy feel that you get in a new restaurant, when staff is still figuring out how the system works, the kitchen is…

 September 12, 2018  Richard Foss

Yellow Vase opens two, P.F. Chang’s closes, Big Wok gets bigger, and more dining news

Common Complaint, Technological Response… Look at any survey of diners and one of the top complaints will be uncomfortably noisy restaurants. Since my email is…

Magic in the kitchen [restaurant review]
 September 12, 2018  Richard Foss

Magic in the kitchen [restaurant review]

Let’s get this out of the way first: you didn’t go out for dinner at the Comedy and Magic Club primarily because you liked the…

Discover Java Man in Hermosa Beach (video)
 September 12, 2018  Brad Jacobson

Discover Java Man in Hermosa Beach (video)

Discover Java Man in Hermosa Beach Hip before hipsters existed! Java Man, one of the last independent coffee shops in the South Bay, has been…

 Richard Foss

Old favorite lives up to memories [restaurant review]

Old favorite lives up to memories [restaurant review]

Riviera Mexican Grill satisfies Kiwi craving

I have a friend who visits from New Zealand once a year, and we have a ritual for his arrival and departure. As we clear the airport, we’re already discussing which Mexican restaurant we’ll visit. We often don’t even bother to stop by my house to drop off the luggage, because he has been thinking […]

 Richard Foss

A star is born [restaurant review]

A star is born [restaurant review]

Jute at Westdrift’s flashy dishes revitalize the former Marriott

One of the oldest ideas in movies about movies is that of the backup singer, bit-part boy, or chorus girl who dons a star’s clothes and shows that they have the talent to be a star themselves. The actor who has been part of the scenery is transformed before our eyes, and we wonder how […]

 Richard Foss

Randy’s Doughnuts Arrives, Ragin’ Cajun departs, Italian brunch, and more dining news…

Randy’s Doughnuts Arrives, Ragin’ Cajun departs, Italian brunch, and more dining news…

A La Carte column for 23 August 2018

Cajuns Depart Hermosa… The big surprise of the week was the sudden closure of the Original Ragin’ Cajun in Hermosa after a year and a half in business. The restaurant served the food of Western Louisiana in authentic style, and will be missed by all who love real Southern cuisine. They may have suffered from […]

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