Dining

Distance dining, Mediterranean style [restaurant review]
 May 31, 2020  Richard Foss

Distance dining, Mediterranean style [restaurant review]

One casualty of the pandemic is the death of spontaneous dining. Two months ago, seeing an old friend at a store might lead to lunch…

South Bay restaurants have reopened
 May 30, 2020  Jefferson Graham

South Bay restaurants have reopened

On Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach Saturday, it was just another busy summer day at most of the newly reopened restaurants. …

New beginnings, new menus, old ideas [dining news]
 May 20, 2020  Richard Foss

New beginnings, new menus, old ideas [dining news]

Signs Of Life: For two months the news has been all about closings, but a few entrepreneurs are bucking the trend. Little Simmzy’s just opened…

Sushi without the show [restaurant review]
 May 17, 2020  Richard Foss

Sushi without the show [restaurant review]

You may be surprised to know that getting your sushi in a restaurant rather than to go is quite modern. Sushi was a street food,…

Louisiana lockdown delight [restaurant review]
 May 6, 2020  Richard Foss

Louisiana lockdown delight [restaurant review]

One of the more interesting new cuisines in America came about from a rare moment of bureaucratic inspiration. When a wave of Vietnamese refugees came…

 Richard Foss

Fried Chicken takeout challenge [restaurant review]

Fried Chicken takeout challenge [restaurant review]

One of my favorite American meals is fried chicken — the real thing, not the not the stuff sold by a certain franchise operation best known by three initials. An expert in the fried chicken business referred to their product as “nothing more than a fried dough ball wrapped around some chicken.” That expert was […]

 Richard Foss

Pop-up poke, a new pizzeria, Goat Hill migration, take-out ecology, and more dining news

Pop-up poke, a new pizzeria, Goat Hill migration, take-out ecology, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 23 April 2020

Life Beneath The Surface: The “For Lease” signs are down at the former Ragin’ Cajun on upper Pier Avenue in Hermosa, which will soon become another branch of El Tarasco. This looks like a savvy move, which will give them dine-in space without much competition in food style or price point in the immediate neighborhood. […]

 Richard Foss

Brave plans for new eateries, unusual strategies for established ones, and more Good Stuff

Brave plans for new eateries, unusual strategies for established ones, and more Good Stuff

A La Carte column for 16 April 2020

For the first time since I started writing this column almost 20 years ago, there isn’t a single restaurant opening to announce. That’s not particularly surprising given the current circumstances, but it’s still sad. There are new places on the horizon, of course, since construction work has continued at many projects that were already in […]

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