Dining

A Little Piece of Italy [restaurant review]
 September 9, 2020  Richard Foss

A Little Piece of Italy [restaurant review]

One of the odder effects of the pandemic has been to level the playing field for modest restaurants. When everybody is serving outdoors on improvised…

Adios Barrio, Denny’s decamps, A Fish rising, above standard at Pacific Standard Prime
 September 2, 2020  Richard Foss

Adios Barrio, Denny’s decamps, A Fish rising, above standard at Pacific Standard Prime

Diner Decamps: The Kettle in Manhattan Beach is now the last 24 hour dining spot in the Beach Cities, as the Denny’s at the corner…

Mexican time machine [restaurant review]
 August 30, 2020  Richard Foss

Mexican time machine [restaurant review]

One hundred and ten years ago, railroad magnate Henry Huntington cashed in on a craze inspired by a melodramatic novel. Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona” was…

Quality in the marina [restaurant review]
 August 27, 2020  Richard Foss

Quality in the marina [restaurant review]

My grandmother grew up by the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and like most people from that area was particular about seafood. Before ordering crab cakes…

Korean by the Bay [restaurant review]
 August 19, 2020  Richard Foss

Korean by the Bay [restaurant review]

All native Angelenos have had a conversation with some New England transplant who has an inexplicable nostalgia for extreme seasons. They wax lyrical about snow,…

 Kevin Cody

Tin Roof hosts Tequila Mandala brothers

Tin Roof hosts Tequila Mandala brothers

Tin Roof in Manhattan Beach to host a Tequila Mandala tasting Tuesday, Aug. 18.

 Richard Foss

Steaks on PCH, ceviche on Pier, and an impossible name

Steaks on PCH, ceviche on Pier, and an impossible name

A La Carte column for 13 August 2020

Timing And Etiquette… To the delight of restaurateurs, the beach cities have been loosening regulations that forced very early closing times. Most have fewer seats than they used to, so turning the tables one more time each night is the key to being even marginally profitable. It may also allow more effective personal distancing, because […]

 Richard Foss

Chef Melba has offered quiet excellence in Hermosa Beach for 15 years

Chef Melba has offered quiet excellence in Hermosa Beach for 15 years

Chef Melba’s is a little outside of downtown Hermosa, physically and conceptually

Dining in downtown Hermosa has a certain style — loud, hip, and flashy, both high and low concept presented with larger than life exuberance. It’s great when you need a shot of energy, a reminder of the vividness of beach life, but there are times when the opposite is in order. Get away from the […]

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