Dining

Quietly excellent [restaurant review]
 August 6, 2020  Richard Foss

Quietly excellent [restaurant review]

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…

Infernal pizza, high level dining, scam sites, and more restaurant news
 July 29, 2020  Richard Foss

Infernal pizza, high level dining, scam sites, and more restaurant news

Fragile resurgence:  A superficial glance at the dining scene makes it look like things are almost back to normal. There were lines for Sunday brunch…

Celebrating cafe society [restaurant review]
 July 27, 2020  Richard Foss

Celebrating cafe society [restaurant review]

When you dream of a summer vacation in a sophisticated city, your mind is likely to turn to Paris, perhaps to a fantasy involving a…

Corporate does quality [restaurant review]
 July 23, 2020  Richard Foss

Corporate does quality [restaurant review]

Many years ago I worked at a company that did business with a commercial printer. It was here I first saw a tattered sign by…

Chicken Challenge 3 – Bring the heat [restaurant review]
 July 21, 2020  Richard Foss

Chicken Challenge 3 – Bring the heat [restaurant review]

One of America’s hottest food trends, literally and figuratively, started as an act of revenge when a woman who was angry with her boyfriend put…

 Richard Foss

The middle of everything [restaurant review]

The middle of everything [restaurant review]

An East Hermosa restaurant serves food from the center of the Southern Mediterranean

The ancient Romans called the waters around the Italian peninsula “the ocean at the center of the world” – that’s one literal translation of the word Mediterranean. In an era when travel was fastest by water, control of the center of that sea was a natural advantage for their empire. In times of war, troops […]

 Richard Foss

Dinner and a show, Trinidadian street food, one less Hawaiian, and more restaurant news

Dinner and a show, Trinidadian street food, one less Hawaiian, and more restaurant news

A La Carte column for 16 July 2020

A Little Dinner Music: The live music scene was one of the many casualties of the pandemic, but one restaurant is working on a way to bring back the excitement of new tunes and the joy of a good meal, together. Baran’s 2239 has partnered with One Talented Universe, which has a high-tech performance space […]

 Richard Foss

Manhattan House back in plain sight [restaurant review]

Manhattan House back in plain sight [restaurant review]

Once easily overlooked by fast passing traffic, their new outdoor dining and new menus is catching diners’ interest

There are people who drive by Manhattan House every day and have never stopped in to see what they do. It’s easy to understand why this happens. There is speedy traffic most of the day at by the northwest corner of Sepulveda and Manhattan Beach boulevards, and the gaudy mural that is intended to advertise […]

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