Dining

Mysteries of the Chinese kitchen
 July 15, 2018  Richard Foss

Mysteries of the Chinese kitchen

Dining trends have come and gone, but my readers keep asking the same question – why does every Chinese restaurant in the South Bay serve…

Fiorelli moves on, Sister’s Barn opens, new ramen shop on PCH, and more dining news
 July 11, 2018  Richard Foss

Fiorelli moves on, Sister’s Barn opens, new ramen shop on PCH, and more dining news

A Master Departs… The big news this week is the departure of Chef Michael Fiorelli from Love & Salt, the restaurant he cofounded four years…

Vietnam Central [restaurant review]
 July 4, 2018  Richard Foss

Vietnam Central [restaurant review]

If you created a cuisine from scratch to fit modern Californian ideas, it might look a lot like Vietnamese food. There are plenty of vegetables,…

Late Night Delight [restaurant review]
 June 26, 2018  Richard Foss

Late Night Delight [restaurant review]

If you’re driving down Crenshaw Boulevard near midnight, you’ll pass row after row of bright but empty buildings flanked by vast, vacant parking lots. There…

Polly’s is still Polly’s on the Pier [restaurant review]
 June 21, 2018  Richard Foss

Polly’s is still Polly’s on the Pier [restaurant review]

Moving from one location to another is a challenge for any business. It helps to have an established clientele and an unusual product, or at…

 Richard Foss

Rooted in tradition: Radici in Hermosa Beach [restaurant review]

Rooted in tradition: Radici in Hermosa Beach [restaurant review]

Hermosa's newest Italian restaurant offers classics with style

Radici remains true to Northern Italian cuisine, presented in an urban Italian atmosphere

 Richard Foss

Hermosa restaurant openings ahead, Redondo high-end coffee, Chef Darren celebrated, and more dining news

Hermosa restaurant openings ahead, Redondo high-end coffee, Chef Darren celebrated, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 14 June 2018

Accuracy Versus Tact… Confucius is said to have remarked that the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. All the same, one can go too far with bluntness. It’s possible that Hey 19’s designation of their gluten-free, keto, and vegan selection as the “High Maintenance Menu” will offend some people, though […]

 Richard Foss

Love & Salt refocused [restaurant review]

Love & Salt refocused [restaurant review]

Chef Michael Fiorelli has reduced his offerings and sharpened his focus

There has been a subtle but interesting evolution at Love And Salt, which I reviewed shortly after it opened in 2014. Chef-partner Michael Fiorelli was inspired to a culinary career by a meeting with Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, and his cooking occasionally shows influence from Keller’s wild experimentation. The sprawling, eccentric and somewhat […]

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