Dining

Pies and pours [restaurant review]
 September 18, 2019  Richard Foss

Pies and pours [restaurant review]

Part of the artistry of poetry is brevity, knowing what needs to be described and what is best left to the imagination. “A jug of…

The pasta king’s tiny realm [restaurant review]
 September 12, 2019  Richard Foss

The pasta king’s tiny realm [restaurant review]

One of the most desirable restaurant tables in Redondo can’t be booked online and it’s entirely free of fancy cutlery, fine china, or even a…

Marvelous Manhattan, Molto Italiano, and Oktoberfest in September
 September 11, 2019  Richard Foss

Marvelous Manhattan, Molto Italiano, and Oktoberfest in September

Big news on Manhattan Avenue: The construction at Fonz’s was announced as a facelift for the old business, but this week it was revealed the…

Off the rails – but that’s a good thing [restaurant review]
 September 4, 2019  Richard Foss

Off the rails – but that’s a good thing [restaurant review]

At various times I’ve poked gentle fun at family members who repeatedly go to a restaurant where they always have the same meal. The phrase…

From the Sea to the Hill [business profile]
 August 22, 2019  Richard Foss

From the Sea to the Hill [business profile]

One of the greatest advantages for any restaurant along the California coast is an ocean view, and it’s been the case since visitors arrived in…

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Jimmy’s departs, Paella Sundays, upcoming openings, and more dining events

Jimmy’s departs, Paella Sundays, upcoming openings, and more dining events

A La Carte column for 21 August 2019

End Of An Era… Jimmy’s Kouzina has served its last souvlaki, the end of an enterprise that has been in business since 1984. The Italian and Greek restaurant opened as Old Venice but never served Venetian-style food, and it has been a mainstay in downtown Manhattan Beach. Their customers will mourn the loss of a […]

 Richard Foss

Soom Soom So So [restaurant review]

Soom Soom So So [restaurant review]

The new Israeli restaurant in Plaza El Segundo has promise, but needs some fixing

The lines on a global map change occasionally, the names more frequently, but the cultures generally evolve at glacial speed. When Czechoslovakia separated into two countries in 1992 it didn’t change traditional dance, literature or cooking. (The Slovaks did have to learn a new national anthem, but many probably just move their lips when it’s […]

 Richard Foss

Vietnamese for vegetarians

Vietnamese for vegetarians

Everything at this Southeast Asian cafe is plant-based, and most of it works

Occasionally I see a place with a name like “Jolly Cow Burgers” and wonder what about that establishment might spark bovine levity. I don’t think cattle are particularly intelligent compared to people, though the performance of certain politicians as stupid herd animals puts that in doubt. Nevertheless, even something as dim as a cow must […]

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