Dining

 Kevin Cody

Parsley, sage, rosemary and time


There’s a new option for dining in downtown Los Angeles, my pinstriped brethren, in much part thanks to Hermosa Beach resident Sean Krajewski, 28. He and his three “partners” (the group resists typical corporate nomenclature) are creating what is quickly turning into a chain of sandwich shops known as Mendocino Farms.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa hideout: La Campagna


If you know real Italian food you can find much to love at Chef Manny’s La Campagna, if you can find La Campagna. Once you find the place and come inside, it’s a pretty room, though the romantic atmosphere is marred by TVs at both ends (luckily with the sound off). The menu is a straightforward list of pizzas, pastas, and Southern Italian specialties.

 Richard Foss

Creme de la Crepe a calm retreat [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Creme de la Crepe a calm retreat [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

A few years ago, I was rhapsodizing about how downtown Manhattan Beach had developed such an impressive variety of restaurants. A skeptic challenged me – sure, there are a lot more choices of cuisine than there used to be – but could I name one downtown restaurant that was quiet and relaxing? At the time, […]

 Kevin Cody

Sangria’s introduces Euro-Asian-American menu


by Richard Foss
Photos by Brent Broza (Brozaphoto.com)
They’ve served varying styles of Spanish, Mexican, Asian, and contemporary cuisine before deciding on a compromise – a menu that is a third European, a third Asian, and a third American. This is great if the kitchen has the chops to pull it off.

 Mark McDermott

Addi’s authentic southern cooking

Addi’s Tandoor celebrates the culinary tradition of southern India. Restaurant critic Richard Foss samples the restaurant’s beef vindaloo, “chillie mushroom,” prawns Kanyakumari, and bhindi dopiaza (okra with onions, tomatoes, cumin, and dried mango) and leaves dreaming of Indian voyages of long ago.

 Kevin Cody

A La Carte: Waterman’s, Izakaya-ya, Lou-E-Louey’s…

Ortega 120 has been calling their popular tequila classes “Tequila University,” a happy little conceit that is suddenly more real than it used to be. El Camino College decided that the classes are actually informative enough that culinary students can get class credit.

 Richard Foss

Best of the Beach 2010: Food

American food: Zane’s The winner and runner-up in this category have very different visions of what American food is – Memphis is a modern version of regional cuisine, while winner Zane’s offers a little of everything – steaks, seafood, pizza, Italian and original pastas, and a dash of Pacific Rim cooking. Our readers gave the […]

 Kevin Cody

A sense of place: American Farmhouse Roadside Grill

by Richard Foss One of the finest dining experiences I can remember was in a rustic farmhouse at the end of a long dirt road. “Everything you are eating was produced within sight of this dining room,” mentioned our server as he set out a magnificent meal. The ideal of local, fresh food was beautifully […]