Dining

 Richard Foss

New beginnings, new menus, old ideas [dining news]

New beginnings, new menus, old ideas [dining news]

A La Carte dining column for 21 May 2020

Signs Of Life: For two months the news has been all about closings, but a few entrepreneurs are bucking the trend. Little Simmzy’s just opened in The Point in El Segundo, an offshoot of the popular Manhattan Beach burger and beer joint. This highlights the unexpected resilience of this development – despite the fact that […]

 Richard Foss

Sushi without the show [restaurant review]

Sushi without the show [restaurant review]

Is restaurant sushi worth the premium over supermarket sushi? Our reviewer puts them to the test

You may be surprised to know that getting your sushi in a restaurant rather than to go is quite modern. Sushi was a street food, a snack picked up from roadside stalls in Tokyo, and it wasn’t even well-known in the rest of Japan until the 1920s. Sushi didn’t come indoors until after World War […]

 Richard Foss

Louisiana lockdown delight [restaurant review]

Louisiana lockdown delight [restaurant review]

Matty’s Crawdaddies brings Cajun-Asian fusion to South Redondo

One of the more interesting new cuisines in America came about from a rare moment of bureaucratic inspiration. When a wave of Vietnamese refugees came to the US in the 1980’s, some bright spark in the federal government suggested settling them among Cajuns in Southern Louisiana. Both people tended to be fluent in French, follow […]

 Richard Foss

Fried Chicken takeout challenge [restaurant review]

Fried Chicken takeout challenge [restaurant review]

One of my favorite American meals is fried chicken — the real thing, not the not the stuff sold by a certain franchise operation best known by three initials. An expert in the fried chicken business referred to their product as “nothing more than a fried dough ball wrapped around some chicken.” That expert was […]

 Richard Foss

Pop-up poke, a new pizzeria, Goat Hill migration, take-out ecology, and more dining news

Pop-up poke, a new pizzeria, Goat Hill migration, take-out ecology, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 23 April 2020

Life Beneath The Surface: The “For Lease” signs are down at the former Ragin’ Cajun on upper Pier Avenue in Hermosa, which will soon become another branch of El Tarasco. This looks like a savvy move, which will give them dine-in space without much competition in food style or price point in the immediate neighborhood. […]

 Richard Foss

Brave plans for new eateries, unusual strategies for established ones, and more Good Stuff

Brave plans for new eateries, unusual strategies for established ones, and more Good Stuff

A La Carte column for 16 April 2020

For the first time since I started writing this column almost 20 years ago, there isn’t a single restaurant opening to announce. That’s not particularly surprising given the current circumstances, but it’s still sad. There are new places on the horizon, of course, since construction work has continued at many projects that were already in […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Restaurants Take-out Guide: Good Stuff delivers 700 take-out meals to hospital workers

South Bay Restaurants Take-out Guide: Good Stuff delivers 700 take-out meals to hospital workers

South Bay restaurants step up take-out during dining-in prohibition. Good stuff delivers 700 meals to hospitals

 Richard Foss

Hooking up with take-out [restaurant review]

Hooking up with take-out [restaurant review]

Food to go from Hook & Plow in Redondo may give home cooks fresh ideas, or encourage more take-out

The stay-at-home order has had an interesting side effect, as amateur cooks who suddenly have free time are upping their game in the kitchen. Old family recipes from an era when women stayed at home and cooked all day seemed too complex and time consuming only a month ago. Now that we’re staying home and […]