Dining

 Richard Foss

Ten for ’20 [dining feature]

Ten for ’20 [dining feature]

The 10 best restaurants to open last year span the culinary and budget landscapes

Many fine restaurants opened in the Beach Cities in 2019 – but you probably already noticed that. Visiting all of them is an adventure that takes you from modest cafes to elegant, curated spaces, with coffeehouses, grocery store lunch counters, mini-malls, and office parks along the way. As always, it’s a struggle to compile a […]

 Richard Foss

Restaurant titans Chez Mélange, Abigaile announce closures

Restaurant titans Chez Mélange, Abigaile announce closures

The two restaurants launched careers and trends, but both will soon shutter

Less than two weeks into the new year, South Bay diners were hit with not one but two bombshells: two restaurants that changed the area’s culinary culture were closing. Chez Mélange opened in 1982, Abigaile in 2012. Both launched trends that continue to shape the South Bay. When Chez Mélange opened the South Bay restaurant […]

 Richard Foss

Decadence switched, Front Porch opens, Serbian in Segundo, Tunisian feast, and other restaurant news

Decadence switched, Front Porch opens, Serbian in Segundo, Tunisian feast, and other restaurant news

A La Carte column for 16 January 2020

This is usually a quiet time on the restaurant front, when the tourist trade is at its ebb and dinner specials prop up a slow season. That is not the case this week. The South Bay restaurant scene has been rocked by the announcement of the imminent closures of Chez Mélange and Abigaile. (See related […]

 Richard Foss

Most Excellent Mosa [restaurant review]

Most Excellent Mosa [restaurant review]

Mosa Coastal brings an artistic fusion to south Hermosa Beach

If you see only one canvas by a painter, you’ll have a glimpse at their sense of composition, their skill at brushwork, perhaps their inventiveness with color. And that’s all, a glimpse, because you don’t know the context of the piece. Was it their first sale or a mature work, perhaps a commission rather than […]

 Richard Foss

Plenty of flavor, no meat [restaurant review]

Plenty of flavor, no meat [restaurant review]

The Grain Café in Redondo offers strikingly good vegan food with a Mexican twist

As you walk into The Grain Café in Redondo, you see a large painted and carved image of a Mayan cuddling a tapir, a Central American animal that resembles a cross between a pig and a miniature elephant. This is an unusual image because tapirs aren’t generally companionable, and are aggressive when defending their territory. […]

 Richard Foss

2019 Dining in review – Restaurants go round ‘n round

Trump dining tariff in the offing?

 Richard Foss

ES dining – Hub for grub at The Proud Bird

ES dining – Hub for grub at The Proud Bird

The Proud Bird is an LA-centric foodbar hidden near the airport and offering a well prepared variety

 Richard Foss

Barsha serving again, other restaurants delayed, Mickey’s raising funds for ALS, and more restaurant news

Barsha serving again, other restaurants delayed, Mickey’s raising funds for ALS, and more restaurant news

A La Carte column for 19 December 2019

Eating My Words For Lunch: In last week’s review I made a rather large goof, so I’m starting this week’s column with a retraction. I said that Caffe Tre Venezie was the only Italian-style coffeehouse in the South Bay, which it isn’t. Redondo’s Roman Aroma has a similar dedication to authentic Italian coffee, panini, and […]