Dining

 Richard Foss

Side street sushi score [restaurant review]

Side street sushi score [restaurant review]

Black Bamboo offers a remedy for palate ennui

There are meals that nourish not only to the body, but the mind. They feed the part that wants to be enchanted by beautiful colors and interesting shapes, with varying textures and fresh flavors that change over the course of the meal. They engage you so the cares of the rest of your day disappear […]

 Richard Foss

Aviation Curve oasis [restaurant review]

Aviation Curve oasis [restaurant review]

Georgia’s Lounge offers simple food and complex drinks in a chill space

In some of my reviews I have made a distinction between a bar that serves food and a restaurant that serves alcohol, and I think some people took the former designation as a negative thing. Some bars that serve food don’t have their heart in it and base their menu on how fast things can […]

 Richard Foss

A Little Piece of Italy [restaurant review]

A Little Piece of Italy [restaurant review]

A tiny cafe on the Hermosa Plaza serves uncompromising versions of the Veneto regional specialties

One of the odder effects of the pandemic has been to level the playing field for modest restaurants. When everybody is serving outdoors on improvised patios, the view of the beach, street-life, or in some cases a brick wall is the same as their neighbors’. People who wouldn’t have given some places a second glance […]

 Richard Foss

Adios Barrio, Denny’s decamps, A Fish rising, above standard at Pacific Standard Prime

Adios Barrio, Denny’s decamps, A Fish rising, above standard at Pacific Standard Prime

A La Carte column for 02 September 2020

Diner Decamps: The Kettle in Manhattan Beach is now the last 24 hour dining spot in the Beach Cities, as the Denny’s at the corner of Artesia and Aviation made it official that they won’t reopen. This was not a culinary star in the South Bay, or even a decent coffee shop compared to others […]

 Richard Foss

Mexican time machine [restaurant review]

Mexican time machine [restaurant review]

Little has changed over the years at The Red Onion, and they like it that way

One hundred and ten years ago, railroad magnate Henry Huntington cashed in on a craze inspired by a melodramatic novel. Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona” was set in Spanish California, and it set off a craze for tamales, enchiladas, and other Mexican dishes. The story inspired Huntington to open Casa Verdugo, which set the standard for […]

 Richard Foss

Quality in the marina [restaurant review]

Quality in the marina [restaurant review]

Quality Seafood is a classic waterfront spot, offering seafood from local fishermen

My grandmother grew up by the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and like most people from that area was particular about seafood. Before ordering crab cakes at a restaurant she would pepper the server with questions – was it made with leg meat, claw, or backfin lump, and where was the crab from? Servers usually had […]

 Richard Foss

Korean by the Bay [restaurant review]

Korean by the Bay [restaurant review]

A tiny South Hermosa café offers down-home Korean

All native Angelenos have had a conversation with some New England transplant who has an inexplicable nostalgia for extreme seasons. They wax lyrical about snow, which we regard as something kept properly imprisoned in a box to keep beer cold, and a  phenomenon called autumn during which trees look pretty while trying not to die. […]

 Kevin Cody

Tin Roof hosts Tequila Mandala brothers

Tin Roof hosts Tequila Mandala brothers

Tin Roof in Manhattan Beach to host a Tequila Mandala tasting Tuesday, Aug. 18.