Dining

 Richard Foss

Restaurants get whiplash, pivot to take-out and delivery

Restaurants get whiplash, pivot to take-out and delivery

How local eateries are dealing with the ban on dining in

Things have been moving so fast recently that it might be good to start with just one fact for perspective. One week ago, you had well over two hundred options for dining out around the Beach Cities. Today you have none. The change happened so quickly that even the most agile restaurant owners had trouble […]

 Kevin Cody

Best of the Beach 2020 Ballot: Dining and Entertainment

Best of the Beach 2020 Ballot: Dining and Entertainment

Show your support and appreciation for your favorite dining and entertainment businesses by voting them Best of the Beach 2020.

 Richard Foss

Vegan pub, Big Wok’s big move, TedX food in Redondo, and more dining news

Vegan pub, Big Wok’s big move, TedX food in Redondo, and more dining news

In A Class By Itself… The downstairs space at 934 Hermosa Avenue has been many different restaurants, including an Irish pub, Italian café, and most recently Banzai Beach sushi and Japanese food. That establishment closed a few weeks ago, and the new tenant is serving a cuisine unlike any other in the South Bay. Veggie […]

 Richard Foss

Tee for Two at Pacific Standard Prime

Tee for Two at Pacific Standard Prime

by Richard Foss Former pro golfer Kevin Leach found his passion for wine in a place that has never produced a drop of it. “I was stuck in the airport, and the only magazine I could find in English was a copy of Wine Spectator. I read it from cover to cover, classifieds and everything, […]

 Richard Foss

Death and dining [restaurant review]

Death and dining [restaurant review]

Mercado serves high style Mexican food in a space with stylish Day of the Dead themes

I am used to Mexican restaurants with a Day of the Dead theme, but still puzzled by them. Isn’t eating well a celebration of life? Why would I want to do that in an environment that reminds me that existence is fleeting, that my flesh will someday be stripped from my bones? Yes, there is […]

 Richard Foss

ES dining – The Butcher, The Baker, and the Cappuccino Maker

ES dining – The Butcher, The Baker, and the Cappuccino Maker

Low visibility, high concept

 Richard Foss

Dungeness destination [restaurant review]

Dungeness destination [restaurant review]

Redondo Pier’s Pacific Fish Center is better known on the other side of the Pacific than locally for its seasonal Dungeness crab

I was talking with a friend by the name of Han about the lack of Korean restaurants in the beach cities, and he told me something surprising. “A restaurant on the Redondo pier was written up in a Korean travel guide, and it’s a regular stop for tourists from Seoul. It’s especially popular now because […]

 Richard Foss

Costa Manhattan Beach far from merely coasting [restaurant review]

Costa Manhattan Beach far from merely coasting [restaurant review]

Chef Josiah Citrin juices up dining in downtown Manhattan Beach

Some chefs come up with ideas so novel they seem outside of space and time, yet the flavors and textures are completely integrated. A more subtle art of the kitchen is when someone makes a familiar dish in a way that makes you feel like you had never really tasted it before. Most chefs gravitate […]