Dining

 Richard Foss

Eruption in Redondo, a bittersweet farewell and a quadrennial wine dinner [dining news]

A La Carte column for 13 February 2019

Starting The Year Running: Once in a while a neighborhood erupts in openings, and it seems to be Redondo’s turn. Starting in the south, after a long remodeling job, Matty’s Crawdaddies is serving in Riviera Village. They are seafood-centric but serving much more than peel-and-eat shellfish. You can get scallops, shrimp, chowder, a Connecticut lobster […]

 Richard Foss

A Night in Tunisian culture – and cuisine

A Night in Tunisian culture – and cuisine

A traditional feast comes to Hermosa Beach with a little help from mom

The opening of Barsha restaurant  brought a unique set of flavors to the South Bay, as Adnen Marouani interpreted North African recipes for a California palate. At an event this coming week diners will have a rare chance to sample the originals, courtesy of a special guest chef. This is none other than Adnen’s mother […]

 Richard Foss

Fun food at The Pan {Restaurant Review]

Fun food at The Pan {Restaurant Review]

A cheeseburger on top of a pizza crust and guava & cream pancakes aren’t bad at all

 Richard Foss

Brunch with a side of exercise [restaurant review]

Brunch with a side of exercise [restaurant review]

My passenger knew we were going out for brunch, but as we drove past corporate hives in the Continental Park office complex he got more and more puzzled. “There’s a restaurant here?” he asked as I drove up to the corner of Douglas and Park Place. “How many business offices have you seen with fire […]

 Richard Foss

Art skulls and dining [restaurant review]

Art skulls and dining [restaurant review]

Day of the Dead-themed Kalaveras offers good food in huge portions

When I first heard about Kalaveras moving into Riviera Village, I wondered why they would name themselves after a county in Northern California famous for Mark Twain’s jumping frog. I still wondered that after seeing the decor, which included many pictures of Day of the Dead skull faces. The Internet revealed that both the restaurant […]

 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 […]

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