Esperanza in Manhattan Beach is a delight to the eye and tongue

By Richard Foss

It’s rare an artist’s rendition of a new restaurant inspires outrage, but that is what happened when this publication displayed an image of Esperanza to accompany one of my dining columns in July 2019. The spectacular, curved concrete façade provoked hate mail that declared that something like this would fit in fine in Beverly Hills, or Hollywood, but not Manhattan Beach. Some writers predicted locals would never support an aberration like this. The vehement responses generally didn’t even consider that…