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A La Carte: 3 new restaurants in Redondo Beach

By Richard Foss / March 11, 2013

Three restaurants opened within a week of each other in Redondo Beach, all offering interesting and eclectic cuisines.

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A La Carte: latest Beach Cities restaurant news

By Richard Foss / February 9, 2013

The parade of changes in Manhattan Beach is astonishing, with numerous closures announced and more places on the market.

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A La Carte: Kitchen takeovers

By Richard Foss / January 20, 2013

Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You… Several South Bay restaurants are hosting prestigious chefs visiting our neighborhood and showing off while they’re here. Abigaile has been leading the way, with culinary luminaries such as Chef Tin Vuong. (Last week Abigaile’s patrons decided that the Mayor of Manhattan Beach is a better cook than his…

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A La Carte

By Richard Foss / March 23, 2012

Apologies and Congratulations… I misspelled Chef Greg Hozinsky’s name in an article a few weeks ago, and it was completely my fault – in the photo that I shot for the story, he was wearing a chef’s jacket with his name on it. Lots of people have been learning to spell Hozinsky lately, since Chris…

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A La Carte: Uncle Stavros, Shade wine, Strand House chef, Hudson House’s b-day, Ortega 120 flamenco, and more…

By Richard Foss / February 29, 2012

Antici….pation… If you’ve driven down Hermosa Avenue in the last few months you must have noticed the construction at the former Sushi Duke location. I mentioned months ago that the new tenant would actually be a long-absent friend – Uncle Stavros Café, an institution from 1969 to the late 90’s, will be reopening after over…

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A La Carte: Palmilla, Best Bloody Mary, Bottle Inn rumors, deep dish pizza, tamale lessons, and a wine store discovery

By Richard Foss / December 2, 2011

First Look, Deluxe Edition… All cities in the South Bay have had high-profile restaurant openings this year, and Hermosa’s most anticipated was definitely Palmilla. People have been peering through the windows at the stunning architecture for months, intrigued by decor that is simultaneously minimalist and ornate. I visited the first week they were open and…

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By Richard Foss / November 1, 2011

First Look, Deluxe Edition… All cities in the South Bay have had high-profile restaurant openings this year, and Hermosa’s most anticipated was definitely Palmilla. People have been peering through the windows at the stunning architecture for months, intrigued by decor that is simultaneously minimalist and ornate. I visited the first week they were open and…

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A La Carte: a batch of new restaurant openings and closings in Hermosa and Redondo Beach

By Richard Foss / October 26, 2011

Skulls Are Always In Season… As you drive up Highway 101 through Carpinteria, you pass a somewhat dilapidated red building covered with fake snow. It’s Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, a restaurant that used to boast to tourists, “It’s Always Christmas Here.” That business went bankrupt because not that many people really enjoyed Christmas kitsch in mid-June.…

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A La Carte: The Strand House, HT Grill, Chez Melange, The Counter

By Richard Foss / September 1, 2011

Highs and Lows… Last week I had the best and worst meals of the year so far, a pair of experiences that show everything that can go right and wrong with a restaurant. I won’t divulge the name of the place that got virtually everything wrong; the place had very recently changed concept and management,…

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The Pigeon Man

By Mark McDermott / June 16, 2011

Dr. G.R. Enright Jr. is a man of many talents: an engineer, trial lawyer, hot-air balloonist, magician, and inventor. His primary mission in life, however, is pigeon rescue Originally published Jan. 16, 2003 A few months ago, a customer came into Trader Joe’s in Redondo’s Riviera Village and alerted the manager on duty that a…

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For the love of the game

By Easy Reader Staff / February 9, 2011

Given the age of the cast members and the content of the play, perhaps Belasco Theatre Company should consider renaming the musical “Darn Yankees” when they open at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse tomorrow night.

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Eight greats from 2010

By Richard Foss / February 2, 2011

If you go by the simple data on openings and closings, 2010 wasn’t bad. Slightly fewer restaurants debuted than in previous years, but there wasn’t as much of a drop as I expected in the sour business climate. But there was a change in the market. The year saw the closing of more expensive places such as Il Bocaccio, Upper Manhattan, Le Saint Raphael, and Café Catalina. The newcomers generally offered meals at modest prices.

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A la carte

By Richard Foss / January 26, 2011

Coolest Train Set In Town… I have enjoyed meals in railroad dining cars on a couple of continents, including this one – Amtrak’s service is short on innovation, but the atmosphere and ever-changing view more than compensate. I never thought I’d be able to get even a shadow of the experience in the South Bay, where the rails have long been subsumed by greenbelt. So it was a surprise when I visited The Dining Car, a wonderful project by Chef Hannes in El Segundo. Chef-owner Johannes Kraschitzer expanded into the long, narrow space next door and decided to recreate the ambiance of a railroad dining car, complete with electric trains running around and even inside the tables.

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South Bay restaurant timelines: 2010 to 2001

By Richard Foss / December 31, 2010

Following is a list of every restaurant in the Beach Cities that I can verify opened between 2001 and the end of 2010. A few types of restaurants are not included, such as chain fast food restaurants, food counters inside grocery stores, and other places whose prime purpose was not to serve food. In some…

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A La Carte: Rock Sushi, Ocean Tava lead wave of new restaurants

By Richard Foss / July 5, 2010

Visiting Royalty… I’m skeptical when any press release calls someone “one of America’s top chefs,” because superlatives are tossed around a lot in the promotion business. That said, the gathering at Sashi next week does boast cooking by chefs with star power, such as Top Chef champion Michael Voltaggio and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. In…

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