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Original Ragin Cajun: Best of the Beach 2018 Southern/Cajun

Original Ragin Cajun: Best of the Beach 2018 Southern/Cajun

They’re back in Hermosa, and back at the top of our poll. Stephen Domingue has been an ambassador for the authentic flavors and hospitality of Western Louisiana since 1992, and along with his sister Jeanine, they keep the place authentic. The Southern roadhouse on Pier Avenue is where most of us first tried this richly […]

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Phuket Thai: Best of the Beach 2018 Thai, Southeast Asian

  Even in the fast-moving South Bay restaurant scene, some things don’t change. Phuket Thai has won or been a close second in this category for over a decade. It certainly isn’t their location, which is in a nondescript multi-use building and lacks the gaudy architecture of Southeast Asia. Their curries have the characteristic Thai […]

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Hermosa Beach Fish Shop: Best of the Beach 2018 Seafood (other than sushi), Specialty Salad, Seafood Soup

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop: Best of the Beach 2018 Seafood (other than sushi), Specialty Salad, Seafood Soup

  Hermosa Beach Fish Shop can do no wrong when it comes to all things seafood. Our readers voted them tops when it comes to fish restaurant in general, seafood soup in particular, and also for specialty salad because their grilled fish over a salad is a hugely popular item. Fish Shop’s strategy is to […]

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Poulet de Jour: Best of the Beach 2018 Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Rotisserie Chicken

We would like to inform our readers that people in the Middle East eat things other than roast chicken. We feel that this is necessary because the same two restaurants won in both of those categories, which we don’t think has ever happened before. The chicken at Poulet du Jour is, of course, worthy of […]

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PF Chang’s: Best of the Beach 2018 Chinese

We’re more interested in bright, accessible flavors than obsessive authenticity in the South Bay, which is why the Chinese restaurant co-founded by a steakhouse owner gets the nod. Paul Fleming of Fleming’s Steakhouse liked Chinese food and teamed with a famous restaurateur to help create modern Chinese fusion, and they are credited with creating some […]

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Addi’s Tandoor: Best of the Beach 2018 Indian

The cuisine of Goa, a former Portuguese colony in India, has been coming into the spotlight over the last few years because the Mediterranean-Indian fusion style is unique. We in the South Bay can proudly say we were first in the LA area to support it because we’ve been dining at Addi’s Tandoor for 15 […]

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Dominique’s: Best of the Beach 2018 French/Continental

Chef Dominique Theval is the South Bay’s French treasure, a renowned culinarian who cooked in France and Asia before settling in Redondo. Nobody would have been surprised if someone with his resume had turned out ultra-fancy and fussy dinners with stratospheric price tags. Instead, he has championed country French ideas with Californian and Italian accents, […]

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Hook & Plow: Best of the Beach 2018 Farm to table

The name says it, the menu promises it, and the kitchen delivers. The cooking here is all about subtly accenting the flavors of top quality produce, and they blend raw and cooked ingredients with skill and flair. A few items are always on the menu because things like furikake-dusted french fries and beer-braised pulled pork […]

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Old Venice: Best of the Beach 2018 Restaurant dessert

Everybody likes dessert, but there’s a special joy when you eat it as the Italians do. Don’t wait until after dinner, when your taste buds have already had a workout. The afternoon is a perfect time for espresso and dolci, like crisp, freshly made cannoli or a rich tiramisu that has the right balance of […]

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Palmilla: Best of the Beach 2018 Mexican (over $30), Sunday Brunch

Palmilla: Best of the Beach 2018 Mexican (over $30),  Sunday Brunch

The interior is startling, unlike any Mexican restaurant you’ve seen before, and that’s appropriate. It sets your expectations higher, and those expectations are met. Palmilla serves Mexican food with mellow but flavorful sauces that enhance quality ingredients like fresh seafood and prime beef. It’s almost counterintuitive that this works since our expectations are so different, […]

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The Kettle: Best of the Beach 2018 Late night eatery

The restaurant that spawned a restaurant empire keeps doing what it does best – serve good American food at all hours. The restaurants that the Simms family has started, like Simmzy’s, Tin Roof Bistro, The Arthur J, and the Lazy Dog chain, all have their roots in the only place in the South Bay to […]

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Charlie’s: Best of the Beach 2018 Italian under 30

There are restaurateurs around LA who would take umbrage if you referred to their place as an Italian joint. None of them are the owners of Charlie’s in Redondo, which glories in the monicker. They call the place a New York Italian joint, and it fits perfectly. People here are as likely to have a […]

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The Spot: Best of the Beach 2018 Vegetarian

When a restaurant has been around for decades and becomes an institution, there’s a tendency to kick back and become a fossilized version of what they were when they opened. Such museums that serve food usually offer a lifeless version of what once made them famous. The Spot has bucked that trend, still offering some […]

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Little Sister: Best of the Beach 2018 Asian fusion

Little Sister refers to their cuisine as “East meets West,” but it’s really East meets East. The fusions on the menu are mostly between the cultures of Asia, as interpreted by visionary chef Tin Vuong. Vuong came to prominence at Abigaile gastropub in Hermosa Beach, but really hit his stride when he opened Little Sister. […]

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Tapas y Vino: Best of the Beach 2018 Tapas

Spanish styles of architecture and cuisine are so popular in the South Bay that there are plenty of places where you might forget that you’re in the USA. Tapas and Vino is a little short on whitewashed walls and red tile roofs, but the cuisine by new chef Adrián Fernández García might be found in […]

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