Ryan McDonald

‘Everything in its place’ at Hermosa Beach’s Baran’s 2239

‘Everything in its place’ at Hermosa Beach’s Baran’s 2239

Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa Beach has become one of the most desirable reservations in the South Bay. How do they stay on top? by Ryan McDonald On a recent Tuesday evening at Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa Beach, the first table to pay their bill was not the first table to be seated, nor the second, […]

 Richard Foss

Shake Shack debuts, Rive Gauche closes, Wine Dinner in a Magical Setting, and More Dining News

Dining news for 09 November

A cult favorite arrives… California burgerphiles celebrate In & Out’s offerings, Texans cherish their Whataburgers, and other regional chains have their passionate supporters. South Bay locals may now make comparisons with New York’s entry in the burger cult sweepstakes — Shake Shack recently opened on Rosecrans. For those who don’t know about this chain, the […]

 Richard Foss

The Great Room for families [restaurant review]

A North Redondo restaurant offers a different take on family dining.

One of the most condescending things you can say about someone’s cooking is to call it “kid food.” It’s a term is reserved for the most unformed of palates, and it has a specific meaning. Is the recipe rich, sweet, and one-dimensional? Was there an element of novelty or cuteness in its presentation? Is cheese […]

 Richard Foss

South Bay Dining News: Two Guns Kitchen opens in El Segundo, Brewport brunches, Samosa House is coming, Rob Rubens Distillery celebrates a year, and more…

South Bay Dining News: Two Guns Kitchen opens in El Segundo, Brewport brunches, Samosa House is coming, Rob Rubens Distillery celebrates a year, and more…

by Richard Foss A Town So Hot, Parts Of It Spout Flames… And you knew I was going to be writing about El Segundo, even though the refinery isn’t a noted dining destination. Places very close to it are, though. I’d like to tell you about the food at Brewport, the pour-it-yourself beer bistro that […]

 Mark McDermott

PENINSULA DINING – The passion of Bernard Ibarra

How Terranea’s executive chef quietly transformed the resort’s farm-to-table approach to food and in so doing found his own roots