Richard Foss

A name change, new places for Thai, Hawaiian, Chinese and Mexican  

by Richard Foss Common Complaint, Technological Response… Look at any survey of diners and one of the top complaints will be uncomfortably noisy restaurants. Since my email is at the end of each of these columns I hear this a lot, often with admonitions that I should tell people how loud restaurants are. I frequently […]

 Richard Foss

Waterman’s Aims High [restaurant review]

Waterman’s Aims High [restaurant review]

New chef, new look show ambition at Waterman’s Restaurant, Bar and Safehouse

Despite having grown up up eight blocks from the beach, I never learned to surf, as I was so nearsighted that I couldn’t see the waves that were about to swamp me. Even so, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching surfers and have an appreciation for surf music and surf culture. Those things seep […]

 Judy Rae

Riviera comes to the Riviera [Restaurant Review]

Riviera comes to the Riviera [Restaurant Review]

Gabi James introduces flavors from Southern Spain and France to the Redondo Riviera

 Richard Foss

Once In A Red Moon [restaurant review]

Once In A Red Moon [restaurant review]

Luna Rossa in Rolling Hills Estates delivers the classics with style

The housemade crusty bread served on seating shows Luna Rossa is putting its woodfired oven to good use

 Richard Foss

Beach Dining – Revolution at The Rockefeller [restaurant review]

Beach Dining – Revolution at The Rockefeller [restaurant review]

What started out as a burger-and-a-beer spot unveils a new menu by Primo Italia chef Michelangelo Aliarga

 Richard Foss

Rui Ji – Mystery from China’s Southwest

Rui Ji – Mystery from China’s Southwest

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Sichuan cuisine, a meal at Rui Ji may be a challenge, but that’s exactly the reason to go there …

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Sichuan cuisine, a meal at Rui Ji may be a challenge, but that’s exactly the reason to go there

 Richard Foss

Wild, But Civilized [restaurant review]

Wild, But Civilized [restaurant review]

Sometimes I’m delighted to be proved wrong. Usually that’s when I’m being pessimistic, as was the case when a restaurant in North Manhattan Beach closed and someone asked me to speculate about what would move in. “Something more expensive and aimed at an upscale crowd,” I answered. It was a safe bet based on present […]

 Richard Foss

Mexican, the way it used to be [Restaurant Review]

Mexican, the way it used to be [Restaurant Review]

The illusion at Pancho's is as potent as the margaritas.

The illusion here is as potent as the margaritas

 Richard Foss

Garden Thai offers authentic Thai heat in Redondo Beach

Garden Thai offers authentic Thai heat in Redondo Beach

The Garden Thai in small strip mall restaurant has little going on when it comes to ornamentation, but their cooking has the subtle use of powerful spices that is the hallmark of Thai cuisine.   

 Richard Foss

Six decades of meatballs and marinara sauce

Six decades of meatballs and marinara sauce

  by Richard Foss In 1953 Dwight Eisenhower was President, Elvis Presley graduated from high school, and a fellow named Michelangelo Mance started a deli in Hermosa Beach. His clientele included surfers who showed up with whatever pocket change they could scrape together. To keep them happy he started selling marinara sauce sandwiches for five […]

 Richard Foss

Done Right, Served Hot [restaurant review]

OB’s is a worthy throwback to the era of peanut shells on the floor

by Richard Foss I’m glad I don’t have a peanut allergy because I like places with peanut shells on the floor. Bars and restaurants that have them are carrying on a great American tradition. The oldest example cited by historian Andrew F. Smith a 1803 New York newspaper column written under the name “Philo Drammaticus.” […]

 Richard Foss

True to a different tradition

True to a different tradition

California Sushi & Teriyaki evokes the Japanese pushcarts where sushi was first served

by Richard Foss Friends who travel to Japan on business regale me with tales of meals that cost more than I paid for my airline ticket on my last trip. I’d like to visit those places, but would be more interested in humbler meals at pushcarts called yatai. These start out looking like a box […]

 Richard Foss

The Art of Tea (and Sandwiches) [Restaurant review]

The Art of Tea (and Sandwiches) [Restaurant review]

The 100-page tea menu includes a guide to tea terminology and the art of reading tea leaves. The staff knows tea and will enhance your experience

    by Richard Foss When I asked the Chado Tea Room manager how many varieties of tea were available, he sadly told me that there were only 398. There are 405 on the menu, but seven are seasonal or were out of stock. I assured him that I expected to find something I liked […]

 Richard Foss

Restaurant Review Torrance Roadhouse blues

Restaurant Review Torrance Roadhouse blues

Texas Loosey's happily informal food and music have been rocking it for over three decades

by Richard Foss The South Bay has a time machine, but it only takes you to 1982. That was when Texas Loosey’s Chili Parlor & Saloon opened, featuring pretty female servers in salacious uniforms, loud Southern rock, cheap cocktails in lurid colors, and a boisterous atmosphere that fit the era of big hair and padded […]

 Richard Foss

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

Pizza Coast Highway – Review of Mama D’s Redondo

by Richard Foss Architecture creates expectations, and it can start communicating something about a business at first glance. You could be illiterate and still know what El Torito serves because of the hacienda look, and the same is true of places like Izakaya in Manhattan Beach, Captain Kidd’s, or any Denny’s in the world. That […]

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