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 […]

 Richard Foss

The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

The future has arrived at Brewport Tap House [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

by Richard Foss Here’s a tip for your first trip to Brewport: take a jacket with you even if it’s a warm day. Not that you’ll want to wear it, but so you’ll have something to put over the back of your chair. You’ll be getting up a lot during your visit, and that way […]

 Richard Foss

Three decades of high standards keep Houston’s a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Three decades of high  standards keep Houston’s  a fixture on Rosecrans [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane.

  by Richard Foss Every once in a while I have to dig through my archives to help historians and researchers, and when I do it’s a trip down memory lane. Whatever my original goal was, I find myself lingering over reviews of places from decades gone by, remembering meals when arugula in salad, Asian […]

 Kevin Cody

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

David “Sleepy Eyed Dave” Letchworth was a central figure in the South Bay bar and restaurant business

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