Meet Me at Metlox
The popular Downtown Manhattan Beach shopping plaza welcomes some new tenants.
Eclectic, easy to stroll and kid-friendly, Metlox has been a Manhattan Beach favorite for several years. A few new additions aim to freshen up the experience.
Nick’s (1), already serving guests in Long Beach and Orange County, recently made its debut in the space formerly occupied by Sashi. Palate-pleasers include fresh fish dishes, buttermilk fried chicken and a taco platter. nicksrestaurant.com
Waterleaf Interiors (2) branched out and opened a second space next to the original, bringing in even more beach-inspired décor items for the home. It’s great to see a design operation continue to be successful in this location, considering the property’s roots as the home to Metlox Pottery for most of the 20th century. waterleafinteriors.com
Nékter (3) taps in to the juice cleanse rage, offering tasty and healthy juices, bowls and smoothies. nekterjuicebar.com
Of course, there’s also Lemonade (4) across the way, if you’re looking for something a little more decadent to pair with your picnic-style lunch. lemonadela.com
Plenty of Metlox staples continue to thrive, like women’s boutiques The Beehive (5), LuLu’s Nouvelle (6) and Fresh Produce Sportswear (7). Big brands like American Apparel (8) and Lucky Brand (9) also retain their coveted spots.
If you’re in search of a patio lunch, you have the great Greek dishes of Petros (10), casual Le Pain Quotidien (11) or the chic Shade Hotel (12) to choose from. And there may be no better way to cap off your afternoon than with a spa treatment at Trilogy Day Spa (13), the heavenly escape next door.
That’s the thing about assumptions; when one assumes, one often is wrong and taking the time to investigate for one’s self is always better than pre-judging. This is as true for restaurants as it is for people, and I am happy to report that our family’s dinner at Carbon Beach was one of the loveliest I have enjoyed in a long time. From the valet’s kindness in helping us with Baby when we pulled up to being greeted by name by the attentive maitre d’ to the unbelievably good children’s menu they offered without request, I was astounded by the warmth and service standards of this restaurant. There wasn’t a whiff of snootiness or pretension in the air at Billionaire’s Beach, just the soft tang of the Pacific and a few gulls flying overhead.