We’ve Got Taste

Where 14 of the South Bay’s most familiar food folk eat and drink … off the clock.

Shell Game

Best Seafood Restaurant: Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, 310-893-6299, eatfwd.com

“To be honest, I consider this restaurant to be one of the best in Southern California. The menu is simple, focused and executed very well. And I love the oyster selection: Pacific Gold, Northern Cross, Rocky Reef, etc. The Hamachi dish is one of my favorites—the serrano gives it a slight spice, but the ponzu balances it so well. And seriously great halibut fish tacos too. Honestly, my husband and I love to host out-of-town friends there and get a bunch of plates for a ‘family-style’ dinner.”


Brunch: Chez Melange, Redondo Beach

Ice Cream: Handel’s, Redondo Beach

Romantic Dining: La Sosta Enoteca, Hermosa Beach

FOOD FOR THOUGHT On a calorie-by-calorie basis, oysters provide more vitamin D than a glass of skim milk.


Best Margarita:

Spicy Mango at Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

39 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 310-503-7722, palmillarestaurant.com

“This tasty drink makes your mouth happy because of the balance: the sweetness from the ripe mango, the freshness from the cucumber and the kick from the jalapeño. It goes well with all of their dishes, and that underlying spice makes you wanna come back for more!”


Burritos: Brother’s Burritos, Hermosa Beach

Fresh Produce: Grow, Manhattan Beach

Fine Dining: Darren’s Restaurant, Manhattan Beach

Saucy Number

Best Tacos: 

Día de Campo

1238 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 310-379-1829, diadecampohb.com

“Wonderfully addictive, made-to-order tortillas stuffed with carne asada, pescado (either crispy or grilled), lamb or pollo are complemented by authentic toppings and a housemade ‘XXX’ hot sauce that I had to hide in my purse for our own little casa. Tacos auténticos (and a great cocktail list) make Día de Campo a real field day for fans in the South Bay.”


Room Service: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Asian Cuisine: Little Sister, Manhattan Beach

Cocktails: Pushing Daisies at MB Post, Manhattan Beach

Table for Two

Best Romantic Dining: 

La Sosta Enoteca

2700 Manhattan Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 310-318-1556, lasostaenoteca.com

“La Sosta is my go-to romantic dinner spot. The food is through the roof, the wine is always flowing, and everything from start to finish is perfection. To show you how much I love it, after proposing to my fiancé, popping champagne and celebrating at home, we celebrated the evening some more by having a romantic dinner at La Sosta!”


Tacos: Rock’n Fish, Manhattan Beach

Steak: The Strand House, Manhattan Beach

Beer Selection: Brewco, Manhattan Beach


Cashing In

Best Burger: The Standing Room

144 N. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 310-374-7545

“My favorite is the Cash Burger. I love the flavor the hoisin sauce adds; it adds a great sauciness to the burger.”


Cocktails: The Firechief at Tony’s, Redondo Beach

Eggs: Tabbouleh scramble with garlic and half a bottle of Cholula at Martha’s 22nd Street Grill, Hermosa Beach

Produce: Torrance Farmers Market

Michael Fiorelli
Chef/partner, Love + Salt

True Brew

Best Coffee:

Two Guns Espresso

350 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310-318-2537, twogunsespresso.com

“These are two young guys creating a culture in Manhattan Beach. They are passionate, super-knowledgeable, and they’re having fun. It feels good to be able to get great coffee at a locally owned, independent spot. They offer a great product, and they thoughtfully source their products like Art of Tea and Straus Farms milk. These are the kind of like-minded businesses we are excited to support.”


Ice Cream: Manhattan Beach Creamery, Manhattan Beach

Front of House: Christina at M.B. Post, Manhattan Beach

Healthy Restaurant: Farm Stand, El Segundo


Nose for Success

Best Sommelier & Wine List: 

Pablo Kovacs at Tin Roof Bistro

3500 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, 310-939-0900, tinroofbistro.com

“Pablo has organized a very thoughtful wine list that has tremendous variety and value and has also built a well-rounded beverage program with fun and interesting cocktails. He keeps himself informed and up-to-date on food news and trends and exudes so much great passion for the world of food and wine. It’s inspiring to see him working the floor when I dine there. I know that I can always refer to him for suggestions and have him guide me towards a great wine choice.”


Chef: Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori, Gardena

Pizza: Pitfire, Manhattan Beach

Upscale Bar: Circa, Manhattan Beach

Jim York
Grower, Palos Verdes

Garden of Eating

Best Salad: 

Wedge at The Depot

1250 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, 310-787-7501, depotrestaurant.com

“Chef Michael Shafer’s salad is made from a variety of hand-picked, vine-ripened, organic heirloom tomatoes grown locally at Catalina View Gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.”


Seafood Dish: Ahi & Chips at Zazou, Redondo Beach

Burger: Simmzy’s, Manhattan Beach

Watering Hole: Nelson’s at Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes

Zen Zone

Best Healthy Fare: The Green Temple

1700 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 310-944-4525, greentemple.net

“We like Green Temple for its simplicity and veggie cuisine, like the tofu, steamers and lasagna. Plus you can’t beat the natural ambiance.”


Pizza: Veggie at Viva La Pizza, Redondo Beach

Bakery: Beckers, Manhattan Beach

Wine List: The Bottle Inn, Hermosa Beach


Paris in the South Bay

Best Bakery: L’Amande 

2553 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, 310-326-8980, lamandebakery.com

“I always come to her (owner Ana) for their pain au chocolat, croissants and breads. I am originally from just outside Paris, and it’s the closest to what you can get in France in the South Bay.”


Mexican: Coyote Cantina, Redondo Beach

Sushi: Nozomi, Torrance

Romantic Dining: BALEENkitchen, Redondo Beach

Brooke Williamson
Chef/Co-owner, Hudson House

Rock Star

Best Watering Hole: Gasser Lounge

1500 Aviation Boulevard, Redondo Beach, gasserlounge.com

“When Hudson House was still new and I was exhausted from working long hours there, I would go to the Gasser Lounge after a late night for a drink and to escape the craziness of the brand new restaurant. Bartender Mike took great care of me. A whiskey and some relaxation after a long day is exactly what this chef needed.”


Dessert: Four Daughters Kitchen, Manhattan Beach

Smoothie: Bar at Equinox, Manhattan Beach

Seafood: Redondo Beach Pier

Wealthy Linn Gener
Bartender, Establishment and North End Bar & Grill

Breakfast in Bed

Best Room Service: 

Shade Hotel

1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, 310-546-4995, shadehotel.com

“Shade’s room service is offered 24/7, which is great for nightlifers and is offered both in the rooms and on the amazing sky deck. They use seasonal items and also try to use local foods from around town.”


Pizza: The Crest Sports Bar and Grill, Torrance

Beer: Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

Steak: Filet Mignon at Fleming’s, El Segundo

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