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New to Hermosa/Manhattan Area

Funny, I remember the Falcon Inn's ad in the easy reader or daily breeze within the last year or two declaring new management. I've driven by it a million times and always wondered...

Mar 30, 2014
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New to Hermosa/Manhattan Area

Grew up in and still live in MB. Welcome to the South Bay!

Best breakfast by the water is Uncle Bill's in MB. I still actually prefer Tomboys (on MBB across from the Trader Joes) breakfast, but there is no "beach atmosphere" there. Also check out Tomboys when you have a hankering for chili cheese burgers and chili fries.

Amigos (on Prospect and Artesia in MB) for breakfast burritos.

Grimaldis for pizza. They upended the pizza universe in LA as far as I'm concerned.

Poulet de Jour in Hermosa for Mediterranean roasted chicken. I love their cole slaw as well. Also do not miss their falafels, either as a side or the falafal sandwich. The owner can sometimes be a little "direct" which I enjoy, but some interpret as rude.

I personally don't like south bay mexican food as I think it can't remotely compare to the likes of El Chato and the other amazing places in LA. I suppose Sion's in MB has the best "south bay" mexican food, although El Sombrero has pretty tasty carnitas.

Check out the bacon and bacon burgers for your home grilling needs from Manhattan Meats in downtown MB.

If you like to cook at home, be sure to go to the Torrance farmers market Saturday mornings. It's huge and has some very good farmers.

The best dive bar hands down is Ercoles in downtown MB. Lots of character, and on any night you'll see middle aged old time surfers, yuppies, and young kids all coexisting. One of the last places you'll find the laid back beach atmosphere. Shellback Tavern can also be fun although a bit more rowdy. Other honorable mentions include the Castle (not just divey, but depressing) and Hermosa Salon. Some like North End Bar (not to be confused with North End Cafe in MB) and Barnacles in Hermosa as well.

Last and most important, I'd strongly encourage you to drive 10-20 minutes north, east, and south every once in a while to experience the amazing Japanese food that Gardena and Torrance have to offer. These areas have some of the best Japanese food in all of LA, from ramen shops to udon places to izakayas. Also worth mentioning are the Korean options, as well as some interesting pupuserias. It totally kills me when MB/HB/RB residents never leave the bubble and settle on a meal at the Kettle instead of checking out all the tasty places to the east.

Mar 23, 2014
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Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

There is also Aurora's Chorizo in Santa Ana on Main St. I haven't been but i assume it's similar to Ochoa's

Mar 16, 2014
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Need good Japanese restaurants in Torrance

Here is an edited list of places I've collected:


***Hasu Kitchen- Torrance
Torihei- Torrance
Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori- Torrance
Kushiage Dining Horon- Torrance
Torimatsu- Gardena

***Foo Foo Tei- Hacienda Heights
Hasu Kitchen- Torrance (Friday Night)

Doya Doya- Gardena
Gottsui- LA Sawtelle for Hiroshima style (only one on the menu)
Gaja- Lomita (due it yourself)

Wafu- Japanese Style Spaghetti
Spoon House- Gardena

Ichimi ann
Inaba Bamaboo Garden- made fresh in the morning
Otafuku- Gardena
Get cold siero soba and buckwheat

I-naba- Torrance
Get an ago
Hannosuke- Mar Vista

Hamburg steak
Azabu- Torrance

Mar 04, 2014
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Gui Lin Noodle Empire Expands to Alhambra--New Menu Items

I can't find any other Gin Lin Noodles on the internet. Is this this same proprietor as Gin Lin Cuisine in Monterrey Park?

Feb 19, 2014
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Depressing Places You Like

Great idea for a thread!

I love these types of places, more for anthropological reasons than culinary ones. As a South Bay native and resident, here are my top places in the South Bay:

1) San Franciscan (Torrance): South Bay provincialism at its finest. It's a steakhouse (I guess) with a full bar, live music on some nights and karaoke on others. Closes at 2am. Old school south bay crowd. Friendly middle aged waitresses. A gem like no other. They also sell lotto!

2) The Castle (Manhattan Beach): On Sepulveda, a slice of a Manhattan Beach long ago forgotten. They open at 6am, supposedly have a good breakfast, and close at 2am. Drinks are cheap, the clients are depressing, and they only take cash.

3) The Schooner (Manhattan Beach): Across the street from the Castle, tucked away on a side street, they actually have decent tacos and some other bar food prepared by Hector (his kitchen is called Hector's Hideaway Kitchen). They also sell lotto. Avoid Tuesday when they have cheap bud light and there is a big crowd.

Feb 16, 2014
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El Chato Taco Truck

They announced on their Facebook page that they are renovating the truck and have taken a hiatus. They emphasized that they will be back when the truck is done, but they don't have a time estimate.

I'd follow them and wait for an announcement.

Feb 16, 2014
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Chinese crepe-like pastry dough for beef rolls/pancakes... where can I buy it?

Is it possible to buy the crepe-like pastry/bread that Chinese beef rolls are made from?

I want to make my own concoctions with this flaky dough.

Where can I buy some?

Feb 05, 2014
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Yakatori at Hasu Kitchen in Torrance?

Doing some yakatori research and came across this place in Torrance on Artesia between Van Ness and Western.

Has anyone been? It looks great.

Jan 13, 2014
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New Northern (?) Chinese Restaurant next to Sea Empress- Gardena

I saw a sign for a place called Huaen Restaurant next to the Sea Empress in Gardena on Redondo Beach blvd. They also had a "Grand Opening" banner up, so I assume that it is new.

The place looked closed yesterday (sunday) and had a rather spartan interior. Menu seems to focus on dumplings, with a picture of a nice looking beef roll in the window as well.

Curious to see how this place turns out once it opens.

Jan 13, 2014
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Where to find Red Jalapeños & Red Serrano peppers?

I found both at the Northgate supermarket on the corner of Prairie and Rosecrans.

Dec 31, 2013
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Best Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie from a bakery in West Los Angeles

Update from the front lines:

I went to Jongewaard's Bake n Broil today in Long Beach and tried a slice of pecan pie.

I was very pleased. The crust is better than Apple Pan's but not quite as good as Susie Cakes. The filling was tasty and had a very good texture, feeling more solid than Susie Cakes which I found too runny.

I think I'd actually prefer Bake n Broil's pecan to Apple Pan's. After the taste I ordered a whole Pie for Thanksgiving morning, which cost $14.95 instead of the $20+ for Apple Pan.

I think it's a worthy contender to this pie roundup.

Nov 23, 2013
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Best Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie from a bakery in West Los Angeles

I love the pecan pie at Apple Pan. I tried the pecan pie at Susie Cakes last Friday and thought it was tasty, but the gooeyness under the pecans was runny, unlike Apple Pan's which is more solid. I'd go with Apple Pan.

Not on the west side, but I also want to try the pecan pie from Bake n' Broil in Long Beach.

Nov 11, 2013
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California Burrito Found- Just as good as San Diego!

Looking for a California burrito ("carne asada", french fries, pico de gallo, sour cream) in LA after enjoying the CA burritos and carne asada fries at the Roberto's in Pacific Beach in SD? Take a trip to Albertita's Mexican food on Western Ave in Gardena.

I went there a few days ago and it's just as good as San Diego (which explains the roberto's knock off name). The same thin crisp fries, super low quality meat, etc etc. Just note that the standard burrito doesn't come with cheese or sour cream, so you'll have to add that to complete the experience. Also, the salsa isn't the same as your red and green options in SD, but it's still tasty.

Of course these burritos don't even remotely compare to the Al Pastor burrito at El Chato or the suadero burrito from Tazo Zone. Its not something you'd drive an hour to eat, especially if you never had one. But if you are craving an authentic San Diego version of bastardized Mexican food, look no further.

Albertita's Mexican Food
16323 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90247

Aug 30, 2013
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Hottest Taco Joint in LA


Jul 09, 2013
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Hottest Taco Joint in LA

El Chato is incredible, especially for Al Pastor. Guisados is also pretty knockout

Jul 09, 2013
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Greek Food Festival in Downey- Ends Sunday June 2nd

Having been to many a Greek festival I wasn't expecting much from from the one in Downey I went to yesterday. Big mistake on my part.

Walking in I was greeted by five or six roasting lambs!!! I have eaten several roasted lambs over the years during Greek Easter, and these were just as good as any of those.

The other highlight for me was the spanakopita. It was almost as good as my moms and nothing like the soggy mess usually served at festivals.

Also tasty were the loukoumades with nutella. A little unorthodox (no pun intended), but really tasty. Like the best chocolate doughnut I've ever had.

If you are looking to kill some time today, I highly suggest checking it out.


Jun 02, 2013
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Quest for LA's best croissants

l'amande bakery in torrance (and soon Beverly hills) has absurd, perhaps life altering almond croissants. They are pricey and on the smaller side, but they are very tasty and made with a lot of passion.

May 18, 2013
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Specific Sichuan SGV Recommendation for Tomorrow

Adding Yunnan Garden to my list. Has anyone tried Taste of Chong Quing on Valley Blvd? If so how does it compare?

Mar 09, 2013
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Vien Dong vs Brodards for Vermicelli Noodle with BBQ Pork, chả giò, etc

One of my favorite dishes in Little Saigon is the vermicelli noodles with bbq pork, cha gio, shrimp, peanuts, all the mint and cilantro etc

Seeing that all the restaurants probably get their noodles from the same supplier, I suppose that the distinguishing factor for this dish is the quality and quantity of the toppings (meat, cha gio, herbs, etc)

I was either going to go the Brodards or Vein Dong. Is one better than the other for this dish? Or are there any other great options in the Westminster area?

Jan 17, 2013
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New Sri Lankan Restaurant in Torrance- Curry Leaf

Bummer. The buffet seems like a bad idea... perhaps the a la carte dishes are better? Also, did you order the food spicy? I feel like that a high spice level would enhance the dishes if they are watered down for the buffet.

Nov 28, 2012
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New Sri Lankan Restaurant in Torrance- Curry Leaf

Passed a new Sri Lankan restaurant in Torrance called Curry Leaf, at the corner of Crenshaw and Redondo Beach Blvd across from El Camino.


I popped my head in and saw they have a cheap buffet for lunch but also a full menu of a la carte dishes.

Has anyone tried it?

Nov 28, 2012
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BBQ Brisket - LA Dish of the Month Nov 2012

Agree... Smoke City (moist/fatty version) is really incredible. The brisket was my least favorite dish at Bludsoes

Nov 12, 2012
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Lance's Filipino Food- Lunch Relief for the El Segundo Offfice Cog

As an El Segundo office cog, you can’t help but get tired of the same old lunch spots. Recently my coworkers and I have been exploring our options, one of which is Lance’s Filipino Cuisine.

Located in a typical LA strip mall at the corner of El Segundo Blvd and Crenshaw, this hole in the wall houses a steam table of rotating Filipino specialties. There is always Chicken Adobo and Pancit, but on rotation are far more exotic dishes that include ingredients like pig heart, blood, and liver (I wish I knew each dish’s name). There are usually about a six to eight options in the steam table, one of which is vegetarian. My personal favorite, besides the Adobo, is the BBQ chicken skewers. They also have delicious lumpia that they fry fresh for you (usually takes about 15-20 minutes… we call ahead). My Filipino-American coworkers say that the food is very authentic. Although I can’t vouch for its authenticity, I do find it delicious!

A two combo plate with a generous portion of fried rice and/or pancit will set you back about $5.50. The cheap price plus really friendly staff make this a very solid option for lunch if you are in the El Segundo / Hawthorne area.

Curious to see what other hounds with more knowledge of Filipino food think of Lance’s.

Lance’s Filipino Cuisine
12807 Crenshaw Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 675-0583

[Further discussion on the plight of the office worker’s lunch options and a mention of Lance’s with additional photos: http://www.wpromote.com/blog/random/l... ]

Sep 13, 2012
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ISO Good old school Cantonese

This place looks like it's from a time capsule. It has such a delightful grittiness. Always wondered how the food was... now I'll have to find out.

Sep 11, 2012
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brolly hut in inglewood

I went to the Inglewood Brolly Hut about two months ago. Honestly, it was nothing special but wasn't horrific ether. The burger did have a a decent charbroiled taste but that was about it. Also tried a breakfast burrito which wasn't that special. I think there are better options, including some fast food places.

The other Brolly Hut is on Hawthorne Blvd in Lawndale, close to the intersection of Redondo Beach Blvd. The Inglewood B-Hut has better architecture than the Lawndale location.

I prefer Tomboy's in Manhattan Beach for my burger/chili fries/patty melt needs. I've also tried Rod's breakfast burrito and was very impressed although again prefer Tomboy's. Both are solid options.

Jan 09, 2012
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Kanpai Sushi on Lincon?

Has anyone been to this place? I've heard it's pretty good for the price but want to hear what the hounds have to say.


Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill
8325 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Dec 19, 2011
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Top Wok in Redondo Beach: Anyone been? (American Chinese Food)

I came across a coupon for a place called Top Wok in Redondo, on Beryl right off Porspoect by the Vons.

Has anyone been? It seems like a worthy option in my quest for good Americanized Chinese food. I have fond memories of the Szechwan in Westchester in the mid 1990's that is now a home town buffet and have been lost ever since. I have been to Seaport Inn and Szechwan in Torrance and neither impressed me.

Top Wok
1252 Beryl St
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Top Wok
29505 S Western Ave Ste 103, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

May 10, 2011
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Breakfast @ McDonalds: Where is it served earliest in LA?

Thanks for the replies everyone but I was really hoping for McDonald's, not other places. The quest continues!

May 10, 2011
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Breakfast @ McDonalds: Where is it served earliest in LA?

Which McDonald's in LA/Westside/Hollywood/Southbay serves breakfast the earliest? I've called several in the South Bay and the earliest I found was 4am.

I was hoping to find a McDonald's that served as early as 2am to serve as a nice post-bar meal.


May 09, 2011
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