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AllanLind Jul 17, 2006 11:54 PM

I'm looking for a few great dinner restaurants and breakfast places in the Redondo Beach area for a small group of friends (6 to 10 folks) getting together next September for the first time in 10 years. No culinary biases, just a preference for fine dining in the evening and a good old fashion breakfast place in the morning.

If I can help you with a good restaurant or two in the Sacramento area, let me know.

Thanks for any advice.

--Allan

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    BeachGrub Jul 18, 2006 12:58 AM

    Two can't misses.

    Gina Lee's Bistro for dinner.

    Good Stuff for Breakfast. (Get there early as it packs up on the weekend for breakfast).

    If you stay near the Riviera Village you can walk to both as well as the beach and Redondo Beach Brewery (for a nice lunch with beer).

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      young_chower Jul 18, 2006 04:59 AM

      I hear that Addi's Tandoor in Redondo is really good Indian, both from people and from Zagats.

      For breakfast, you might want to check out The Original Pancake House on PCH, close to the Bristol Farms (might be in South Torrance). Get the apple pancake. It's huge, and delicious.

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        Francesca Jul 18, 2006 07:01 AM

        Chez Melange @ the Palos Verdes Inn right near PCH and P.V. Blvd. is reliable and has many fans.

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          Biff Wellington Jul 18, 2006 04:45 PM

          I've said it before, but I really don't see the appeal of Chez Melange. I've only been once, but I was so thoroughly disappointed (it felt to me like a Denny's that served liquor) that I will not be returning any time soon. Am I missing something?

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          otonitoni Jul 18, 2006 09:32 AM

          If you venture south a few blocks, I would recommend Christine's for dinner. They have a private room as well for your 10 guest. Chez Melange is going downhill. Christine's is one of the few places you can still get a decent LA meal. Good Luck!

          1. CynD Jul 18, 2006 04:23 PM

            Amie's Bistro, on PCH, for a fun French meal. I have to say I was unimpressed and disappointed with Gina Lee's, given the kudos it receives on this board. Second the Original Pancake House (on PCH just south of Palos Verdes Blvd.).

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              hlwd_marko Jul 18, 2006 04:57 PM

              What is that timy little shack on PCH, at Torrance blvd, right next to Bank Of America? It looks like a small diner, before the actual diners weren't even invented yet. U-shaped little counter, and there is patio behind the building, it's like somebody's home. Tiny sign only, I had a good breakfast there several times, not recently thou, just can't remenber the name of it (short name, like "Chuck's" or something like that.) Other than that, I can't recommend anything else in RB. Anyways, this place is a real deal in its own category.

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                young_chower Jul 18, 2006 07:03 PM

                You are referring to The Cozy Cafe. It is a TINY little place as you described. I've eaten there a few times. I would say that it's a little too cozy for me. The food was OK but nothing really memorable. If you are looking for a cheap breakfast that's just eggs, potatoes, toast, and some bacon, I HIGHLY recommend Louis Burgers (the boycott Chevron people... remember that sign?)on Artesia in North Redondo. For $3.50, you get a damn good meal. Nothing fancy (in fact the place is kinda depressing decorating wise), just a very solid quick breakfast.

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                Nicole Jul 18, 2006 05:15 PM

                Ditto on Christine and Gina Lee being great choices for dinner. Christine is my favorite restaurant in Southbay. Ditto on Good Stuff for a casual breakfast or lunch...I also like Martha's in Hermosa Beach for very casual breakfast or lunch.

                Ditto on the negative comments on Chez Melange...food is not that great. And I found the atmosphere kind of stuffy, and it feels really old...the restaurant itself seems old and in need of renovation, and most of the patrons were rather old when I was there.

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                  young_chower Jul 18, 2006 07:08 PM

                  How can I forget Eat at Joe's on PCH? It has those great communal tables, as well as great cheap food. Once again, solid diner food. Any other Eat at Joe's fans?

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                    Rizza Jul 18, 2006 07:29 PM

                    I actually like Chez Melange for breakfast/brunch. Just ate there last week with three friends and everyone enjoyed it very much. Good stuff is good too. Personally I don't see the appeal in the Pancake House. My daughter has to beg me to go there, and then it pretty much has to be her birthday to make it happen. On the fishing pier in Redondo is Polly's on the Pier. They have the best banana panckes and huevos rancheros in town. I definately agree with the Christine's and Gina Lee's reccomendations. For fun lunch places you may want to try Riviera Mexican Grill - they have great margies, or Green Temple. Green Temple is vegeterian, and has a very cool atmosphere - the decor is moved around and changed monthly. It has an Indian-Guru-Hippie feel to it. And you can BYOB. I would stay away from HT Grill for anything but a coctail on the patio. Chart House is always good for a steak and salad bar and an amazing sunset view. Try to get a seat by the window.

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