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Sep 13, 2006 02:59 PM

Redondo Beach or nearish next week

I am going to be at a training class in Redondo Beach for three days. I am especially looking forward to carne asada fries and fish tacos, as I understand those are both sort of regional specialties. I would also love to get some ramen because I have never been to a real ramen shop. I have a decent per diem so price is not a huge concern but I generally prefer a relaxed atmosphere. I enjoy American or various ethnic cuisines but usually avoid any fusion or other ideological cuisine, such as health food or natural food. Also nothing extreme -- pho with tripe and tendon, no problem. Raw fish guts, cheese that really smells like feet, no way.

I can take a cab but I would rather walk. My hotel is right next to the Marina.

Thanks in advance, I am really looking forward to this and I promise to post a solid report afterwards!

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  1. For ramen, try Takefuku on Hawthorne Blvd, or Shinsengumi on Artesia

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    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

      I believe Takefuku is closed, and it's actually a soba/udon joint, not ramen.

      In Torrance, there is Mama Ramen which is pretty decent, in the Torrance Crossroads Plaza (on Crenshaw and Lomita, thereabouts).

      1. re: donnival

        Yeah - it's shut down, which is a shame as the soba/udon was great. Agree about Mama Ramen, that is a good recommendation.

    2. it's not recs for ramen or walking distance but these are good choices~~
      *Aimee's Bistro French 800 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo
      *La Pain Quotidien on Manhattan Beach Blvd for a good cappuccino
      *Sapori Italian in Marina Del Rey at Fisherman’s Village
      *Mi Ranchito Mexican12223 W Washington Blvd Culver City
      ~~FYI if you're able to get away at night Hermosa, Redondo and Manhattan have some good bars.

      1. i didn't realize takefuku had closed. it was never really that busy, but i always liked their curry udon.

        for udon, i'd recommend kotohira in the tozai plaza on redondo beach blvd and western.

        for ramen, there is no substitute for shinsengumi hakata ramen 2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd Ste C, (310) 329-1335. my typical order is hard noodles and strong soup base. the sets are reasonable deals if you are hungry. mama ramen is okay, but is not even close to shinsengumi

        these places are both cab ride distances away from the marina.

        you can also go to the redondo beach pier. at the very end of the pier there is a korean seafood restuarant that serves very fresh crab and shrimp. the shrimp is served raw and killed immediately before it is served. sometimes you can still see them twitching. it's very good.

        1. Hi!
          Not sure if you'd be interested, but the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival is next weekend (September 22-24). I've never gone but have heard good things about it. Maybe it would be an interesting diversion?

          1. Also in Torrance, in the Mitsuwa Marketplace at 21515 Western (one block north of Carson Ave.), is Santouka Ramen -- get the shio ramen.