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glutton Jul 27, 2007 07:21 AM

My wife and I will be in San Pedro on Saturday afternoon. As long as we'll be in that neighborhood, I figured we should sieze the opportunity to eat anything good down that way. Do you have any can't-miss grocery stores, takeout places, or restaurants in San Pedro? I'm assuming there must be something tastier than the Whale & Ale and Papadakis down that way...

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  1. Carrie 218 Jul 27, 2007 07:25 AM

    I lived in San Pedro 15 years ago -- back then, there was a great take-out fried chicken shop called Slavko's. It has to still be there as it was 50+ years old back then (just to see the giant, antiquated fryers is worth the trip!). Grab yourself a picnic from there and don't forget to add some of the massive, plum-sized olives!

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    1. re: Carrie 218
      katkoupai Jul 29, 2007 10:01 PM

      Yes, I do think this is still there-- on Pacific. The sign is really cool-- looks like graffiti art. :)

      1. re: Carrie 218
        Tony Miller Sep 20, 2007 01:10 PM

        Just recently got around to trying this. Delicious chicken, if a little greasy for my taste. I was excited to find that they prepare roast goose, duck, and other delicacies on 24-hour notice; I know where I'll be getting my holiday dinner.

        1. re: Tony Miller
          Tony Miller Dec 23, 2007 05:18 PM

          As promised, I got a roast goose from Slavko's for a birthday celebration a couple of weeks ago. Came with yam puree and a nice dressing with apples, sausage, and cornbread.

          Not the best goose I've had (both of which were in Germany), but good. Big hit with the guests. It was cooked with an orange glaze. Spit-roasted, it had the fat rendered out (can be a serious problem with goose), might have been a trifle overdone. All dark meat, slightly chewy, with the sweet glaze for flavoring.

          I think my search for great goose is over now.

          1. re: Tony Miller
            torty Dec 23, 2007 05:55 PM

            Can you share the cost?

            1. re: torty
              Servorg Dec 23, 2007 08:02 PM

              Too late, his goose is cooked (and eaten). ;-D

              1. re: torty
                Tony Miller Dec 24, 2007 06:30 PM

                It was pretty spendy. The goose + the sides (yams & dressing) was about $130. Estimated 12 lbs, fed six with leftovers for days.

                Jim @ Slavko's charges by the pound -- don't remember how much -- and an additional charge for cooking it. The sides are separate too.

                He said that they get the geese from Canada, and that they were scarce this year. I first talked to him ~ Dec 1 and reserved the bird then; actually had it cooked on the 9th. He said that was the only one he would have before the end of the year.

        2. SIMIHOUND Jul 27, 2007 08:46 AM

          I have heard about San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant being a wonderful place for fresh fish at fair prices. To be honest I have not been there myself.
          1190 Nagoya Way
          Berth 78
          Ports O'Call Village
          San Pedro, CA 90731

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          1. re: SIMIHOUND
            JeetJet Jul 27, 2007 10:09 AM

            I have been told, but have not confirmed, that the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant is owned by the same people who run Fisherman Outlet Market in L.A. Whether or not that is true the Fish Market has been my fav place, since my Dad first took me there decades ago, to by fish and the outdoor seating (perfect ambiance -- like a movie set/scene of a wharf -like lunch place) is a perfect place to enjoy a fresh fish meal. The only reason I go to the Fisherman Outlet more often is because it is closer, but being down near the water adds to the ambiance of the San Pedro Fish Market. After lunch it is nice to walk-off the big meal by walking around the shops at Ports O'Call or to visit the fireboat station nearby and look at the boat through the windows.

            Fisherman Outlet Market
            529 S Central Ave
            (213) 627-7231

            1. re: JeetJet
              Servorg Jul 28, 2007 07:36 AM


            2. re: SIMIHOUND
              wilp Jul 28, 2007 09:02 AM

              Been there many times, kids love it.

              It really is seafood chaos as soon as you walk in. Along the long wall is a full seafood case, but behind it is an assortment of bins with the catch of the day. Ive see grouper, shark, Monkfish - all kinds of good stuff in there. Across the way is a separate section for shellfish - its totally hit and miss for prices - but if you get a good day for lobsters, dig in. Grab an assortment of fish and shellfish and have the guys behind the counter clean your fish (follow what everybody else is doing), take below to the lower deck area - they will grill or fry your selection, add some serious bread, potatoes and onion. I usually only visit the full service counter below (fish and chips, corn dog, etc) for the kids - but they do have some interesting food.

              My only warning is that with harbor can be a stinky place, and the Market can get pretty crazy and dirty. Only good thing about kids in diapers - endless supply of wet wipes.

            3. Normal Garciaparra Jul 27, 2007 12:06 PM

              BUSY BEE SANDWICHES, BABY!!!!

              Busy Bee Market
              2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

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              1. re: Normal Garciaparra
                JeetJet Jul 27, 2007 05:04 PM

                What kind of bread do they have? Also, what do you think is the best sandwich there?

                1. re: JeetJet
                  Normal Garciaparra Jul 27, 2007 10:17 PM

                  I've only tried the Italian sammich. This was a couple years ago...but Busy Bee is a Pedro institution!

                  1. re: Normal Garciaparra
                    Foodandwine Sep 7, 2007 04:53 PM

                    Normal, I went there today and could not make up my mind so I ordered the torpedo, they were pre made and I think I had made a mistake. The hot sandwiches looked better, at least from the steam table. My torpedo was ham, provolone, salame and lettuce with allot of drippy runny mayo and somewhat wilted lettuce. Do the make this sandwich fresh? There must of been 15 on the counter. Perhaps I will try again want to keep an open mind but was in Palos Verdes and took the drive. In fact I only ate half and threw the other half away..

                    1. re: Foodandwine
                      Ernie Sep 7, 2007 05:14 PM

                      Busy Bee is best for hot sandwiches. For torpedos in San Pedro, A-1 Italian Import market makes them better. No mayo, just a very simple bit of vinegar and oil, and the lettuce is always fresh.

                  2. re: JeetJet
                    gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 04:29 PM

                    The bread they use is called an "Ischia Roll", after the island of Ischia. It is available at the local italian bakeries. I posted below regarding the bread a few weeks ago.


                    Try the BBQ pork at Busy Bee. Messy and yummy. For a killer sandwich, I prefer the eggplant from A-1 Market on 8th Street.

                  3. re: Normal Garciaparra
                    glutton Jul 30, 2007 10:33 AM

                    Scheduling vaguaries and some other interruptions to the plan meant that we had to get a quick, late lunch on Saturday. We went to Busy Bee because it was around the corner from where we were. The line was long, but it moved pretty quickly. I got the turkey pastrami. It was good, but not crazy good. They use a real soft white Italian roll for the sandwiches, which means they soak up a lot of the juices. That's good. However, I would not put this up there with the best sandwiches I've eaten. Good, but not among the best. Not sure why it's such an institution. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Bay Cities?

                    1. re: glutton
                      Tony Miller Aug 8, 2007 05:37 PM

                      Me too -- Monday at 3, long line of blue collar guys, but service was brisk. Tried the meatball and Torpedo sandwiches, and thought they were both pretty good but in no way remarkable. Conservatively seasoned, I would say.

                      1. re: Tony Miller
                        Ernie Aug 20, 2007 01:01 PM

                        Try the meatball + sausage sandwich aka "Donato's Pick" at Big Nick's in San Pedro. Great stuff and my favorite meatball/sausage sandwich in the city

                        1. re: Ernie
                          Tony Miller Sep 7, 2007 06:19 PM

                          Tried "Donato's Pick" the other day. Enormous! I ate one half for lunch, and my wife made two meals out of the other half. It's also so big around that you can't put it into your mouth -- I ended up eating it with a knife and fork.

                          Very good taste, though. Thanks for the reco.

                          1. re: Tony Miller
                            Ernie Sep 7, 2007 07:03 PM

                            Glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to report back. Yes, Big Nick's portions tend to be enormous but somehow I am able to eat the whole thing LOL

                      2. re: glutton
                        gaylenwaydelich Aug 9, 2007 06:42 PM

                        Aaahh Glutton, turkey pastrami is an anomaly. Their strenght lies in the meatball, sausage, bbq turkey and bbq pork - my favorite. Place is an institution because Pedroites won't go to SM for a sandwich. But I know people from Santa Barbara and Carlsbad that come up to Pedro for Busy Bee. I guess it's what you grew up with. I have clients who work on Colorado in Santa Monica that beg me to bring up Busy Bee for in-house lunch meetings. Sort of a drag because I like to go to Bay Cities since Busy Bee is a 5 min. drive down the hill from my house! There is room for every taste.

                        1. re: glutton
                          Foodandwine Sep 7, 2007 04:55 PM

                          The Poor Boy at Bay Cities is a KILLER Sanwich, just had the torpedo at busy bee, what a mistake!! see above post to normal..

                        2. re: Normal Garciaparra
                          Ollie Aug 6, 2007 03:22 PM

                          I second that recomendation

                        3. katkoupai Jul 27, 2007 05:09 PM

                          I was recently in the San Pedro area, and I noticed many Mexican restaurants. I was unable to stop in, but I wondered which one was really good, given that there were so many choices. Another thing I noticed-- a small, hole-in-the-wall, shack-like Vietnamese place. Has anyone been there?

                          Nam's Red Door Vietnamese
                          (310) 832-4120
                          2253 S Pacific Ave
                          San Pedro, CA 90731

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                            Jerome Jul 27, 2007 05:56 PM

                            There's a diner near the 22nd street landing called Canetti's. It was once featured in a pbs series on diners. Great? no. BUT decent, nice atmosphere and I liked the fish and chips i had there.
                            Papadakis Taverna is still decent although itsounds like you don't care for it.
                            CANETTI'S SEAFOOD GROTTO
                            309 E 022ND ST
                            SAN PEDRO

                            PAPADAKIS TAVERNA
                            301 W 006TH ST
                            SAN PEDRO

                            I've heard good things about
                            RINCON ESPANOL
                            79 BERTH POC
                            SAN PEDRO

                            But I haven't been so I can't recomend it.

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                              Steto Jul 27, 2007 06:17 PM

                              Papadakis is fun if you don't get embarrassed when the waiters in Greek restaurants start dancing, food is good, but expensive.

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                              1. re: Steto
                                peterboy Jul 27, 2007 11:17 PM

                                skip papadakis. the owner is a bore.
                                if you are there after 5 pm go to neil's on 6th street. italian as good as I found in Italy.

                                BusyBee is good, but kinda gross if you are over 45.
                                Saturday afternoon has most of the finer places closed.
                                good nystyle pizza at Bonellos on Gaffey and good family-style italian at Nonnas on western
                                Also fine sushi on western...sushia...just north of the trader joe's.
                                If it is early afternoon good diner food at the Pacific Diner on pacifc at 38 street.

                                1. re: peterboy
                                  gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 04:41 PM

                                  Oh peterboy - I guess I'll have to give Nona's another try based on your reccomendation. I ate there for the first time expecting food like my old Croation Nona's and was so disappointed.The pasta was over cooked and the sauce tasted like ragu. The salad dressing was brought in an assortment of Kraft bottles. The food was inedible as far as I was concerned. For that "Pedro family style" place I prefer Dominick's on Western Ave. For that deadly garlic lemon roasted chicken and mostacolli. The game is always on and Teresa and Lydia remember you and treat you like family.

                                  Bono's and Bonellos are good. I still can't bring myself to eat sushi in San Pedro after so many bad experiences at sushi 21, Senfuku, and the place across from Taxco on Western - yukko! I just head further down Western Ave to Torrance for descent sushi.

                                  1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                    leetmom7 Aug 4, 2007 11:12 PM

                                    What gaylenwaydelich said about Nona's. I'm not Italian or Croatian and I can cook better than that!

                                    gaylenwaydelich, is the 'place across from Taxco' called Tashiro?

                                    1. re: leetmom7
                                      gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 11:28 PM

                                      I'm not sure. I drive by several times a day and I just tried to erase it from my memory. I judge my Asian retaurants by how many other Asian's are dining. For the record I am Eurasian, married to an Italian for 19 years and neighbors with Croats all my life. So if I am the least Asian looking person in an Asian restaurant - that is a good thing. ; )

                                      1. re: leetmom7
                                        Tony Miller Aug 5, 2007 12:55 AM

                                        I think gaylenwaydelich is referring to a place on the West side of Western. Tashiro, which is further along in the same complex as Taxco, is very good IMO. Not world-class, but nicely fresh and a good portion size-to-price ratio.

                                        1. re: Tony Miller
                                          leetmom7 Aug 5, 2007 06:52 AM

                                          Well there is no other sushi 'across from Taxco'. The only other close place is either Kobe Grill in the Terraces which isn't a 'sushi bar' or two blocks north where the post office is - Sushiya - which I put in the same class as Tashiro.

                                          Just curious so I can stay away from whatever is bugging gaylen, but I can't figure out specifically which restaurant!

                                          1. re: leetmom7
                                            gaylenwaydelich Aug 5, 2007 08:46 PM

                                            The Pink Plaza at Capitol and Western Ave. (I remember what a ruckus the paint color caused when it was first built.) The one in the same plaza as Taxco, Circus Donuts and Ace Cleaners. Kobe Grill is a reincarnation of the BBQ place that was there previously. I think it is the same owners.

                                            1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                              leetmom7 Aug 5, 2007 09:07 PM

                                              Ah, then you are talking about Tashiro. I haven't eaten there enough to form an opinion. You've lived here a long time - when I worked for FHP maaaaannnyyy moons ago - I lived in Fountain Valley - I knew they had a Medical Center where the Harbor Spa is now in that center.

                                              Didn't Kobe Grill (a chain) replace a deli and before that a Penguins? Ah we need better eats along Western Blvd., sigh. The only place my kids can agree on going to is Chicago for Ribs (ducking and running for cover, LOL).

                                              1. re: leetmom7
                                                gaylenwaydelich Aug 5, 2007 10:31 PM

                                                It has been a few things over the years. Leetmom7 - I'll be running and ducking with you. I live in Whites Point and I was actually excited to get a new choice in the neighborhood. Although ChiRibs is a last resort when I'm too lazy to drive, I have been know to go incognito to pick up to-go when the demons take over.

                                                1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                                  peterboy Aug 5, 2007 11:05 PM

                                                  folks I know who crave sushi swear by sushiya.
                                                  I am no sushi fan, but I ate there with them and I thought it was fine

                                                  1. re: peterboy
                                                    gaylenwaydelich Aug 6, 2007 01:10 AM

                                                    OK peterboy - usually the two of us are of the same mindset with the exception of Nona's. So I guess I'll have to give it another try.

                                                    1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                                      Tony Miller Aug 8, 2007 05:46 PM

                                                      I really don't mean to be argumentative, but there seems to be some uncertainty as to which sushi place your comment (yukko!) addressed. I really have had a lot of very satisfactory sushi at Tashiro, and have recommended it successfully to other sushiphiles. I suggest giving it another chance.

                                    2. re: peterboy
                                      Foodandwine Aug 4, 2007 05:07 PM

                                      Peterboy, i was planning to go to A1 and Busybee for a sandwich run.. why are busybee geared to the under 45 crowd, I guess I missed your point..

                                      1. re: Foodandwine
                                        gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 05:27 PM

                                        My Mom is 87 and still eats Busy Bee - albeit not with her original teeth! My brother who are in his 60's drive in from Redondo Beach to pick up sandwiches. Peterboy may be refering to the younger locals waiting in line for sandwiches. It can resemble the lunch line at SPHS any day of the week. I personally think the sandwiches at A-1, especially the eggplant, are better. (When I am in NYC, that is the one sandwhich I miss most!) Sandwich Saloon is also good. they also have the option of the whole wheat Ischia roll that the others don't have.

                                        1. re: Foodandwine
                                          peterboy Aug 5, 2007 12:14 AM

                                          I went to nonna's once and it was fine...cant swear by it though. Had the chicken parm and she threw in spag at my request. I thought it was fine and the spag was firm.
                                          Busy bee...just meant I was getting to old to slug down one of their heroes like I did 12 years ago. I do enjoy it though, and regret it later.
                                          I think A1 eggplant is good, never had it in a sandwich though. I like to buy cold cuts there, especially mortadella with pistachios.
                                          Busy Bee is such a pedro institution that the high school kids get extra sandwich paper from them and use i to cover their text books.

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                                      leetmom7 Jul 28, 2007 08:46 AM

                                      What kind of venue are you looking for? From the two you have mentioned, I assume not too casual and down by that area (too bad I was going to recommend Baja Fish on 5th and Gaffey).

                                      I agree on not Papadakis. Its a caricature of itself.

                                      Sixth Street Bistro, is good American food.

                                      Rex's Cafe, 2136 S. Pacific Avenue, great wholesome/healthful casual.

                                      Here is a link to SP restaurants:


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                                      1. re: leetmom7
                                        katkoupai Jul 29, 2007 10:00 PM

                                        Almost tried Rex's today-- it looked like a cool spot. Gaffey Street Diner also seems like a neat spot.

                                        San Pedro seems to have many independent burger and fries places. Which ones are good? Indie pizza shops also seem to be abundant.

                                        By the way, the link of SP restaurants above is nice, leetmom7. I like it.

                                        1. re: katkoupai
                                          Ernie Jul 29, 2007 10:42 PM

                                          I tried Gaffey Street Diner this morning and it was fantastic. I hope to write a more detailed account soon

                                          1. re: Ernie
                                            katkoupai Jul 30, 2007 06:45 AM

                                            Great. :) Looking forward to reading your review.

                                            1. re: Ernie
                                              gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 04:33 PM

                                              Did you have the biscuits and gravy?? Excellent - not bland with a nice ratio of meat to gravy. They were recently featured on the Food Network.

                                              1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                                Ernie Aug 4, 2007 04:44 PM

                                                Yes, didn't know about the Food Network feature but they caught my eye on the menu and were excellent. The gravy had a great rich sausage flavor and the biscuits were tender, moist, and not gummy or doughy at all.

                                                We also tried the corned beef hash special and an order of blueberry pancakes. All were great, portions are enormous, and looking forward to our next breakfast (and post-breakfast nap!)

                                                1. re: Ernie
                                                  gaylenwaydelich Aug 4, 2007 04:49 PM

                                                  Oh yes, the corned beef hash. I felt like Sophie's Choice the morning I switched to the biscuits and gravy. I like the corn beef hash extra crispy - although my cardiologist disagrees!

                                                  My daughter and sister tried the chorizo and eggs that were also featured on TFN but were disappointed. I like the chorizo breakfast at Las Brisas on Channel and Gaffey, Pina's on 9th, or Taxco on 25th & Western.

                                                  Happy eats Ernie!

                                                  1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                                    katkoupai Aug 25, 2007 08:27 AM

                                                    I saw a review of Gaffey St. Diner (in San Pedro) on the Food Network last night with my family. They interviewed the owners of Gaffey St. Diner, and they spoke about how everything is made fresh, from the chorizo, to the biscuits, to the hashbrowns. There was a shot of a huge waffle covered with fresh berries and whipped cream that looked so good. If I ever have the time, I will check this place out for breakfast.

                                                    This is probably the same Food Network show mentioned by people above. The guy who hosted the show had bleached blond hair and two big earrings. He was going to small diners across the US and showing the ones he liked best. I looked him up on www.foodtv.com, and his name is Guy Fieri. His show is called "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

                                                    1. re: katkoupai
                                                      Tony Miller Sep 20, 2007 01:16 PM

                                                      Just tried Gaffey St Diner too. More-than-decent eggs, bacon, and pancakes; huge portions, very cheerful service. Funny, it looks like such a dive from the outside but is really pleasant inside.

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                                          peterboy Aug 5, 2007 12:18 AM

                                          also pedro chamber is hosting the annual taste in san pedro at pt fermin park 8/4-5
                                          a nice time with bands...but you have to pay ten smackers for the privilege of buying food and drink, unless you can get in as a senior or military, which is just a nice thing about being old or having served.

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                                          1. re: peterboy
                                            Ernie Aug 6, 2007 10:23 AM

                                            I checked out the Taste of San Pedro this weekend and it was a lot of fun. The weather on Sunday was exceptionally gorgeous, good vibe, and lots of tasty eats.

                                            We sampled a Texas-style BBQ beef & baked beans stand, fish tacos from Baja Fish, and fresh peach pie a la mode from the Marie Callendar's stand. All were great and it was a good thing we worked some of it off walking back home :)

                                          2. WildSwede Aug 6, 2007 02:56 PM

                                            I lived in SP for a year in 84-85. There are two places I remember (vaguely) one was on Western and was a deli that had a octopus salad (my step-sister and I would take the "suckers" and stick them on our foreheads and walk around - hey, I was 14 and definitely weird!!) and another greasy hamburger place on - was it Pacific? The street that the 110 ends on, you turn left and it is on the right hand side - IIRC. Mike's?? I loved their burgers and chili fries!

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                                            1. re: WildSwede
                                              fizzie Sep 7, 2007 09:07 AM

                                              WS, any chance you might remember the deli with octopus salad? I love that stuff. Thank you.

                                              1. re: fizzie
                                                glutton Sep 7, 2007 12:26 PM

                                                If you love octopus, then you must try the grilled octopus appetizer at Petros in Manhattan Beach. A wonderful, wonderful dish. Easily the best thing I ate there and I ate a lot.

                                                1. re: fizzie
                                                  WildSwede Sep 20, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                  It was in a deli on Western on the west side of the street. A strip mall. Between Capitol & Toscanini but closer to Capitol (Trudie) - maybe even on that corner. I cannot remember perfectly, though! Sorry!
                                                  I am kinda thinking that chili place was Tommy's. I am fairly certain that it was on Gaffey (now that I look at the maps)!! Thanks! ;-)
                                                  Also, I think we did to go Cigo's, too. We were all over that place!

                                                2. re: WildSwede
                                                  gaylenwaydelich Sep 7, 2007 10:21 PM

                                                  WS - sounds like you went to Cigo's back in the day. They served Croatian-style seafood. It was on 9th and Pacific. They had the BEST octopus salad. I have never had another like it. My best freind and I loved that place. We miss it and still reminisce about the great meals we had there growing up. We would order the fishermans platter and the mermaid platter and share it. The owners eventually retired back to the old country.

                                                  I think the burger place is "Tommy's" on 12th & Gaffey that you may have been to. They definitely still have chili fries, but I think nostalgia is better in this case. Hate to see you waste the gas - for a possible bad case of gas!

                                                  1. re: gaylenwaydelich
                                                    Ernie Sep 8, 2007 08:49 AM

                                                    It sounds like the burger place WildeSwede remembers might be Big Mike's on 7th St between Gaffey & Grand? I loved their burgers, enormous beasts with hot links in them. However it closed a while back, and is now a Middle Eastern restaurant

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                                                  cls Aug 6, 2007 10:12 PM

                                                  Enchilada house on Bandini.

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                                                    peterboy Aug 9, 2007 09:22 PM

                                                    did I sayNeil's - maybe two or three times.
                                                    went there already this week.
                                                    ah the stuffed pepper. just like I got 50 years ago as a kid.
                                                    linguine clams
                                                    shrimp fra diavolo
                                                    lobster ravioli
                                                    soups to die for.
                                                    real bread.
                                                    real linen
                                                    an insane owner who cares about food as the thing that creates love.

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                                                      kandykane Aug 20, 2007 07:35 PM

                                                      Pedro has many good eats-
                                                      My favs are --
                                                      For fancy morrocan and a show-try Babouch on Pacific?
                                                      Nams Red Door-vietnamesee-yummy hole in the wall-
                                                      J Traini's on 9th Street for Lunch-Local italian-great Calamari.
                                                      and then there is Walkers Biker Dive-

                                                      1. Normal Garciaparra Sep 7, 2007 12:38 PM

                                                        There's a big Filipino festival happening in San Pedro this weekend in Pt. Fermin. They have a culinary arts pavilion. I know of at least two other Chowhounders who will be there :)


                                                        1. Das Ubergeek Sep 8, 2007 03:59 PM

                                                          We actually went to San Pedro today after an introductory trip to La Espanola Meats (in Harbor City, just up the 110 at Sepulveda), but we had to pick fast since She Who Must Be Obeyed was a ticking time bomb -- we ended up at the San Pedro Brewing Company and the burgers were tasty, but the service was... well, "automatisme" comes to mind.

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                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                                            leetmom7 Sep 8, 2007 04:29 PM

                                                            Ooooh Ubergeek we love La Espanola. Whadja get?

                                                            1. re: leetmom7
                                                              Das Ubergeek Sep 9, 2007 03:49 PM

                                                              Fuet, imported pernil serrà (only $28 a pound, can you believe it??), butifarra, brandada de bacallà, Idiazábal, Montcerdà, fresh goat cheese, codonyat (a kind of quince preserve that can be sliced), and cava.

                                                              A true Catalan feast -- along with almonds, amanida verda amb vinagreta (green salad with vinaigrette), peas cooked with some of the fuet, and crema catalana.

                                                          2. Gingerleen Sep 8, 2007 08:20 PM

                                                            Gaffey Street Diner for the best breakfast (you will need a nap when you are done). And Baja Fish also on Gaffey (I think it's Gaffey & 6th).

                                                            1. DiveFan Sep 9, 2007 11:59 PM

                                                              In respect for this topic, links for everyone!

                                                              Baja Fish
                                                              611 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Gaffey Street Diner
                                                              247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Big Nick's Pizza
                                                              1110 N Gaffey St Ste G, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Slavko's Harbor Poultry
                                                              1224 S Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90731

                                                              San Pedro Fish Mkts & Restaurant
                                                              1190 Nagoya Way, Los Angeles, CA 90731

                                                              A 1 Imported Groceries
                                                              348 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Nam's Red Door
                                                              2253 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Canetti's Seafood Grotto
                                                              309 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Papadakis Taverna
                                                              301 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Rincon Espanol
                                                              79 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Neil's Pasta & Seafood Grill
                                                              383 W 5th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Bonello's New York Pizza
                                                              832 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Sixth Street Bistro
                                                              354 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Rex's Cafe
                                                              2136 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Las Brisas
                                                              1110 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Pina's Restaurant
                                                              1430 W 25th St, San Pedro, CA 90732

                                                              Taxco Restaurant
                                                              29050 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

                                                              Enchilada House
                                                              133 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Babouch Moroccan Restaurant
                                                              810 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              Walkers' Cafe
                                                              700 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              San Pedro Brewing Co
                                                              331 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                              La Espanola Meats
                                                              25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

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                                                                bex29 Dec 17, 2007 07:10 PM

                                                                Busy Bee used to be good, but now it's just okay. A-1 is better for sandwiches. There is a fabulous mexican place down on lower Pacific..I don't even know the name but it's painted blue with fish all over the building, next to a laundrymat..Amazing food, no one there speaks much english..try the shrimp tacos. Sushi-Ya changed owners and used to be great, now just okay. The Brewery is always good but nothing to write home about. A new Persian place opened on 8th Street, Gypsie Way BBQ that is quite good. The fish market, but only inside (not crazy outside patio) is great and cheap fish without the madness, but you can watch it from a window seat. Nam's is good Vietnamese food. Fantastic Cafe on Gaffey has the best fries in town..burgers aren't bad either.

                                                                1. HPLsauce Dec 23, 2007 08:14 PM

                                                                  It's been a few years but I quite liked Marcello:

                                                                  Marcello Restaurant
                                                                  470 W. 7th Street
                                                                  San Pedro, CA 90731


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                                                                  1. re: HPLsauce
                                                                    Rizza Dec 26, 2007 12:59 PM

                                                                    I believe Marcello's has changed ownership several times in the last 5 years. I don't know how consistent it is. I haven't eaten there for at least a year.

                                                                    I have just recently started having lunch at Niel's once a month. The food is so good. They make an outstanding seafood pasta. the pasta is cooked al dente, and they seafood is really fresh. The tomato sauce has an incredible depth of flavor that is very rich. I was treated to local white anchovies from the chef one day. They were perfect. Not overpowered by vinegar as they can be sometimes. They definately get great fresh fish from the local market. Unfortuneatly the anchovies have not been available again. I ask for them every time i go.

                                                                    1. re: Rizza
                                                                      peterboy Dec 26, 2007 02:09 PM

                                                                      that would be Neil's on 5th street a block and half just east of pacific.
                                                                      wonderful food. I am jealous about the anchovies or smelts, or whatever.
                                                                      the chef is a true character and a delight.
                                                                      Marcello's has had some problems of late.

                                                                  2. KaimukiMan Jan 15, 2008 01:43 AM

                                                                    I will be visiting mom at the end of February (2008) was wondering if anyone had any updates for this thread. One thing I miss is good Mexican, so if anyone has specific suggestions there, would appreciate it. We almost always eat at Pacific Diner (montecristo's) Bonello's Pizza, an enchilada stand on Bandini, sometimes Busy Bee. There is also a nice Italian place down on 6th or 7th we have eaten at a couple of times. Anyhow, any other suggestions/updates from this thread would be great. Thanks!

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                                                                      JimmyC Mar 15, 2008 09:44 PM

                                                                      best deal a1 market 12 inch sub 4 bucks good meat shredded lettuce nice tomato extra dressing wow oh yeah good bread. busy bee grat place. my vote a1 but im from jersey what the do i know

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