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Looking for great food in Hermosa Beach area.

Here's the deal. Hopefully someone can help. I am taking a date to the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Saturday night and want to find a great dinner place before the show. The Hermosa/Manhattan Beach areas would be great. It doesn't matter if it is a dive or a romantic setting. Any kind of food is fine, and I guess the only thing I would exclude would be four-star top expensive kinds of places. Ultimately, I'm looking for one of those local gems. Any ideas?

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  1. I would suggest either Chef Melbas Bistro or Jacksons both are very close to the Comedy and Magic Club. Food is good at both with my edge going to Chef Melbas

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    Chef Melba's Bistro
    1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

    Jacksons Village Bistro
    517 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      of the two,
      i'd stick to chef melba's. . . .

    2. We had our office Christmas party one year at the Comedy and Magic Club and the food served was pretty decent. Of course we ordered anything on the menu since the company paid for it including unlimited drinks. Funny I can't remember what we ate? Funny how I don't remember the whole night?

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      1. re: Clinton

        Chef Melba's is the local gem IMO.
        There is a sushi place a few doors down from the comedy club-I think it is called Sushi Sensai. It has decent preparations of Americanized novelty rolls, etc. Not authentic but tasty.
        The Italian Place on Pier called Buona Vita is good too. The ambience is relaxed and the interior is low lit.
        Not fancy-Thai Top on Pier has good versions of Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Silver Noodle Yum and they do spicy things with squid. They also have a shrimp dumpling soup with spinach.
        Ragin Cajun, also on Pier.
        Boogaloo Cafe-also Cajun influence with live blues...really good shrimp in a spicy sauce dish.

      2. The Bottle Inn in HB is a skip from the Comedy Club. A very romantic dimly lit cozy Italian restaurant, steps from the sand adn the club. Perfect first date place. Food is good here too. Fits local gem quota. Not too pricey IIRC, most entrees were in the 10-20 mark.

          1. Ragin Cajun on Pier. Nice little gem with amazingly good food and friendly atmosphere.