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Manhattan Beach Brewery / Pub / Casual Dining

Kara Elise Apr 17, 2002 02:35 PM

Looking for an informal place to reunite with some old grad school pals that harks back to our wilder days...

Manhattan Beach is preferred as it's equidistant from us all. Maybe a somewhat more upscale bar/brewpub with lively ambiance and decent fare. A place more mature than Hennessy's.... What's the Manhattan Bar & Grill like?

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    Gary Gisel Apr 19, 2002 04:03 PM

    I've eaten in the area quite a few times. If you're willing to go a bit further south, you could try Brewski's by the Hermosa Beach pier, good beer, decent food, seldom crowded. The Manhattan Beach Brew Company is also an solid option.

    I would avoid Michi's like the plague. The food is so so, the waiters have major attitude.


    1. t
      THEE STEALTH Apr 17, 2002 10:43 PM

      Try the Belmont Brewing Co. (BBC)---Here is a link!!

      Link: http://www.belmontbrewing.com

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        LBQT Apr 17, 2002 11:45 PM

        I've eaten here a few times and find the food to be unremarkable. Not bad, just ordinary. A jerk chicken dish on the menu was spicy, but without much other noticeable flavor. Caesar salad for lunch was like everyone else's caesar salad. The bread they served the times I've been there looked like a good sosurdough. We were disappointed to find that it was like pacakged white bread. They have a nice patio overlooking Belmont pier, with Long Beach harbor and the Queen Mary as a backdrop. Go for drinks, apps, and the ambience. Have dinner someplace else.

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          THEE STEALTH Apr 18, 2002 12:53 AM

          Six of us (2 hounds from Salt Lake City) had dinner. And we all enjoyed it. Outside patio. Good friends. Good brew. Good food. That is what it is all about!!!

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        Jerome Apr 17, 2002 06:45 PM

        I like Manhattan Beach Brewing Company (or I did last time I was there, a few years back).

        Just toward the beach from Highland. Burgers are fine. excellent beers and ales. Also, as far as bar food goes, I like the armadillo eggs (small chile rellenos, dipped in corn batter then deep fried, egg-shaped [ovate for those of you who care], when you bite it, the melted cheese dribbles out like a yolk. Tasty. Reasonable, a little loud, and walking distance to the pier so you can go for a stroll after imbibing.

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          mc michael Apr 17, 2002 03:59 PM

          If you want casual, The Shellback Tavern, 116 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

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          1. re: mc michael
            More of everything.... Apr 18, 2002 06:58 PM

            Wow, I never thought I'd see the day someone would mention the shellback in a chowhound post. Not that I don't like the place, actually had more beers there than I'd care to admit. Interesting aside, local MB bars Henneseys, Shellback, and Eurcoles all have had racehorces named after them.
            I'd vote for Rockin Fish for casual dinning suggestion. Plus they've kept alive the lethal navy grog from the old Hibachi days, though made not nearly as strong.

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            wow i'm a dog Apr 17, 2002 03:37 PM

            Never been to the MB Bar & Grill, nor has anyone I know. Both spots have great lighting if you want to look good for your old pals (hey, this *is* LA after all). Also, they are within walking distance of each other so if you don't like one, head to the other.

            First choice:
            Michi Restaurant
            903 Manhattan Ave
            Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5528
            Kind of a scene, but not a Hennessy's-type scene. More Yuppie-esque (my beemer is bigger than your beemer), but they have good martinis.

            Second choice:
            Fonz's Restaurant
            1017 Manhattan Ave
            Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5452
            More relaxed, less 'tude in the patrons. They have a small, decent bar. Warning: Don't eat there - the food is OK but the service is consistently *awful*. To the point where I will ONLY go to the bar.

            Feel free to email me for other rec's or info (parking, etc.).

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              JPups Apr 17, 2002 02:38 PM

              Have not been to Manhattan B&G, but I would recommend the happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's in Manhattan Beach on Rosecrans. Good food, good drinks, and a good crowd.

              Also, for good fare and a more mature crowd, you could drive a few miles south to Redondo Beach Brewing Company in Riviera VIllage.

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                Kara Elise Apr 17, 2002 02:41 PM

                Wow, that was fast -- thank you! Is Riviera Village easy to get to from the 405? Many of us don't know the So Bay areas too well.

                1. re: Kara Elise
                  Jpups Apr 18, 2002 06:39 PM

                  Riviera Village is tucked away from the 405 freeway as they are polar from one another.

                  Best direction:

                  From LAX head south on PCH. About 6 or 7 miles.

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