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greengardener Dec 22, 2008 08:28 AM

Peninsula Grill at the top of the hill in Palos Verdes - in the mall there - was a great surprise. I have been trying to find a place for months now to eat that was not mediocre at best. Peninsula Grill was good and has great prices. We went there for lunch. They have a great patio where you can bring your dog - that was why we went there after to calling several restaurants in Redondo to no avail.

I had the Indian Spiced Chicken Salad sandwich. It was in a warm pita - a thin pita not too thick which was perfect. None of the sides sounded appealing to me - fries, potato salad or melon salad - so they were happy to give me a side green salad instead. My friend had the fish tacos and really liked them. It was a simple grilled fish - not fried - with a green salsa.

The wine selection could be better - but it isn't bad.

The prices are wonderful. Our sandwiches were both under $10 each and the portions are large

But I am still left wondering in such a beautiful and upscale area, why does Palos Verdes have such awful restaurants? I am told that restaurants open and close - do people not eat out there???

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    lakeshow318 Jan 5, 2009 05:52 PM

    i think the answer is that everybody in PV eats out in torrance, the beach cities, etc. palos verdes doesn't have the population to support tons of eateries. that's why the shops at palos verdes is like a ghost town whenever i rarely visit.

    that aside, i actually have to confess to liking the appetizer for subs, lamppost pizza for beer and a slice, and occasionally fu yuan lo for some westernized chinese food circa 1980. maybe it's nostalgia.

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      Foodandwine Jan 5, 2009 06:18 PM

      add to that meyers for a cup of coffee and a donught..

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        soto i am Jan 6, 2009 10:45 AM

        i agree that Bamboo Song has the tastiest pho in the area. Much better than the pho shop in Penn center and the ones on hawthorne and the ones on crenshaw in Torrance and even further north in Gardena).

        I did recently discover a relatively new to the area Pho SO1 corner of redondo beach blvd and western in gardena. Huge menu. Had the curry chicken with rice vermicelli instead of the french roll. AWESOME. Too much chicken in the bowl! Asked for extra limes and an extra basil and mint plate. Ice coffee with milk was smooth and delicious (Most places have the rough taste and after taste) Next visit will try the pho the bun or rice plate. Restaurant clean and staff friendly. Would be awesome if no longer had to drive to SGV

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      hungryrunner Jan 5, 2009 12:58 PM

      I've lived in PV all my life. I grew up riding and became an engineer!! Does anyone remember the old Hungry Tiger? It was located approximately where the Burger King is now (on top of the hill). My favorite place? Bamboo Song (inbetween the library and Promendade/Avenues/Whatever-it's-called-this-year). Love, love, love their pho. I get the chicken. Every time.

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        Francesca Jan 5, 2009 06:16 PM

        Yes, Hungry Tiger for prom night and several family dinners. Remember The Palms in Torrance for prime rib and shirley temples?

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          UCLA92 Jan 6, 2009 07:59 AM

          Loved the Hungry Tiger. The old Jolly Rogers was great too. Our family favorite was Del Contes on PCH. The garlic toast and that smoke filled lounge. Good stuff...

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            Francesca Jan 31, 2009 10:34 AM

            Jolly Rogers and Del Contes were staples, too.

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        jaymor Jan 5, 2009 05:04 AM

        try the steak house on rolling hills rd.....for true wagyu beef etc....located ate crenshaw and rolling hills rd by ralph's

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          Servorg Jan 5, 2009 05:47 AM

          Here is a link to the original review which put it on CH's radar:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/521692

          There was another shorter review with a few caveats which can be found here:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573593

        2. OC Mutt Jan 4, 2009 03:48 PM

          Any other south bay gems? I just moved to this area from OC.

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            Rizza Jan 5, 2009 09:03 AM

            Restraunt Christine in torrance and Gina Lee's Bistro in Redondo Beach. Both are close to PV.

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              lakeshow318 Jan 5, 2009 06:38 PM

              Japanese:
              musha's on carson and western (add the whole mitsuwa plaza with santouka ramen and katsu shop)
              iccho on crenshaw and PCH (next to the CPK)
              koraku in same plaza next to nijiya market
              gaja (okonomoyaki joint) on lomita between crenshaw
              kotosh (peruvian japanese, across from gaja)

              Italian
              Il Chianti (24503 Narbonne Ave, Lomita - Japanese style Italian) - my new favorite!!!

              Chinese:
              Shanghai Palace (PCH between Hawthorne and Crenshaw)
              Harbor Palace
              Regal Palace (eh, so so dim sum)

              pretty much a lot of Chinese and Japanese places as suited to the minority groups most prevalent in the Southbay

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