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Jun 19, 2009 08:51 PM

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Inn-n-Out is yummy but sometimes I need something other than a burger. I'm looking for various ethnic foods and hole in the wall type of places, preferably something sit down that closes later than 9:30-10:30 on weeknights. Heck, I'm also looking for places that close late on the weekend, the later the better because it's good to have options. =)

I'm in Torrance but places around the Southbay are welcome. Any price range, as I'm just looking for as many options as possible.

Thank you! Hopefully, I'll find something for tonight.

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  1. Torihei closes at midnight. Excellent oden and good yakitori, currently my fave Torrance place:

    Asa Ramen closes at 2 AM - seems to be hit and miss?

    Gaja closes at 11 Tue-Fri so that's cutting it close but if you want okonomiyaki or monjayaki ...

    Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi in Gardena closes at 11:20 (yes website says 11:20)

    1. Cough... Denny's...cough. Okay, not exactly an ethnic or hole in the wall place.

      You need to branch out near the beaches... Redondo, Hermosa, etc for later night eats.

      1. In Manhattan Beach anytime, The Kettle is open 24/7. A coffee shop type of restaurant with an "extensive" menu.

        1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        1. re: Servorg

          I've seen The Kettle. Is it any good? Looks interesting.

          1. re: Pezzy

            I like it for the "American home cooking" aspect of its food, and for those times when you don't really know what you want to eat, so the breadth of the menu comes in handy. Not brilliant, high end dining by any means, but certainly good for what it is. I have to admit that when I go very early in the AM I'm usually ordering breakfast, so maybe take my recommendation with a grain of salt. For a 24/7 place I think they do a good job (vastly superior to Jerry's Deli for instance).

            1. re: Servorg

              Hmmm, I don't know... I found it to be like Denny's, if not worse -- though maybe worse only because it's not a chain, so it raised false expectations in me. But definitely no better than Denny's.

              1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                I agree. It's alright on the "greasy" end... if you're looking for something from your norm set of restaurants.. it's ok to try. But a fair warning, the later it gets, the more people there is.

                We tried going once after SO got home from work, it was so crowded, there was line to get in. Looked like a line to get into club — crazy! Turned around and went to Denny's instead. *sigh* :P

        2. What could be opened late as a bowling alley coffee shop known for it's Asian and Hawaii-type cuisine? On weekends too!
          Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop on Vermont Ave. south of the Hustler Casino.

          1. Koraku in the Rolling Hills Plaza is open til 3 (I think). Ramen and rice dishes...the ramen is pretty boring but the rice dishes are good.