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Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Pezzy Jun 19, 2009 08:51 PM

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. burumun RE: Pezzy Jun 19, 2009 11:10 PM

    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 ... http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2009/...

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

    1. DrBruin RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 08:05 AM

      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. Servorg RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 08:13 AM

        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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          Pezzy RE: Servorg Jun 22, 2009 11:21 PM

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

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            Servorg RE: Pezzy Jun 23, 2009 04:23 AM

            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).

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              buttermarblepopcorn RE: Servorg Jun 24, 2009 08:26 PM

              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.

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                mermy RE: buttermarblepopcorn Jun 25, 2009 09:36 PM

                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

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          Clinton RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 08:58 AM

          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.

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            Low Blood Sugar RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 11:27 AM

            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.

            1. westsidegal RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 11:56 AM

              i believe that musha is open to 11:30 monday through sat.
              they close earlier on sundays (i believe at 10:30)

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                bulavinaka RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 12:02 PM

                Izakaya Bincho is usually open until 10-1030PM but you'd have to call to confirm their hours as well as days that they are open. Poster westsidegal brought up their kinda quirky closed days schedule on another thread. What ever the case, they have exceptional izakaya items that most on this board have given praise to...

                1. mermy RE: Pezzy Jun 20, 2009 11:26 PM

                  Raku Raku Tonkatsu House on Sepulveda (cross street Western Ave) is open till 2 AM

                  BCD Tofu House closes at 11:30... it's also on Sepulveda but across the street from Raku Raku.

                  Hope this helps! :)

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                    Pezzy RE: mermy Jun 22, 2009 11:23 PM

                    Thanks. I've been to Raku Raku tonkatsu late. They changed the menu a few months ago, and I don't like it as much. Although I had some udon there not all that long ago, so...

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                      Feed_me RE: Pezzy Jun 23, 2009 01:40 AM

                      How about Azuma Izakaya on Western in Gardena? I think they're open until midnight on the weekend. I'd call though as I'm only guessing when they close, but I've eaten there pretty late during the weekend. Old school Japanese. When my friend first took me there we got menus in Japanese and he said, "darn....I forgot to ask for menus in English." The interior is dated, but the few things I've eaten there like mackrel in miso were pretty good and very inexpensive.

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                    annapurna7 RE: Pezzy Jun 23, 2009 08:42 AM

                    Diana's in Carson is open 24/7 if you ever get a late night hankering for a wet burrito and an Orange Bang.

                    Diana's La Bonita
                    300 E Sepulveda Blvd, Carson, CA 90745

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                      kainzero RE: Pezzy Jun 23, 2009 10:19 AM

                      Iccho (japanese izakaya) is open till 2AM, also in Rolling Hills Plaza.

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                        Pezzy RE: kainzero Jun 24, 2009 05:19 PM

                        Thanks for the reminder, I've eaten here before and was pretty satisfied. =)

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                        quine9 RE: Pezzy Jun 23, 2009 10:30 AM

                        Gyu Kaku (right across from In N Out) is open late (11pm Mon - Thurs, midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) They even have late night happy hour specials on food and drink.

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                          jimkremer67 RE: Pezzy Jun 26, 2009 04:43 PM

                          i've lived in the south bay for over 20 years, my only advice for late nite eats is you need to get out of the s. bay if you want to eat anything good after 9pm. there is nothing there!!

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                            bulavinaka RE: jimkremer67 Jun 26, 2009 07:12 PM

                            ??? Seems to be a decent list of recs above...

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                              Das Ubergeek RE: jimkremer67 Jun 26, 2009 11:15 PM

                              Funny how there's eighteen info-filled posts of "nothing" above.

                              I can confirm Musha's 11.30 -- we just came back from there.

                            2. charva RE: Pezzy Jun 27, 2009 07:57 PM

                              Dough Boy Doughnuts & Bagels - open 24 hrs, have the expected fare plus Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) , boba, breakfast burritos and cream puffs.
                              24200 Crenshaw Blvd

                              Ryo Zan Paku (Izakaya) - open til 1 AM Excellent and expansive menu.
                              2589 Pacific Coast Hwy

                              Taco Sinaloa - open 24 hrs - pretty darn great late night grub
                              1647 W Carson St

                              1. mermy RE: Pezzy Jul 7, 2009 12:52 AM

                                Just got back from Tea Station in Gardena. They close at 12:00 on most days but I think 1:00 during the weekend.

                                Granted, my experience there today was not a good one but might be worth trying anyways.

                                Teas were excellent but services sucks like there is no tomorrow!

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