DC Chowhound in Redondo Beach
Hi all, I'm going to be in Redondo Beach Sat and Sun and since I have no idea what the area is like, I'm coming for advice from my chowhounds.
I'm staying at the Redondo Beach Marina Best Western, anything close by...looking for local and divey as opposed to dressy and expensive. Up for anything really.
One of my favorite places in Redondo Beach is Quality Seafood. It is basically a seafood market, where you can pick out lobsters, crabs, fish, and they steam it, fry it, grill it. Then you go out to the benches, wooden mallet in hand and start pounding and stuffing your face, alternately swigging cheap cold beer.
If you're looking for local, divey spots, you are perfectly located, half-way between King Harbor and Hermosa Beach.
Elmomonster points out Quality Seafood---downstairs at King Harbor Pier, great people watching, good seafood eats. Just down the row is Naja's which, in my mind, is about as local/divey as R.B. gets. Lots of beers on draught, bar food, live music in the afternoons.
A walk around the pier will give you tons of options. There are large (no-local-color) chain restaurants, like Kincaids, and small food stands.
In the other direction (north), walk up to Hermosa Beach. You'll find several places on Hermosa Avenue as you get closer to Pier Avenue, and lots of bars and restaurants on Pier Avenue. I don't know if the Mermaid is still on the beach, but that's divey from way back.
You have lots of options for the local scene; I think you'll know what you're looking for when you see it. Have fun.
Good beer selection but dinner only -
1981 ARTESIA BLVD
Quality Seafood is fun
QUALITY SEA FOOD RESTAURANT
130 S INTERNATIONAL BDWK
I haven't been here but I've heard it's ok - you takes your chances
SAMBA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
207 N HARBOR DR
If you haven't been to hawaii (or have been) and would like to try a plate lunch, check out this website and look at the "south bay" section for ideas. Mostly redondo but also adjoining communities.
Sounds like a postmodern chow if I've seen one. Here are your casual, local, divey places (andsome that serve beer.
1. Henessey's Tavern: there is one in Redondo (Riviera Village) and one in Hermosa. In Hermosa, you can eat on the outdoor balcony facing the ocean. Good pub food (and good breakfast, too). Standard beer on tap, but you can get a Black & Tan.
2. Redondo Beach Brewing Co: also in Redondo's Riviera Village. Some of the best micro-brew around - the Hefeweizen, Blonde, and Rat Beach Red are quite good. For food, get the Southwest Penne Pasta, the Hickory Burger, or the Fried Chicken Salad. The fried mushrooms app is also tasty.
3. Someone already mentioned Joe's for breakfast. That is a Redondo must-do for breakfast. Get the John Wayne Special or the Joe's Special...and buy a coffee mug!
4. Good pizza at Pedone's in Riviera Village - buy it by the slice.
5. Good Stuff - located in Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach...local to the south bay. Not a dive, but very local and easy on the pockets. They do breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chili verde is quite good. So is the Monte Cristo.
6. LBJ (El Burrito Jr.) - on PCH in Redondo, just south of Knob Hill. This is walk-up window, divey, local Mexican food. It is NOT authentic Mexican, but they make big, cheap burritos and that's what people like. Get it to go or eat on the patio.
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