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Nov 9, 2004 03:51 PM

DC Chowhound in Redondo Beach

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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.


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  1. 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.



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    1. re: elmomonster

      I'll second that recommendation.
      The only drawback, one to be aware of before you go, is that the tables are covered with bird dung. I mean it's discusting. You need to cover the seat and the table with alot of newspapers, which they kindly provide at no cost.

      1. re: elmomonster

        sounds good...

        also looking for a place I can eat good food and also spend the afternoon drinking beer.

        1. re: Tweaked

          Or you can try Captain Kidds located between the Redondo Beach Pier and Ruby's. Same owners as Quality Seafood.

      2. 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.

        1. Joe's on PCH. Cross street is Carnelian (I think). Great neighborhood breakfast place. Always long lines on weekends. The Chicken fried steak is very good.

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          1. re: martyR

   is all good baby!

          2. Good beer selection but dinner only -
            CZECH POINT
            1981 ARTESIA BLVD
            REDONDO BEACH

            Quality Seafood is fun
            130 S INTERNATIONAL BDWK
            REDONDO BEACH

            I haven't been here but I've heard it's ok - you takes your chances
            207 N HARBOR DR
            REDONDO BEACH

            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.


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            1. re: Jerome

              Samba is closed for some time now...

              1. re: Foodandwine

                I just noticed the date of this post after I sent my entry... Nov., 2004...

            2. 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.

              If you want more ideas or have questions, you can get me at: