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Seeking EL SEGUNDO restaurants for dinner w/ east coaster

Been to a few- also to places in MB and MDR (i know all the spots).... any suggestions for new places or places that are above good in El Segundo area? thanks!

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  1. I take it you've been to http://www.paulmartinsamericanbistro.... since you seem very up on El Segundo spots? Are you only looking for nicer places or would more dive like, Asian or Mexican or Middle Eastern/Pakistani/Indian food be of interest?

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    Paul Martin's American Bistro
    2361 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 180, El Segundo, CA 90245

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    1. re: Servorg

      Yes- not super impressed with their food. Thinking American comfort food- maybe Second City Bistro?

      1. re: natsuye

        Is your friend a "dyed in the wool" hound? if so how about someplace like Al Watan Halal Restaurant over on Inglewood Ave. in Hawthorne?

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        Al Watan
        13619 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

        1. re: Servorg

          Yum. Not much atmosphere, but that beef nihari would be great on a day like today.

        2. re: natsuye

          2nd City is aight. Wouldn't say it is much better than average though.

          Salt Creek Grille - for Americana
          Fleming's is aight (bit pricey).

          Is there a target $$$ figure?

      2. I really like Teresa's Mosaic Cafe for good Sonorna and Oaxacan Mexican dishes with great handmade tortillas.

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        Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
        150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste G, El Segundo, CA 90245

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Thanks! i have never heard of this. is it a sit down atmosphere?

          1. re: natsuye

            Yes, it's a small very nice sit down in a strip mall with full bar and really good food. They tend to be very busy at lunch and on the quite side at dinner. The pork dishes are the my favorite.

            1. re: wienermobile

              I often wondered if this is good. I'll have to give it a try. (I always had cognitive dissonance, expecting Middle Eastern food because of the "mosiac" in the name, and then realizing it is Mexican. Silly, I know.)

              1. re: Capybara

                My favorite dish at Teresa's is the Lomo Adobado
                Oaxacan-style, pork loin marinated in red spices. Served with calabacitas con queso (Sonoran-style squash, corn, tomatoes, onions and cheese) and black beans & hot handmade tortillas.

        2. I wouldn't call it a destination restaurant, but I've liked the meals I've had at The Farm Stand on Main in El Segundo.

          http://www.farmstand.us/

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          1. re: Capybara

            would definitely not consider the farm stand a destination restaurant.

            to me, it offers meh, low-common-denominator, food.
            its' the place that was chosen by a number of my friends for the parties they gave to celebrate their kids' graduation from high school.
            it's not a place that they chose to go to when they want an adult meal with good food.

            1. re: Capybara

              Farm Stand *can* be good, but in my experience has big consistency problems. On one recent visit the Urban Lamb Shank (in a fesenjon-like walnut/pomegranate sauce) was lick-your-plate outstanding, and the mashed potatoes and grilled veggies on the side perfectly done. The second time it was almost inedible, the potatoes over-peppered, and the veggies cooked to leather. Colleagues of mine have reported similar experiences.

            2. Have you tried Tin Roof Bistro? We went for sandwiches on Saturday. My hamburger was nice and juicy. Wife had a short rib sandwich that was amazing. It's her favorite place in El Segundo. After one try, I'd like to try one of the wood fire pizzas next. It's certainly among the better places in El Segundo/MB.

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              1. re: Ogawak

                Agree with Tin Roof Bistro recommendation. Very good, and yes, one of the better places in the area.

                1. re: Ogawak

                  Agreed. Tin Roof Bistro is my current favorite in the area, and it fits the OP's request for American comfort food. Ogawak, the pizza with bacon, figs, and balsamic is very good.

                  1. re: Nicole

                    Thanks for the rec. I have heard good things about that pizza as well. It's certainly on my list of things to try. Since it's my wife's favorite place in El Segundo (She works here), we will be back.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      Another option is to get the pizza to go. They don't advertise take-out, but they do it. If your wife calls ahead they will have pizza ready in 10 min and she can pick some up on her way home from work.

                    2. re: Nicole

                      I work in ES also, and Tin Roof is one of the best around. Also try the curried spinach dip. It's not your typical cheesy spinach dip - it's closer to an Indian spinach dish, very flavorful. And the flatbread they serve it with pairs nicely.