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Seeking EL SEGUNDO restaurants for dinner w/ east coaster

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natsuye Jan 20, 2010 11:05 AM

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. Servorg RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 12:54 PM

    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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      natsuye RE: Servorg Jan 20, 2010 01:17 PM

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

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        Servorg RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 01:32 PM

        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

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          mollyomormon RE: Servorg Jan 20, 2010 02:12 PM

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

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          spicy_tofu RE: natsuye Jan 21, 2010 01:11 PM

          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. wienermobile RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 01:10 PM

        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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          natsuye RE: wienermobile Jan 20, 2010 01:18 PM

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

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            wienermobile RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 01:21 PM

            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.

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              Capybara RE: wienermobile Jan 20, 2010 02:27 PM

              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.)

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                wienermobile RE: Capybara Jan 20, 2010 02:37 PM

                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.

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          Capybara RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 02:25 PM

          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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            westsidegal RE: Capybara Jan 20, 2010 11:16 PM

            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.

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              Bradbury RE: Capybara Jan 21, 2010 07:28 PM

              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.

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              Ogawak RE: natsuye Jan 20, 2010 03:29 PM

              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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                mdlb RE: Ogawak Jan 20, 2010 07:41 PM

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

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                  Nicole RE: Ogawak Jan 20, 2010 08:57 PM

                  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.

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                    Ogawak RE: Nicole Jan 21, 2010 08:44 AM

                    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.

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                      Nicole RE: Ogawak Jan 21, 2010 11:02 AM

                      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.

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                      heinous RE: Nicole Jan 23, 2010 12:37 PM

                      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.

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