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Oct 1, 2010 08:40 AM

Healthy, Delicious Dining for a solo traveler in Manhattan Beach?

I'll be staying for several days in Manhattan Beach on business, and I'm looking for some good options so I don't have to resort to California Pizza Kitchen. Preference for asian cuisines or middle eastern/ Mediterranean, but anything yummy will do.

I've tried searching the board, but have mostly found threads about what a culinary wasteland Manhattan Beach is.

Surely it's not that bad? I'm just looking for one or two good spots to get takeout from, or enjoy while reading a book. I'd be willing to drive a little if that's what it takes.

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  1. Petros for very good greek food.

    Petros Restaurant
    451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Recently had the Karpouzi salad, with fresh watermelon, tomato and feta, drizzled with honey. The honey was an unexpected pleasure as it perfectly offset the light acidity of the watermelon.

      The dip combo was also pretty good, although I liked some more than others. The Kafteri was my favorite. The Tzatiki with cucumber burned the inside of my mouth for some reason. I'm not sure what was in there.

      1. Good coffee shop-diner type food at the 24 hour The Kettle in Manhattan Beach.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          respectfully disagree,
          imho, most of the food served at the kettle is fair, not good.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Strong second for the Kettle. An upscale coffee shop with some excellent breakfast fare. I try to get down here every couple of months for their outstanding eggs and stuffed French toast (pain perdu) consisting of 2 eggs, sausage or bacon, breakfast potatoes and French toast stuffed with cream cheese and orange marmalade. I love the Kettle.

            1. re: Servorg

              Stumbled upon the 38th Annual Manhattan Beach Home Town Fair this morning. Looks like a pretty darn big event as I pedaled through the middle of it on N. Valley Dr. near 15th Street. See this link for food and drink related information (including a beer garden...mmmm beer):

          2. For good udon and soba you might like Taiko, right next door to Manhattan Beach in El Segundo.
            2041 Rosecrans Ave
            El Segundo, CA 90245

            Taiko Restaurant
            2041 Rosecrans Ave Ste 190, El Segundo, CA 90245

            1. North End Cafe- as seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is good for breakfast and lunch.

              North End Cafe
              3713 Highland Ave Ste 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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              1. re: wienermobile

                I really like North End as well. They definitely have healthy options and some pretty delicious food.