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Moving to San Pedro/Rancho Palos Verdes - ISO....everything!

Hi everyone,

we're moving and want to know what is in San Pedro (besides ports o'call) and rancho palos verdes. I work in torrance but have not ventured out much, aside from fast food all we've seen is think prime. we move in 2 weeks.... would love any recs, italian, chinese, sushi, indian. anything!!!

thank you!!!

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  1. The Depot in downtown Torrance might very well be the best restaurant in the entire South Bay area. http://www.depotrestaurant.com/home.html. The building is an old train depot that has been restored and updated quite nicely and the food is really quite good across the board including excellent desserts. I go there for business meals quite a bit, and this is one of the rare places with a large menu and pretty much everything's good.

    1. How timely. I just got back from lunch at Pavich's Pizza. It's a Croatian owned place with specialties like cevapcici, Croatian sausages. But they're mainly known for their very thin crusted, brick oven pizzas.

      There's two locations, but within a few months, the original location in PV is closing. He's consolidating equipment at the San Pedro location, which is busier for him anyway. It's on Western Ave at Summerland Ave. Having a hard time googling this location.

      Here's some prior discussion of Pavich's

      And here's an extensive thread about lunch spots near Torrance. Welcome to my work neighborhood.

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        Professor You got the two places backwards the one we went to today was in RPV.

        Pavich's Brick Oven Pizza
        29701 S Western Ave #103, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Whoops. The one that's staying open is:

          29701 S Western Ave
          Ste 103
          Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
          (310) 832-1200

      2. Also, New York Deli, on Sepulveda between Crenshaw and Arlington, to my amazement and complete surprise, makes an excellent Matzo Ball soup and serves fantastic pastrami. It's in a mediocre strip mall and decor would not be considered one of it's strong points, but if you like this type of food, they're every bit as good as if not better than some of the Los Angeles delis.

        New York Deli
        2225 Sepulveda Blvd # 7, Torrance, CA

        1. La Espanola in Harbor City for great Spanish goodies and on Saturdays the do a paella feast, be sure to make reservations. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Isn't La Espanola just a Spanish market that serves up great food?

            1. re: Ogawak

              Yes, it's a market, not a restaurant. They only serve paella on Saturdays.

              1. re: Nicole

                I think that is what I said, did I say restaurant! If you clicked on the LAT story you would have read about Paella on Saturdays as I stated. They also do a few sandwiches during the week, I believe. They have some amazing goodies in the meat, cheese and deli section along with lots of imported jared stuff.

          2. I don't know restaurants in San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes, but I do know nearby Torrance and Lomita pretty well. Tons of great Japanese options in this area, many of which are mentioned in the thread Prof Salt posted. In Torrance, check out Musha for izakaya fare, Torihei for yakitori and oden, and Ramen California for a modern take on ramen. In Lomita, check out Patisserie Chantilly for Japanese-French pastries, Kotosh at Kamiyama for Japanese-Peruvian, and Miura for traditional sushi. I've heard good things about Il Chianti for Japanese-Italian but I haven't been yet.

            Patisserie Chantilly
            2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

            Il Chianti
            24503 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717

            1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

            Kotosh at Kamiyama
            2408 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

            1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

            Ramen California
            24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

            1. Haven't been for a while but when used to have to visit Pedro for work we liked Raffaello Ristorante for dinner.

              There is also Neil's Pasta and Seafood Grill. I think everyone likes Neils even if it isn't recognized by Chowhound. You can find the deets on Yelp.

              Raffaello Ristorante
              400 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

              1. South Torrance has a few great places. The Steak House serves fantastic Kobe style steaks from Kyushu. The other steak offerings aren't bad either.

                Handel's Ice Cream in South Torrance is maybe the best ice cream around.

                San Pedro has a nice edition of Porky's for BBQ and fried chicken, although I found the chicken a little greasy last time.

                I second Pavich for great Croatian pizza, but the San Pedro location is takeout only. Still, bake it on a pizza stone on high heat for a few minutes, it's fantastic.

                Lomita has Gaja Moc for probably the best okonomiyaki in the LA area. Nearby is Chantilly bakery.

                For greater variety, Professor Salt's link has many fine suggestions for the greater Torrance area. Your area will be quite limited for restaurant offerings.

                Gaja Moc
                2383 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

                The Steak House
                2933 Rolling Hills Rd, Torrance, CA 90505

                Handel's Ice Cream
                1882 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                1. I had some really great peach pie at Bake 'n Broil last summer. (But the much-touted chicken pot pie there did not impress me as much.)

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                  1. re: aching

                    I went to Bake N Broil last weekend and was completely underwhelmed by the CFS that is highly praised on this board. Only had a few bites and abandoned the whole shebang.
                    Then I drove and had a mediocre Chicago Dog (Vienna Beef HD) at Mustard's Hot Dogs between the 405 and Jongewaard's. Actually, it was probably better than mediocre, but I was so upset that I did not like the CFS at BnB that it must have affected my taste buds.
                    Later that evening I had a very nice meal at The Red Onion in Rolling Hills Estates on the PV Peninsula. The sweet corn tamale and rice knocked my socks off. Margarita was pretty bad, only drank half. Deep fried ice cream - the same as I remember from my childhood, as was the smell as soon as I walked into the restaurant. Memories!


                    Red Onion
                    736 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      BnB is not very good for lunch and dinner despite the fanboys on this site. If you're on Atlantic I'd recommend going a little farther to The Factory (and neither is very convenient to Pedro, BTW).

                      1. re: mlgb

                        the factory is looking closed these days, at least at lunchtime.

                        1. re: ajmojave

                          You are right, unfortunately only open from 5pm on and closed all day Monday. Bummer!

                          In that case I would head even farther up Atlantic into the hood for El Pollo Imperial at 60th.

                        2. re: mlgb

                          It's okay - neither are very convenient to me... I live in Arcadia. But driving for food has never been an issue for me! Thanks! ;-)

                        3. re: WildSwede

                          I'm telling you - the peach pie is where it's at!

                      2. Indian - on PCH there is Bombay Tandoori and Banquet. Love the lamb with spinach.
                        Simple Grilled Fish - I like Baja Fish Grill in Harbor City on PCH if I don't want to drive further down PCH to Redondo for Malibu Fish Grill.
                        Thai - Lomita Thai Cafe
                        Ice Cream - Handel's in Redondo Beach may be my favorite in the area.
                        Upscale - The Depot... my one issue is that they never seen to update their menu
                        Korean BBQ - The Yellow Cow in Gardena
                        Japanese (Yakiniku) BBQ - Gyu-Kaku in Torrance
                        Japanese (Teppanyaki) BBQ - Benihana (yes it's a chain but I enjoy it)
                        Italian - Gaetano's in Torrance
                        Mongolian BBQ - Mongol King in Torrance
                        Mexican- American - Riviera Mexican Grill in Redondo Beach
                        Upscale Mexican - Ortega 120 in Redondo
                        Healthy diner - Good Stuff in Redondo
                        Persian - Seaside Palace in Torrance
                        Gastropub - Chez Melange in Redondo

                        Seaside Palace Restaurant
                        3720 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                        Mongolian BBQ
                        317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                        Yellow Cow
                        1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                        Malibu Fish Grill
                        725 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                        Riviera Mexican Grill
                        1615 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                        Ortega 120
                        Redondo Beach, CA, Redondo Beach, CA

                        Lomita Thai Cafe
                        1733 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA 90717

                        Gaetano's Restaurant
                        2731 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

                        Chez Melange
                        1716 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                        Baja Fish Grill
                        1605 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 105, Harbor City, CA 90710

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                        1. re: DrBruin

                          While you now have some places to at least try, be aware that you are probably in the nexus of culinary wasteland of LA County.

                        2. New York Deli - Having lived in NYC, this is actually a pretty good imitation of an old-school New York Jewish Deli. Liked the chopped liver sandwiches here, egg salad sandwich also.

                          Bombay Tandoori - Solid Indian lunch buffet, and their dinner is even better. Try the lamb boti (basically, boneless lamb chops), or Rogan Josh (also quite good).

                          Korean - Cho Dang - One of the best, if not the best, Korean tofu/bbq spots in the South Bay.

                          El Burrito Jr - Get the chicken or beef burrito (the one with the lettuce, salsa, sour cream etc). Enough said, you'll love it.

                          Al Watan - Best Indian/Pakistani food in Los Angeles (just see Yelp, 4.5 stars), hands down delicious. A bit of a trek since it's in Lawndale, but well worth the drive.

                          Al Watan
                          13619 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

                          New York Deli
                          2225 Sepulveda Blvd # 7, Torrance, CA

                          1. Thank you soooo much everyone! we cant wait to try them all!!!!!

                            1. For pretty decent gastropub fare check out Bouzy/ Chez Melange (1611 S. Catalina) and Hudson House (514 N. PCH) in Redondo Beach, they won't blow your mind but it has atmosphere and good food. For some really good take out you have to try The Standing Room (144 N. Catalina) also in Redondo Beach. They have a really eclectic menu and the food is really gourmet but the prices are crazy low. Sous Vide food in a liquor store, 'nuff said. Handel's (1882 S. PCH) for ice cream for sure, try the Banana Cream Crunch and the Strawberry Cheesecake. Restaurant Christine (24530 Hawthorne Blvd)is nice for a date or a get together if you're in Torrance, its actually not too far from San Pedro. For some Korean BBQ in Lomita, I like Mugaboka (2271 Lomita Ave.) for the AYCE selections. Enjoy!

                              Restaurant Christine
                              24530 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

                              Chez Melange
                              1716 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                              2271 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

                              1. For Mexican fast food Pronto's Fresh Mexican Grill is pretty good. Everything is made from scratch. They're open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Never had breakfast, but they look pretty good(pictures of some items on display).
                                http://www.prontosmexgrill.com/Pronto... Fresh Mexican Grill
                                2420 S. Western Ave.
                                San Pedro, CA 90732

                                1. I live in San Pedro and while you've gotten some great rec's so far, I'll give you some additional local option.
                                  Breakfast- Rex's Cafe is awesome Small place, amazing food, fast service so even if there is a wait, it will go quickly. Serves breakfast and lunch everyday.
                                  Lunch- Think Bistro- There are 3 "Think's" in town. You noted the steak house but this one is a more casual relaxed atmosphere with crazy reasonable prices for some delish food. Great breakfast lunch and dinner

                                  -Pronto's- I'll second Pronto's. Their mexican food is fresh, grilled and second to none in town. Guac is awesome and huge menus. We usually do take out but you can eat in as well. Awesome breakfast lunch and dinner for a steal.
                                  -Nosh Cafe- Only open on weekdays for lunch and breakfast....different amazing quiches, salads, sandwiches made fresh daily. Very special and yummy.
                                  -Baja Fish- SMall super casual place....we usually take out from there but great prices on fresh grilled fish
                                  -The Depot and Christine's- Although not in Pedro, a super short drive for 2 of our favorite "date night" places around. Delish. We lean more toward Christines.
                                  -Nazzelle- AMAZING Lebanese food. Seriously, we do take out here once a week. I've never eaten better food out of a styrofoam container. Amazing Chicken Schwarma, Kabobs, and the Garlic sauce is to die for. Simple and done PERFECTLY. You wont be disappointed.

                                  Think Bistro
                                  1420 W 25th St, San Pedro, CA 90732