NY Hound moving to El Segundo-Suggestions Plz
Moving to El Segundo in April, looking to start whetting my appetite. I have resigned myself to the fact that i can no longer walk to 25 different restaurants within 8 blocks, but I am very excited for real burritos and everything else LA has to offer. I am just starting to get a hang of the local neighborhoods (love google earth). Would love to hear suggestions of non-chain places within a 10-15 mile radius.
I have read of the numerous farmer's markets, are there any in my hood?
Thanks in advance, look forward to joining you soon.
RonS - I'm originally from queens been in LA for almost 7 years. It took me a while to acclimate to the great food culture in LA, albeit very spreadout and much different than NY. Besides Mexican I think LA also has the best sushi (all over), Korean (Koreatown), Chinese (San Gabriel Valley) and Mexican. The things I still miss about NY are pizza, bagels, proximity to great restaurants and all the neighborhood Italian places in lower east side.
Near El Segundo I would recommend the Hummus Factory in downtown. Its in the strip mall with a laundromat and Rite Aid. You should also check out Havana sandwich company off Main St that makes good cubano sandwiches and plantains. I'm also hearing some unbelievable things about the new Whole Foods on Sepulveda. My friends drive from Brentwood to that Whole Foods.
You Can't beat Rinaldi's for subs.
I like the Super Delux Burrito at El Tarasco near the US Post Office. I prefer this one more than the one on Main Street and the one in Westchester on Sepulveda. You may try the Junior Super Delux Burrito, still quite large.
NOTE: The default is ground beef, but pop the buck for Asada or Carnitas.
Their Super Tostada is also quite good with the optional choice of meat.
Yes! Second City is very good - go for the wine tasting evenings on Monday nights. Very good modern American food, decent steaks, excellent service.
The odd little prize in town is Papillon, a Filipino and vegetarian restaurant. I've had some exceptional meals there... Hmmm, about time I visited again, now that I think of it...
For other starters in El Segundo try:
Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Sub, 507 Main St.
Chicken Dijon, 251 Main St.(middle east style roast chicken, a la Zankou)
Havana Sandwich Company, 229 Main St. (cubanos)
Big John's Village Cafe, 514 Center St. (great breakfasts)
If you haven't already, check out Chris Cognac's site culinarydetective.com for many more tips on South Bay area restaurants.
Happy eating, Mike
I used to work in the area.
For lunch, Rinaldi's sandwiches(on Main in downtown El Segundo) and Wahoo's mexican down in Manhattan Beach are grub and are very casual. A little more upscale is Reed's in the large shopping center just south of Rosecrans on Sepulveda.
Most nice restaurants are on the main strip in Manhattan Beach/Hermosa/Redondo.
For anybody looking for a good restaurant in or around the LAX area (which El Segundo is), I can not recommend this little restaurant enough. Kanpai Sushi on Lincoln Blvd just south of Manchester Ave. It is simply the best food I have had in a long time. A different flair than traditional sushi restuarants. Suggestion . . . try the non-traditional menu items. They have a fantastic dish called Spicy Tuna Bites, they also serve an albacore sashimi with a citrus/oil drizzle and fried onions on top. The Ono sushi is to DIE FOR!!! We have never ordered from the menu, but let our server, Peter, order for us. Tell him your "adventuorus scale" and he will tailor an amazing dinner to suit your taste. Price is not cheap but definitely less than Sushi Roku or the trendier sushi restaurants. It is a rare gem of a restaurant. Only 12 tables, small sushi bar, cool contemporary decor in the middle of a town NOT known for outstanding restaurants. Hope you try it and enjoy as much as the many of us who go there do.
Here is a web link to a Farmers Market in your backyard in El Segundo, (which is hopefully still current information). This link should also show you a lot of other FM's in the greater LA area.
There is also one in Hermosa Beach on Valley Dr. between 8th and 10th streets every Friday between noon and 4 p.m.
BTW, rating LA by El Segundo is like rating New York by Tottenville. It's kind of a backwater. BUT lots of fun things nearby. Manhattan Beach, Torrance - lots of Hawaiian immigration so saimin, spam musubi, plate lunches, laulau etc. all there. In Carson, you can get balut at the farmers market.
My fave brew pub around is Manhattan Beach Brewing Company on Manhattan Beach Blvd. The beer is wonderful. The Bar snax are some of the best - they used to make an "armadillo egg" that was fantastic.
Gardena has some of the best Japanese food in america, from a tempura bar where one goes omakase, to a premiere sushi bar, Tsukiji, the stands around the Mitsuwa market within the marketplace, a soba restaurant with highest grade white soba, etc.
Quality seafood at the pier in Redondo Beach has great fresh seafood for purchase and consumption onsite - incl local pacific spiny lobster and on occasion, live sea urchin.
For a hoot and some fun, go for drinks at Encounter restaurant at LAX. Within 15 minutes of you, in Marina Del Rey (go up the beach road to Culver to lincoln, it's faster) there's Antica Pizzera (la vera) which makes pizze unlike those in New YOrk or Milan or Rome, but as in Naples, burnt crisp edges, not wafer thin on the crust - try the margherita and see something new.
Welcome to the SouthBay adjacent, or as the LA Times once described El Segundo, the last Midwestern town in Southern California.
yeah, it does feel like middle america along main street.
Oringal rinaldi's is excellent, and there doesn't seem to be any line, a real neighborhood deli, and the hood is lucky to have it.
also, in nearby torrance, not that close is flossie's for some of the best meats and threes in LA area, better than anywhere else. fried chicken, mac n cheese, candied yams, turnip or collard greens, sweet tea, and a nice banana pudding or caraemel cake for dessert, can't beat that.
Having grown up in El Segundo, it was always referred to as Mayberry, and back then rightfully so.
However, today, it is starting to look like an inland version of Manhattan Beach, with houses starting around $800,000.
The Main St. area is quite localized as the town will always be small, and thus the places recommended are about the extent of the immediate dining scene.
Up on Sepulveda, a few restaurants of the chain variety exist for the office building employees and the travelers through the city.
Rosecrans Avenue at the southern boundary, just around 2 long blocks east of Sepulveda, you have some of the usual large chains, yet you also get a Houston's and the Bristol Farms grocery store, which has a great take-out section.
Downtown Manhattan Beach has some good places, including Michi, Cafe Pierre, Avenue, the MB brewing company Jerome referred to, Petros, the new Greek restaurant in that same area, and on Highland Avenue some of the best breakfast and lunch places in the entire South Bay.
And you are really close to the beach with those just listed.
Another mentioned Reed's in the center on Sepulveda south of Rosecrans but more closely to just north of Marine, meaning Ralphs market adjacent. However, don't get lost or you might end up in the nearly adjacent Olive Garden!!!