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Sep 15, 2011 03:47 PM

MB Post

This place is great. It is a welcomed addition to the small-plates restaurant trend (Animal. Gjelina, A Frame, Waterloo, Picca and more) but I have to say, the portions are larger that most (if not all). (More like Waterloo in that regard). I came with a date, ordered five dishes - enjoyed all of them and couldn't finish the meal. The biscuits with cheddar and bacon - yum. A variety of accompaniments are available - I went with the honey (three kinds). Would repeat this. I

Asparagus with tarragon and poached egg. Kind of a deconstructed bernaise sauce. I'd get that again too.

"Fee fi fo fum fries" - big, thick crispy fries from unpeeled potatoes with ketchup and/or (2 choices) and a Moroccan dip. Would get again if I dip under my weight limit. Liked dipping it in the remains of the asparagus w/poached egg.

Sweet corn and polenta, fontina and (bacon?) - definitely getting this again.

Soy braised short ribs. Yum. Would get it again if someone else wanted it, but might try something else.

And skirt steak - again, would get it, but would likely try something else. Place is close but if you're flying solo this place has a lot of food that punches the munchie monkey-bone.

My only complaint would be too an emphasis on communal tables. I had to wait 30 minutes past my reservation - which would have been shorter if I was comfortable sitting at a communal table. I'm not. (but if I'm solo, I'd be grateful).

L.A. is lucky to have another gifted-chef-driven restaurant like this.

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  1. I think you forgot to include the name of the restaurant you did a nice review on.

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    1. re: SIMIHOUND

      i believe it's Manhattan Beach (MB) Post. apparently it's a name of a restaurant.

      1. re: NYCnowLA

        Here's the deets:

        Manhattan Beach Post
        1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        I believe they opened in April.

    2. Thanks for your post. I have been 3 times in the last 3 months. Each time it was better than the past visit. Small plates and excellent wine pairings. Best spot in the South Bay for this type of menu in y opinion. Its loud, fun and very busy.. Great energy..

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      1. re: Foodandwine

        We ate at MB Post 2 times when we were vacationing in MB this summer. Food rocked, service was great, Chef Dave is a super star! I can't wait to go back next time we are in town.

        1. re: ronam

          Yes, he is the same David LeFevre who was formerly head chef at Water Grill downtown LA when Michael Cimarusti left to open Providence.

      2. Went to M.B. Post for the first time and had an amazing meal. Started with the Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits and Fleur De Sel Pretzel with a side of their honey selections (comb/chestnut/ truffle). Some of my favorite dishes were Roasted Brussel sprouts with emmental, hazelnuts and sage. Asparagus and poached juidori egg with mushrooms. Roasted carrots with butterscotch. Grilled Moroccan BBQ lamb belly that melted in my mouth. Their sautéed wild king salmon was incredible,with it's crispy skin but still rare in the middle, maybe the best I've ever had. Ended the night perfectly with their bite sized in-house made Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with peaches, cornmeal streusel and macron almonds. Great service and no attitude at all. A wonderful meal and I even got a chance to thank the graicous chef himself. Highly recomended.

        Manhattan Beach Post
        1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        1. re: wienermobile

          I want to go this Saturday but there are no reservations. I was thinking of heading down there for an early dinner, getting there around the time they open to score a communal table.

          Has anyone else tried to do the same? How's the wait if you're there around 5?

          1. re: Jason_King

            I've had reservations and been sat at the communal table even, so I'm not sure how that works. You might have luck that early though, but best to call and check.

            1. re: TracyS

              I think you have a choice - if a spot comes up at the communal table and you have reservations, they'll ask if you'd like to sit there - or wait for a table.