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sundeck sue Mar 12, 2012 08:01 AM

i'll be in la for one day. My route: LAX to Redondo Beach to Beverly Hills (by lunchtime) to LAX (early evening). Thoughts re restaurants on that geographic axis that have terrific food, nice places to sit and visit w/ friends, not too expensive, nice ambience. Could be California, Asian, Mexican, Jewish cuisine--someplace that locals go to and love!

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  1. absurdnerdbird Mar 12, 2012 08:28 AM

    Although not a local, I spent several days in Redondo Beach recently. Two places that we enjoyed: The Standing Room is a counter in the back of a liquor store, so takeout only, but we had excellent burgers, the non-burger items looked interesting and inexpensive. Thai Dishes on PCH, really good pad kee mow and papaya salad, probably the best I've had outside of Bangkok. Not much ambience at either place, though, more hole-in-the-wall.

    1. Servorg Mar 12, 2012 08:31 AM

      Midweek or a Saturday or a Sunday? It can make a difference as to what is open and when.

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        sundeck sue Mar 12, 2012 04:13 PM


      2. wienermobile Mar 12, 2012 07:15 PM

        Manhattan Beach Post. Great Small plates. Dinner only M-F. 3 miles from LAX. Nominated James Beard Best Chef and best New Restaurant of the year. Highly recommended.

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

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          Ciao Bob Mar 12, 2012 07:28 PM


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          sundeck sue Apr 12, 2012 05:26 PM

          I'm worrying (what I do!).

          Is Manhattan Beach Post quiet?

          What I didn't' specify above was that I'm looking for a place with great food--AND quiet enough for real conversation--that's not too far from LAX.

          Many thanks for any additional thoughts.

          1. westsidegal Apr 12, 2012 05:53 PM

            what do you mean when you say, "not too expensive?"
            MB Post can easily run $45/pp before tax, tip, and beverage.
            maybe i just eat a lot.

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              wienermobile Apr 12, 2012 06:06 PM

              westsidegal you are correct. MB Post will run you around $50 per person, but I think it's worth it. Maybe we both eat a lot.

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                sundeck sue Apr 12, 2012 09:55 PM

                that's fine, price-wise. but what can you tell me about the noise level?

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