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Jun 10, 2012 03:43 PM

Torrance Area Restaurants

Hi, I am coming with my family for a week to Torrance on holiday from New Zealand and would like some recommendations for restaurants to eat at aaround Torrance or nearby.

Places for Breakfast- deli or diner style
Best Sushi places
Best burgers
Best BBQ
Best Mexican
Are there any good Yum Cha restaurants?

and any other good value for money restaurnats

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  1. Best Breakfast Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach. I love their thin and chewy 49'er flapjacks. Always a wait on weekends but worth it so go early.

    1756 South Pacific Coast Hwy.
    Redondo Beach, California 90277

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks for the great recommendations- can you recommend a place to go that is like the old American diners (50's style) with the big counter and booths? We will have a vehicle so getting to places wont be a problem.

      1. re: brucelee67

        You would love Pann's. Original and Right out of the 50's not a reproduction. 5 minutes from LAX. Great food too.
        6710 LaTijera Blvd.
        Los Angeles, CA 90045

        1. re: brucelee67

          For an old diner style vibe and closer to Torrance is the Redondo Beach Cafe and up in Manhattan Beach you have a couple of great places, Uncle Bill's Pancake House and The Kettle (24/7) and in Hermosa Beach you have Martha's 22nd St. Grill

            1. re: mrshankly

              I've never had a bad breakfast at Eat at Joe's on PCH in Redondo -- and it's not just a 50s diner vibe, it is a 50s diner.

        2. re: wienermobile

          Recommendations on a good seafood place serving crab in the South Bay area?

          1. re: brucelee67

            Very very casual under the pier in Redondo Beach try Quality Seafood. Everything is very fresh.

            No crab but wonderful Mexican seafood at Coni's Seafood.
            Their pescado zarandeado is one of the best dishes in LA.
            3544 W Imperial Hwy
            Inglewood, CA 90303

            1. re: wienermobile

              +1 for Quality Seafood. When the weather is nice, it's great to pick out a nice dungeness crab, have them steam it, rent a mallet, buy some melted butter, and eat it on some foreign language newspaper.

          2. re: wienermobile

            Any recs on a good donut place in Torrance area?

            1. re: brucelee67

              i like donut den on pch and anza because it's close to home, always fresh, and never greasy.

          3. For great cheap Mexican food try El Burrito Jr. Very tasty bean and cheese burritos. Giant portions.
            21141 Hawthorne Blvd
            Torrance, CA 90503

            You can't go wrong for burgers at In n' Out Burger. Try a double double animal style.
            20150 Hawthorne Blvd.
            Torrance, Ca.

            El Pollo Inka in Lawndale for some Peruvian Cusine, (there is one closer in Torrance but they don't use wood to roast their chicken like the Lawndale location does).
            15400 Hawthorne Blvd.
            Lawndale, CA 90260

            Very good Pakistani and Indian food at Al Noor also in next door Lawndale.
            15112 Inglewood Ave
            Lawndale Ca. 90260

            Good homemade Cuban cusine at Havana Mania in Redondo Beach.
            3615 Inglewood Avenue.
            Redondo Beach, Ca. 90278

            Ok chain BBQ at Lucille's in Del Amo Mall.
            Del Amo Fashion Center
            21420 Hawthorne Blvd.
            Torrance, CA 90503

            1. In addition to Original Pancake House, there is also Uncle Bill's (similar concept); however, both can get quite busy so be prepared for lines. Near the airport, you might enjoy Pann's (as much for the 1950's Googie architecture as the food).

              Not sure about sushi in that area but lots of other great Japanese, including Torihei (particularly notable for oden and robata items but also an izakaya), Musha (izakaya), Izakaya Bincho (recently restored its bincho cooking), Yamadaya (ramen), Mottainai (ramen).

              For yum cha, the only decent choice in that area is Sea Empress in Gardena--I would highly recommend traveling the extra half hour to the San Gabriel Valley for far better dim sum such as Elite, Sea Harbour, Lunasia or King Hua.

              In terms of bbq, Bludso's in Compton is not too far but, on Saturday's, the excellent Big Mista comes to the Torrance Farmer's Market from 8am - 1pm.

              If you like Mexican seafood, you should check out Coni's Seafood (fka Mariscos Chentes) in Inglewood.

              As to burgers, the Buffalo Fire Department in Torrance is good and there are branches of the well-regarded chains In-N-Out, the Counter and the Habit in Torrance as well.

              Just up the Coast in Manhattan Beach are the excellent Manhattan Beach Post (small plates of inventive food designed for sharing) and Petros (upscale Greek).

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              1. re: New Trial

                there were a number of families with children at Manhattan Beach Post's Sunday brunch yesterday and the food is so satisfying that I think that I consider it "a good value for money" is definitely a place that I would recommend to out of town visitors who were based in the South Bay

                1. re: foufou

                  just to put a dollar number on mb post:
                  for food ONLY before tax (over 9%) and tip (about 20%), we've never gotten out of MB Post for less than $45 u.s. dollars per person.
                  including tax and tip it runs us $60 per person drinking only water,
                  with beverages, it would cost more.

              2. The posters responding to your post imho have made some excellent recs. I don't know if Peruvian cuisine has any presence in NZ, but if not, give it a whirl. Two more recs for Peruvian cuisine would be El Rocoto on Artesia in Gardena, and Kotosh on Lomita in Lomita.



                Coni'seafood/Mariscos Chente is definitely not on the NZ food map and well worth the visit:


                Burgers can go in a lot of directions. If you're sticking close to the South Bay, places, The Counter and Islands are common places to go for sit-down service along with beer/wine/drinks. Their menus are centered around burgers, but imho they're not the best. However, I think kids will find them fun. Poster wienermobile already mentioned In N Out - they're the best burger for your money - the fries (chips) are debatable. The Habit is in the same general price range and I find their fries to be more to my liking. Poster New Trial mentioned Buffalo Fire Dept for burgers. I haven't been but have heard very good things about them. My favorite burger in the South Bay area is at Second City Bistro in El Segundo. It's a 1/2-pound patty of fresh ground beef cooked to order. The portions in general here are generous, they have one of the better wine lists in the South Bay and does a nice rack of lamb as well if you're missing such things...


                1. All good recs by the posters. I personally like Islands for burgers cooked to order on PCH and Crenshaw. For Japanese, I like Azuma's on 162nd and Western, Korean, BCD Tofu on Sepulveda near Western Ave., Dim sum, Sea Empress on Redondo Beach Blvd in the Pacific Square, Italian, Lomeli's on Redondo Beach and Van Ness, Mexican, Burnt Tortilla on Redondo Beach and Western, Peruvian, El Pollo Inka on Hawthorne near Lomita Blvd., etc.