New to south bay
We just moved to Manhattan Beach and are looking for mid priced to lower priced restaurants in the area. Lets say within 15 minute drive. You know, the places you go with the family when you don't want to cook dinner. We moved from NYC and are very adventurous eaters so anything goes (middle eastern, ramen, sushi, bbq etc etc). Just good food!
El Polla Inka in Lawndale Good Peruvian.
Mama D's in MB. Nice neighborhood Italian
Saigon Dish in Lawndale for neighborhood Vietnamase. The nicest owner and staff around.
Lemonade (opening soon) in MB for dozens of salads and great sandwiches.
Al Noor in Lawndale
for very good Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
Veggie Grill, The Counter and Sammy's Woodfire Pizza all in Plaza El Segundo.
Valentino's Pizza in MB for pizza home delivery.
Mottainai Ramen in Gardena is great. Flavor Bomb!
Big Wok Mongolian BBQ in MB is great for the kids.
Umami Burger in Hermosa.
The Kettle in MB, the area's 24 hour diner.
Havana Mania in Redondo Beach for good Cuban.
Houston's in MB for a steak that won't break the bank.
North End Cafe in MB and their great Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls.
For breakfast Original Pancake House in Redondo, Uncle Bill's Pancakes in Manhattan and Martha's 22nd St. Grill in Hermosa.
When you want to to spend a bit more Manhattan Beach Post and Petros both in MB are a real treat.
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I am a big fan of FishBonz http://www.fishbonzgrill.com
My son lives in the south bay and we always go there for lunch when we visit. Big + is they are next to AMC 20. Spend $7.50 and you can buy a ticket to AMC for $7.50.
The best thing is that the fish is very fresh and the prices are quite reasonable. Portions are large. I would love to see a FishBonz on the westside.
I was born in NYC (Manhattan) and lived there from 1964 until 1988. I have endlessly debated the whole NY Pizza thing with others, especially NYers (usually from the boroughs). There is great disagreement. But I prefer (STRONGLY) Paisano's (Hermosa) over Valentinos (MB). I would be interested to hear what einav has to say about that once both are sampled and compared. Pedones (Redondo location not the Hermosa one) is a close second.
Agree with Porthos about Yamadaya. I think that Yamadaya (Torrance location, not all the spinoffs in West LA and OC) is the best Ramen in LA and I work near Daikokuya in DTLA and would take Yamadaya in a heartbeat.
Al Noor is excellent. I prefer it over Al Watan down the street.
Pinkie's BBQ in Hermosa has excellent BBQ.
La Campagna in Hermosa Beach has excellent pasta (puts Mama D's and Fritto Misto -- both of which are lousy IMHO -- to shame) if you can get past the spotty service. Their Linguini Rustica is amazing stuff -- simple and perfect.
I was eating in the area for about a year. South Bay has some of the best Japanese food in Cali, and the US probably. It has the largest concentration of Japanese and Hawaiians. Bruddah's is a hole in the wall Hawaiian joint, and so is the restaurant at the bowling alley near Hustler Casino, Gardena Bowl?. King's Hawaiian has some great food and cakes (though my current favorite is ube/taro cake from Red Ribbon, a Philippino bakery). Musha is a cool izakaya - their cheese block risotto is famous. There are a few Shinsengumi Izakayas down there.
Long Beach had a Roscoe Chicken and Waffles soul food joint.
You are close to Ports o Call! Great culture and vibe there w seafood. Redondo has famous Korean restaurant w spicy seafood soups and crab!!
But my favorite South Bay spots are down home Aerican joints for the most part. Jongewaard's Bake n Broil in Long Beach. It's like a homier, tastier Marie Callenders. And check Omelette and Waffle is a great breakfast only joint in San Pedro. Eat well!
Thanks guys. This list is a great start. We tried Yamadaya and it was some of the best Ramen I've had. We've tried a few pizza places down here but think Lamonicas in Westwood it the best and worth the drive for us. We also liked Al Noor. We also liked all the breakfast options mentioned. I'm also supper excited about Lemonade. Great for easy dinners!
I have only been to their Long Beach locations and found the food to be good each time I went. I thought the wait was a bit much, and the ambiance at their smaller cafe to be noisy, but I enjoyed the food.. I've tried the various other "mediterranean" offerings in the South Bay (Sabra Mix, Petit Cafe, Poulet du Jour, Aristo, etc) and found it to be in the upper half of the offerings. I'd personally not my favorite place in all of LA. My next place I plan to try in the South Bay is House of Pita in the Redondo Riviera Village.
Any places you'd recommend for similar food, WSG?
If you are going to drive ALL THE WAY up to Westwood (where I lived from 88-90 after I moved from NYC and before I loved to the South Bay), don't go to Lamonica's. Go to 800 Degrees. No, it is not NY Style Pizza. It is better. It is true Neapolitan Pizza customized to your liking. Order it extra crispy (not an advertised option and still not really crispy but it will be charred at the edges) and get whatever toppings you like. But in my opinion, it is a really awesome pizza experience. My favorite is to start with the Margherita base, add carmelized onions, mushrooms, truffle cheese, bacon and arugula. Best $13 pizza in LA. Bar none. Don't forget extra crispy.
When the original location opened nearly four years ago on 24th and Alma, I was singing their praises and went there as often as I could. My in-laws lived 4 blocks away on 20th and Alma and thought Danny and his Pizzas were the best in the South Bay. But my inlaws passed away in the latter half of 2009 and I don't get down there as much. Having said that, I have to add that while I still enjoy the Pizzas at Pavich's, ever since the Pizzafe opened on Western in 2010, the quality has not been as high or as consistent as it was when the Alma location first opened in 2009 (or maybe it opened in 2008, but I discovered it in early 2009), and I no longer crave Pavich's the way I once did.
Would like to add Al Hamra Halal Cafe in Redondo Beach to these excellent suggestions.
Also, Chicken Maison in RB (Inglewood and MB Blvd.) has a $5 special - 1/4 chicken, garlic spread, pita, rice, and salad - that's hard to beat for the price.
Ocean Tava in Redondo Beach has excellent Indian food. Be sure to get spice level 5 if you enjoy very spicy food.
Oh, and Standing Room in RB (on Catalina, in the back of the Catalina Liquor) can be a fun burger option in the $9 range (+$5 or so for nori truffle parmesan/sweet potato fries, but they're large enough to share amongst 3 or 4), but there is very little seating outside, and you may want to call the order in ahead because there can be a long wait.
Because I like to recommend places no one else thinks of ...
Gardena Bowl has some really great and cheap Japanese-Hawaiian food.Great for breakfast.
Riviera Mexican Grill BUT I only get and recommend the Corona Beach Fish Tacos.
La Capilla for Mexican
Tacos El Gallito - Nice taco truck, great for late night eats in your car!
Mickey's Deli for the Chicken Parmigiano w/ Egg Plant Sandwich (not much seating here)
Paisano's for Pizza
In and Out Burgers
Low Rent Recommendation:
Steve's for Breakfast Burritos (I like the mixed ham/sausage/bacon with lots of katsup!) or Pastrami Sandwich - Warning: Super greasy and not Jewish Deli style (go to Canters for that!) - The Pastrami is a local favorite and may not translate well but I do enjoy one every couple of years for old times sake!
Great suggestions here. Weinermobile, as usual, has a lot of great suggestions. Also Porthos.
I will add some that have not been mentioned:
Eatalian in Gardena is a great one stop dining experience. Very good Neapolitan pizzas, with pastas that also serves good Italian pastries and gelato.
Teresa's Mosaic may be the best Mexican in the area
I like Tin Roof which also has a Suzie's cupcake place next door.
Big Mista serves up great BBQ on Saturdays at the Farmer's Market at Wilson Park in Torrance. Brisket and pork ribs are great.
Back Home Lahaina for Hawaiian fried chicken. Great fried rice.
Handel's Ice Cream in Redondo Beach. Try the cream pie flavors.
I will second the following:
Saigon Dish, best Vietnamese in the area.
Inaba for soba noodles and tempura
Pitfire Pizza will be opening in Manhattan Beach in the Metlox center by the end of this year.