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Jun 19, 2012 07:46 AM

New to south bay

Hi guys,
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!

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  1. 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.

    Welcome to Chowhound.

    10 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      Ooo! Where is lemonade opening up in MB?


      1. re: Dommy

        On Manhattan Beach Blvd. in the Metlox Center next to Petros. There will be an outdoor patio too. Signs are up and should open sometime this July. They will be a very welcome addition to Manhattan Beach.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Lemonade Manhattan Beach has just finally opened!

          1. re: wienermobile

            Lemonade Manhattan Beach
            451 Manhattan Beach Blvd
            Manhattan Beach, Ca. 90266

            1. re: wienermobile

              I am a big fan of FishBonz
              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.

              1. re: maudies5

                Another newish seafood spot is FishBar in Manhattan Beach. Kitchen is open till 11pm and 12am on Fridays and Saturday. They also do a lobster hash on their weekend brunch menu.

                3801 Highland Blvd. (at Rosecrans Blvd
                )Manhattan Beach, Ca. 90266

                1. re: wienermobile

                  I love love love! fishbar. everything Ive eaten has been solid and their blue cheese stuffed olive martinis and oysters are my favorite

        1. re: wienermobile

          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.

          1. re: davidrauch

            I second all your opinions....I feel the same way.

        2. Check out this recent thread:

          I myself just discovered I-naba for excellent soba and tempura.

          I'll add Yamadaya for ramen. Get the Yamadaya All Stars topping. You can ask for fresh garlic. There is no need to get kotteri (extra fat) broth.

          1. 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!

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            1. re: tenxtone76

              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!

              1. re: einav

                +1 for Open Sesame for Lebanese. I think two very fair priced places for seafood (where you won't have to worry about getting poisoned) would be Malibu Fish Grill (in Redondo Beach) and the California Fish Grill (in El Segundo).

                1. re: DrBruin

                  respectfully disagree re: open sesame.
                  not at all worthy, imho

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    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?

                    1. re: DrBruin

                      Tried House of Pita a few days ago. Excellent pita made on the spot. I would recommend the lamb kofta over the marinated chicken (the marinade did not stand out)

                2. re: einav

                  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.

                  1. re: einav

                    Re: pizzas, have you been to Pavich in Rancho PV? I think it's the best pizza in the South Bay.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      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.

                  2. re: tenxtone76

                    +5 to bruddahs. Get the butterfish if they have it.

                  3. 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.

                    1. Ocean Tava in Redondo Beach has excellent Indian food. Be sure to get spice level 5 if you enjoy very spicy food.