Beach April 2016


April 14, 2016

ume 46, Issue 37

Crazy Ex-Mustang


Best of the Beach 2016

Dining and Entertainment

South Bay Kids Camp Guide

South Bay Home and Garden Guide

Join us

Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 am


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April 14, 2016

Volume 46, Issue 37


Best of the Beach 2016

Entertainer honors goes by

acclamation to Mira Costa

High School graduate

Rachel Bloom (class of

2005). Bloom’s other honors

this year include a Golden

Globe Award for Best

Actress in a musical or

comedy series. The Manhattan

Beach native is the star

and co-creator of “Crazy

Ex-Girlfriend,” a CW cable

comedy about an East

Coast attorney who moves

west, to West Covina, in

search of happiness.

Photo by Smallz & Raskind


14 Crazy ex-Mustang by Ryan McDonald

Rachel Bloom dishes on West Coast - East Coast angst and finding the

perfect fit.

27 2016 Best of the Beach Dining & Entertainment

by Richard Foss, Mark McDermott, David Mendez & Ed Solt

Drinks, dinners, places and people. What our readers think the best of.


8 Beach calendar

19 South Bay Kids Camp Guide

55 Adrienne’s Search for a Cure

56 South Bay Home & Garden Guide

59 Service Directory


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David Mendez, Caroline

Anderson and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ray Vidal and Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Adrienne Slaughter, Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg and Shelley Crawford


Staake,, FRONT DESK Judy Rae, INTERNS Sean Carroll

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Thursday, April 14

The Hermosa Beach Historical

Museum’s Happy Hour

presents Alex Areyan, author

of “Beach Mexican” and “Mexican

Americans in Redondo

Beach and Hermosa Beach.” 6

to 8 p.m. Light appetizers and

drinks provided by La Playita

Mexican Café and King Harbor

Brewing Company. Free for

HBHS Members, Non-members

$10. Join or renew at the

door. A full calendar of upcoming

Happy Hour with History

events can be found at

. Guests can RSVP to hermosabeachmuseumRSVP@gm or leave a message at

(310) 318-9421.



Saturday, April 16

The Hermosa Beach Friends

of the Parks presents Pets in

the Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1

p.m. $10 per family includes

a reusable bag filled with pet

samples and coupons. Open to

all South Bay residents. Valley

Park, 2521 Valley Drive, Hermosa

Beach. Face painting,

dog and cat adoptions, on site

mobile vet, raffle, free samples

and more. Learn more about

Friends of the Parks at (310) 913-4164.



42ND ST., MB

Saturday, April 16

Surf Concepts and the South

Bay Boardriders Club contests

at 42nd Street in Manhattan

Beach will attract nearly 200

surfers, from groms to legends.

Open to club members and

non club members. Register at



Saturday, April 16

David DeCandia, director of

tea for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

discusses his work at the Toyota

Auto Museum. The afternoon

includes tea tastings,

food and a silent auction. $25.

The talk is hosted by the Torrance

AAUW. 1:30 to 4 p.m.

19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance.

RSVP at aauwtorrance@gmail

or (310)



1309 BARD, HB

Saturday, April 16

Hermosa Beach Friends of

the Library book sale offers

bargain price books from 9

a.m. ‘til noon. Hermosa FOL

Bookstore, 1309 Bard Street.



Saturday, April 16

Celebrate National Poetry

Month by participating in the

Library’s Haiku program

where you are invited to write

and submit an original Haiku

poem based on the theme,

"Celebrating Manhattan

Beach." Entries will be recognized

throughout April and all

who enter are invited to participated

in a special, "Open

Mic," event at the library. 2-4

p.m. 1320 Highalnd Ave., MB.

Light refreshments courtesy of

the Friends of the Manhattan

Beach Library. A list of ingredients

will be available. Contact:Regina

Ochoa: or




Sunday, April 17

Free To Be Me Community

Drum Circle hosts a family

friendly, drum circle every

third Sunday of the month. 12

- 3 p.m. Meet at the water's

edge under the Hermosa Beach

Pier. Facilitated rhythmic

games for the whole family.

Bring friends, family, drums

and percussion instruments

(otherwise provided). For more

information contact director

Sabina Sandoval (310) 318-

7191, or visit




Sunday, April 17

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy

presents the 1985

Oscar-winning film OUt of

Africa, 4 p.m. at the Warner

Grand Theater, 478 W. 6th St.,

San Pedro. Tickets $10. Proceeds

benefit the Conservnacy’s

efforts to perserving

and restoring habitat for the

education and enjoyment of

all. Go to for

tickets or more information.



Monday, April 18

In celebration of Earth

Month, during the month of

April the Redondo, Manhattan

and Hemrosa Beach Pulbic Libraries

invite you to read: Public

Ocean by Captain Charles

Moore and join in events at our

local libraries and communities

as part of the Beach Cities

Read. Captain Moore will

speak tonight at the Manhattan

Beach Library at 7 p.m. Books

are available for purchase at

{pages} bookstore, 918 Manhattan

Ave. Go to

for more info or contact your

local library.




Thursday, April 21-

Sunday, April 24

The North Redondo Beach

Business Association presents

their 32nd Annual Springfest

Carnival and community event

at Redondo Beach Performing

Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan

Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach.

Thursday 5 - 11 p.m., Friday, 5

- 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 11

p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Admission and parking are

free. For more information,





Thursday, April 21

The film The Transparentsea

Voyage highlights the efforts of

a group of athletes, musicians,

celebrities and artists on a campaign

aimed at focusing attention

on coastal environmental

issues. Witness the trip unfold

through the creation of song as

this “behind the music” look at

focused activism revealed how

our connection to the planet

changed and educated the participants

involved as well as

those that followed the journey

from around the world. Filmmaker

Justin Krumb will participate

in a Q&A after the

film, followed by live music

performance by Troy Page and

Trevor Green. Presented in association

with Beach Cities

Read (Redondo, Manhattan,

and Hermosa Libraries) &

Surfers for Cetaceans. RSVP

required. Public library cardholders

get in free with promo

code: librarycard. Bring your library

card to the screening for

entry at Hermosa Community

Theatre. 7 p.m.



Friday, April 22

Make your own beachcomber

magnets during this

drop-in Earth Day Art Activity

at the Hermosa Public Library,

3:30-4:30n p.m. All materials

will be provided. For ages 5 –

up. 310-379-8475. Find more

events in the month-long

Beach Cities Read program:



Saturday, April 23

GI Joe and Village Runner

team up for the annual Spring

Pier to Pier run/walk. 8 a.m,

from the Hermosa Beach Pier

to the Manhattan Beach Pier &

back (on the sand). Sign up by

calling (310) 546-1888 or (310)

980-9339. Or visit




Friday, April 29

The environmental impacts

on our oceans, air, transportation

and food are just some of

the areas we and future generations

must contend with.

With Earth Month upon us, we

begin to ask, “how can we ensure

a sustainable planet for

our children?” PLAN IT

EARTH is an inquistive and

entertaining evening of food,

drink, discussion and the exploration

of Ideas Worth

Spreading at the Redondo

Beach Main Library, 6-9 p.m.

The program will feature prerecorded

TEDTalks and facilitated

discussion. or register

at Eventrbrite.




Saturday, April 30

Manhattan Beach and

V.O.I.C.E (Volunteers and Organizations

Improving the

Community’s Environment),

host the the city’s 24th Annual

Earth Day, featuring fresh food

and family fun. Enjoy music,

games and eco-friendly products

and learn about Manhattan

Beach’s efforts toward

making the city a greener

place to live, play and work. 11

a.m. to 4 p.m. Polliwog Park,

Manhattan Beach Boulevard at

Redondo Avenue. B

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Manhattan Beach native

Rachel Bloom has a hit with

TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

by Ryan McDonald

In his poem “New Hampshire,” Robert Frost tells of meeting a

Californian who extols the Golden State’s virtues. The climate is

so good, the Californian insists, that no one ever dies of natural

causes. Instead, “Vigilance Committees/Had to organize to stock the

graveyards/And vindicate the state’s humanity.”

Frost crystallized, without necessarily endorsing, the tendency of

East Coast intellectuals to look down on California. (He was was

born in San Francisco.) Life, the right-coasters say, is about doom

and gloom; sun and satisfaction are really just covers for stupidity

and shallowness.

Rachel Bloom once thought this way, too. The Manhattan Beach

native is the star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a difficultto-categorize

series currently streaking through its first season on the

CW. (The network renewed the show for a second season last

month.) Bloom attended Mira Costa High School and found an outlet

in the school’s drama program. But it didn’t change how out of place

she felt growing up in the South Bay. She moved to New York for

college, and felt for a while like she was home.

“I had thoughts of anxiety, I wanted to read dark poetry,” Bloom

said in an interview. “In Manhattan Beach, there wasn’t a word for

unhappiness. Then I got to New York, and unhappiness is part of the


Happiness and the lack of it is the big idea behind “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Bloom plays Rebecca Bunch, a young associate logging long

days and sleepless nights at a white shoe New York law firm. In the

midst of an existential crisis on the streets of Manhattan, she bumps

into Josh Chan, an old flame from a youthful summer camp romance,

for whom she still pines. Josh is feeling beaten down by the

Big Apple, and shares with Rebecca his plan to return to his home

town of West Covina. In a moment of either insanity or inspiration,

Rebecca quits her job and resolves to move there, too.

Mention of the San Gabriel Valley suburb prompts a geography

lesson for Rebecca, who hails from New York’s Westchester County.

West Covina, Josh explains, is only two hours from the beach. (Four

with traffic.) Stumbling through an attempt to explain to Rebecca the

draw of the place, Josh is ultimately able only to say that people are

“happy” there.

Rebecca’s decision to move to West Covina is puzzling to almost

every other character in the show. Her new coworkers at the provincial

law firm Whitefeather and Associates wonder what kind of person

would leave a prestigious job in New York. Josh’s friends greet

her arrival with a suspicion that betrays resentment of their home

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch. Photo by Smallz & Raskind

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town. And Rebecca’s shrill, meddling mother complains ceaselessly during

a visit to her daughter, asking, “What is so good about California?”

Sing along

When I interviewed Bloom, she was in the midst of a “For your consideration”

campaign for Emmy nominations. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has

earned widespread critical acclaim, garnering praise from outlets including

The New Yorker. Earlier this year Bloom won a Golden Globe Award for

Best Actress in a musical or comedy series.

“Musical or comedy” actually sums up the series pretty well. Unlike most

30-minute sitcoms, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” runs a full hour and it makes use

of the extra time by incorporating at least two songs into every episode.

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca. Photo by Eddy Chen

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When I began watching the show, what struck me initially was how ambitious

the musical numbers were. Almost all feature choreographed dancing,

and some have dozens of extras. It seemed like a lot of extra work.

But the more I watched, the more it became apparent that songs offer a

kind of storytelling economy not available through narration or dialogue.

“I’ve always thought that songs were some of the most efficient forms

of getting us into a character’s head,” Bloom said. “It’s almost like you’re

writing an essay. The hook of the song is the essay’s thesis statement and

every verse is a body paragraph.”

The songs employ a staggering variety of popular music subgenres in

service of character arcs. Like soliloquies in a Shakespeare play, they provide

a dramatic space to explore socially objectionable feelings; Rebecca

does a bling-encrusted rap about manipulating parents into approving of

her; Josh’s friend Greg, knowing that Rebecca’s heart lies elsewhere, uses

a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers routine to urge Rebecca to “Settle for


Bloom studied musical theater at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She

led the school’s Hammerkatz improv comedy group, and got involved with

the city’s prestigious Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. But after graduating

from college, her boyfriend, now her husband, was moving to Los

Angeles. Bloom knew she wanted to write and perform her own material,

but faced a choice. She could stay in New York and work through the ranks

of Upright Citizen’s Brigade, hoping to attract attention and obtain representation

that way. Or she could move back to Southern California.

Part of her hesitation about returning was rooted in her feelings of not

belonging while growing up. During college, a classmate at NYU mentioned

wanting to return to Silver Lake, which Bloom had never heard of.

On finding out it was in Los Angeles, she recoiled with ready-made assumptions

about Southern California.

Bloom now counts herself a Silver Lake resident and has a “more nuanced”

vision of what Southern California has to offer.

“My relationship with L.A. is pretty different to how I felt growing up

here,” Bloom said. “My show embraces L.A., the happiness of it, and the

sunniness of it.”

These feelings are perfectly captured in a song done inside that quintessential

L.A. location, an outdoor mall. Without a touch of irony, Rebecca

revels in the ways Christmas looks different here than it does in New York:

“It’s 100 degrees, this elf is Vietnamese/That’s the way that California does


TV with purpose

At one point “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was going to fill a half-hour slot on

Showtime. The deal with the premium cable network fell through and the

CW Network stepped in.

“We thought we were a dead show when we sold a pilot to CW, who

happened to be looking for a pairing for ‘Jane the Virgin,’ another prestige

piece. That was luck,” Bloom said.

She has high praise for the network and the creative freedom it allows

her. She also appreciates the way broadcast enables her to reach a wider

audience. Bloom is endowed with a sense of responsibility to the viewer

that seems borrowed from a time when TV shows addressed topical issues

with “A Very Special Episode.”

“Even though we’re not the most appropriate show, we’re still a network

show, kids and teens can watch us,” Bloom said “Knowing that 13 year-old

girls can watch and learn about body image and love and what’s it realistically

like dating, that’s so cool and important to me.”

The result is a program with frank treatment of money issues, a cast as

diverse as anything out there right now, and a much-praised portrayal of

female sexuality.

Most impressively, the show is not afraid to turn its critical gaze on the

people who likely make up the core of its audience: college-educated, citydwelling

denizens of the upper middle class. There is the casual abuse of

attention deficit disorder drugs. Social media is omnipresent. A character

laments, “I know it’s not cool to believe in God.” Mentioning the word

“cab” yields blank stares, while Übers are everywhere.

In this sense, relocating from New York to West Covina can see like an

act of quiet rebellion against the monotony of urban, millennial culture

that the show frequently needles. When we spoke, Bloom told me how

she had been travelling around the country doing live renditions of songs

and jokes from the show. She was struck by how much commonality she

found between audiences everywhere from New York to Dallas.

“I went to Iowa City, and it felt like a little Portland,” she said. “Hipsters

are hipsters.”

Southern California may seem a strange base from which to launch such

an attack. The show frequently pokes fun at the way Los Angeles’ suburbs

seem to blend together, namechecking every municipality it can: Azusa,

Burbank, Glendora, Monrovia, and “all three El Montes” get shout outs.

But unlike the character she plays, Bloom is a Southern California native.

She has, she points out, actually been to Raging Waters. It gives her a kind

of authority to make jokes — and insights — others cannot.

“Most of the people I know now are East Coast transplants. I don’t know

why, but you get relatively few born-and-raised Southern California people

who then go into show business,” she said. “The show has given me a sense

of Southern California pride that I didn’t have before.”

Made for the times

Bloom came to fame at an auspicious time for comedy. Far more than

music or literature, which labor under the diminishing returns of Spotify

and Amazon, humor seems liberated by the Internet. Short, easy-to-produce

sketches blur the lines between establishment outfits like Funny or

Die and upstarts like Derrick Comedy (which came out of NYU’s Hammerkatz).

One of the first such sketches to expose the potential of the format was

“Lazy Sunday” a song from comedy troupe Lonely Island, performed on

“Saturday Night Live” by Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell.

“I remember when I saw ‘Lazy Sunday,’ it blew my mind,” she said. “I

hadn’t seen musical comedy done like that. South Park was probably the

closest thing.”

At the time, Bloom was looking for comedic songs to use in

auditioning for plays. Almost all of what she found came from

the ‘40s and ‘50s. Comedy, she felt, had to catch up with the


“Lonely Island changed SNL, because they brought in modern

comedic sensibility to a form that was outdated,” Bloom


The other side to this uncoupling of humor from traditional

strictures, however, is the rise of what I would call comedywithout-consequences.

There is a growing tendency among

millennial humorists, due at least in part to the success of

“Family Guy,” to lean hard on the random and the obscure.

Jokes land outside the confines of both plot and setting; if you

laugh, it’s not because of anything you have learned about the

characters or their world. (That this style is no longer daring

or avant garde is evident from the way it is featured so prominently

in not just programming but advertising — think Terry

Crews’ Old Spice ads, or Blake Griffin spots for carmaker Kia.)

The result is a cheap thrill that leaves the viewer increasingly

uninvested in the emotional path of the characters.

But “invested” is precisely the feeling Bloom has achieved.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” succeeds not because it serves up an assembly

line of cleverly concealed dirty jokes, but because you care what

happens to the characters. The show exists in that narrow space of narrative

art in which momentum is generated by something other than just


When I asked Bloom what Rebecca’s life in New York was like before

the events of the first episode, she thought for a moment, then gave me an

impressively detailed response, delineating the character’s cleaning habits

and Tinder activity. The conclusion, though, was that Rebecca’s struggle

was relatable and meaningful.

“She’s someone who has never explored what she actually wants out of

life,” Bloom said. “She forgot that being happy was important.”

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w This summer Beach Cities Learning, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges

(WASC) accredited school and a part of the Learn It Family of Companies,

will be offering NCAA-approved, online learning courses for credit recovery or

credit acceleration with on-site course tutoring available. Courses include: A-G Social

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w BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating its 21st year. BeachSports

was created by LA County Lifeguards to provide beach and ocean safety education

to local and visiting boys and girls. BeachSports programs start at age 4 and

include instruction in surfing, boogie boarding, beach volleyball and junior lifeguard

skills. Participants will leave camp with the ability to safely and confidently

enjoy the beach and ocean. Four camps are offered including: Surf Camp, Beach

Camp, Beach Volleyball Camp, and Junior Lifeguard Ocean Safety Program. With

safety in mind, camps are located at Lifeguard Tower locations: Manhattan Beach,

14th St.; Hermosa Beach, 15th St.; Redondo Beach, Ave. I, and Redondo Beach,

Vista del Mar. Camps run mid-June through August.

Online registration is available at

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uManhattan Beach Teen Center Summer Camp

w The 2016 Teen Center Summer Camp is a drop-in, non-custodial program at

Manhattan Heights Park, open to all resident and nonresident 6th, 7th and 8th

graders. There are a variety of activities available each day with exciting trips

each week. Enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach, Catalina Island and Big Bear

Lake. Head to local amusement parks like Raging Waters, Magic Mountain, Universal

Studios, and Disneyland. Go to the ballpark to watch a Dodgers game or

go camping at San Onofre State Beach. Begins June 20.


w CampSurf is "Los Angeles' Premier Surf School", according the LA Business Journal,

offering surf instruction in Manhattan Beach for all ages and abilities. Private

and group lessons are offered, including summer Surf Camps, After School Programs,

Birthday Parties, Corporate Events and much more. Instruction is available

year round and CampSurf maintains a 1:4 instructor to surfer ratio in all lessons

and camps. Surfboards and wetsuits are provided. CampSurf also offers youth

and adult Volleyball Classes and Clinics through our CampVolley programs and

this year will be launching Yoga Groms program.

Visit online at to schedule your

Surf Lesson or Camp.

City of Manhattan Beach Tennis Camps

w Tennis is one of the most popular sports in America. In order to serve this enthusiastic

and competitive group of sports enthusiasts, the City of Manhattan Beach

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u summercamps

CampSurf and

CampVolley are part

of the Body Glove

beach camps that

have taught thousands

of kids to

safely enjoy the

beach and ocean.

provides some of the highest quality tennis facilities to be found in the region.

Along with superb tennis facilities, top notch youth summer camps are also available.

Camps begin June 20 and take place at Mira Costa High School and Live

Oak Park. Camps include: Tennis with Lila Summer Camp (ages 4-9) A#: 25366;

West Coast Tennis Academy (ages 8-17) A#: 25382; Youth Tennis Camp (ages:

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Destination Science

w This is a fun science day camp for curious kids 5 to 11. It’s designed to excite

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El Segundo Education Foundation’s Summer Academy

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Registration for the 2016 Summer Academy opens April 15. Academy runs June

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w Family Theatre, Inc.'s two week, full scale musical theatre camps feature “Alice

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and a full scale performance. Early bird and sibling discounts available. Join the

cast of the South Bay's best theatre camp. Family Theater also offers one week

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w Learn to skateboard or take your skills to the next level at PCH Skate Camps.

PCH provides beginner to intermediate level skate and safety instruction focusing

on basic ollies and turns, to flip tricks, grinds, vert skating and much more. They

have a variety of ramps, rails and fun boxes, which are positioned differently each

day to offer a variety of trick options. Safety is the number one priority so all

campers are required to wear full pads. Private skate instruction is also available

at Manhattan Beach and the new Redondo Beach Pier locations. PCH Skate runs

in association with and Body Glove Camps.

Learn more and register online at

Peninsula Montessori

w Families seek out a Montessori education for its well-known benefits in the skill

development of young children. With that in mind, Peninsula Montessori has prepared

a unique and rewarding summer program open to children 18 months to

five years old (up to 12 years at the RPV campus). The summer program broadens

the Montessori curriculum to include water play, cooking and food prep, themed

art projects, science and sports. These programs are designed to further stimulate

the development of the students while having fun -- both indoors and out. Please

contact the Redondo Beach or Rancho Palos Verdes schools for more information

or check the website.

(310) 540-9742. 907 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach. (310) 544-

3099. 31100 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.

Performing Arts Workshops

w Winner of Best Summer Camp from “LA Parent Magazine!” PAW award-winning

camps include Musical Theater, Guitar, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Magic,

Photography and Stage F/X Makeup. It’s the ultimate arts experience for kids ages


“Our kids don’t need to be experts – just have a curiosity and love for performing,”

says Cheryl Appleman, PAW President. “In each session campers participate in

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ua creative performance which is free for their family and friends.”

PAW teachers are nurturing, skilled instructors who have or are working towards

their Bachelors or Masters degrees in their respective disciplines. Their teaching

experience and knowledge combined with the PAW philosophy provides students

with a level of training comparable to private studios and conservatories.

(310) 827-8827.

Planet Bravo

w PlanetBravo Techno-tainment Camp is LA’s number 1 summer computer

camp.,This summer it’s offering courses in Minecraft Modding, Scratch Game Programming,

3D Printing, DSLR Filmmaking and much more. Planet Bravo boasts an

8:1 student-teacher ratio, a perfect balance of time outdoors and indoors, toprated

staff, and awesome campers, all at an amazing weekly rate nearly half that

of similar tech camps. Located at Manhattan Beach Middle School with 1-week

sessions from June 27 to August 12. Sign up today before space runs out.

(310) 443-7607.

Savoir Faire Language Institute

w Want your children to start learning a new language this summer? Savoir Faire

Language Institute’s immersion programs are the way to go. Being literally two

steps from the beach and one of Redondo Beach most beautiful parks allows

Savoir Faire to bring the camps outside for a real summer, fun-filled language-learning.

In their new facility they have created the perfect kids friendly environment for

hands-on cooking, creating art, learning language and exploring culture. SFLI is

the portals to language fluency for your child.

117 W Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach. (310) 379-1086.

SBBC Montessori Preschool Summer Camp

w South Bay Beach Cities Montessori Preschool is academic based with an emphasis

on Montessori methods of learning. Art, Spanish, gardening, music and

water play accompanied by structured Montessori work times are incorporated

into daily enrichment activities. Affordable rates, low teacher/child ratio, nurturing

staff, and exciting themed-based activities. Now enrolling children ages 18 months

to 6 years with weekly rates starting at $125. SBBC Montessori is a year round

preschool open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with several program options customized

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uaround your childcare needs. Summer camp runs June 20 - August 26.

Eclectic restaurant

2016 Best of Dining & Entertainment

Ice cream parlor

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Torrance Education Foundation Presents the

South Bay Enrichment Academy Summer School Program


High School

Classes at North and West High Schools

Begin June 28

Middle School

Classes at Calle Mayor

Begin July 5


Classes at Arlington and Hickory

Begin July 5

Summer School Classes Offered for Enrichment and Credit Recovery

(310) 371-6716.

Steve & Kate’s Camp

w Steve & Kate's Camp puts the schedule in your hands. Day Passes can be used

anytime throughout the summer. Drop off and pick up times are flexible, too. Kids

design their day as they go through the 6 studios, with activities ranging from stop

motion animation, bread making, knitting, sewing, music recording in custom vocal

booths, coding and robotics, and more. Lots of outdoor options, too, like sports

in an inflatable arena, racing friends in Zorbs, and even pie-throwing on Fridays.

Lunch, snacks and all materials included. Open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grades Pre-K through 7th. 40+ locations. Founded in 1980.

(323) 472-4752. Register at

B w

Family Theater Inc. presents

two, full scale productions

each summer at the

Hermosa Beach

Community Theater. This

summer’s productions are

“Alice in Wonderland” and

“Disney’s Camp Rock.”

Visit our Website at or call (310) 320-7232 for more information

Hey 19’s design is as imaginative as its menu. Photo by Brad Jacobson (Civic-

Hey 19

If you tell someone that you just had a great meal at a restaurant, the first question you’ll

probably get is “What do they serve?” If they ask that about Hey 19 you’ll probably be

tongue-tied for a moment. You can get high style items like a salmon salad topped with an

assortment of nuts and vegetables or rack of lamb crusted with spearmint and fig, or something

retro like tomato soup with grilled cheese or a chicken pot pie. There are whimsical

bar snacks, hefty steaks, and chicken and waffles, plus daily specials that might go in any

culinary direction. There are many choices, and they’re all executed in a way that keeps

bringing people back for more.

4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance. (310) 378-8119.

New restaurant of 2015

HopSaint co-owners Christina Oliva, brewer Brian Brewer and Steve Roberts..

Photo by Photo by Brad Jacobson (


Here’s a surprise. With all the restaurants that opened in the Downtown areas in the

South Bay, the winner for best new restaurant is in a quiet area of West Torrance. Or at

least it used to be a quiet area, because since Hop Saint arrived the neighborhood has been

hopping. There’s energy and excitement in this place, and the bright, beachy décor and

lively bar are just part of it. Owner Steve Roberts has created a menu that blends updated

Southern food with contemporary specialties, and the items on the daily specials board

keep people coming back to see what’s next. The world-class beers on tap, many made in

house, add a little extra joy.

5160 W. 190th, Torrance. (310) 214-4677.

Manhattan Creamery

Our winner for best ice cream parlor is one of the South Bay’s culinary success stories;

this is where the “Cream’wich” gourmet ice cream sandwich was invented. That confection

is now sold as far away as Chicago and is poised for greater success. Meanwhile at the place

where it started, ice cream is still made on the premises and sold the same day, so there are

none of the ice crystals that ruin the lush creaminess. There are 28 flavors daily made with

the freshest and best ingredients, plus frozen bananas and other specialty treats. Take them

home or eat them while enjoying the comfort of their shop, which was obviously influenced

by the ice cream parlors and soda shops of a century ago.

1120 Manhattan Ave., MB 310-372-1155.



The number of Indian restaurants and markets in the South Bay has been increasing,

driven both by a growing South Asian community and an interest in that cuisine by non-

Indians. Despite the competition from newcomers Akbar has won this award once again

for their richly spicy curries and tandoori barbecues served in a stylish modern atmosphere.

Unlike some other places that present the foods of only one region, Akbar’s menu draws

from the whole subcontinent, so you can get southern-style seafood curries, northern barbecued

meats, and a sampling of everything in between. When dining here you may pair

your meal with selections from their unusually broad and well-chosen wine list, or cool

that heat with mango lassi and other traditional soft drinks. Whether you and your ancestors

came from the land of elephants and holy rivers or you haven’t been any closer to Delhi

than Del Mar, you’ll enjoy the authentic flavors and expert service.

1101 Aviation Blvd., HB. 310-937-3800.

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American BBQ

Dickey’s BBQ

Britt's BBQ

New Restaurant

of 2015

The Slip




Bakery Dessert

Hermosa Pie


Bakery Bread


Bar Food

Flight’s Beer Bar


El Segundo


Breakfast Omelet

Redondo Cafe

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Stars of the Beach are some of the most

prominent businesses in the South Bay.

In addition to our Best of the Beach winners The Stars are

businesses that are very popular with our readers and have been

awarded the Stars of the Beach recognition


Johnny Rockets


Rod’s Char-Broiler


Redondo Cafe




Redondo Cafe

Ice Cream Parlor


Indian Food

Addis Ethiopian

Late Night Eatery

Torrance Tavern

Liquor Store

#1 Liquor


Best Margaritas

Ortega 120

Best Martini

Purple Orchid

Neighborhood Bar


Purple Orchid

Torrance Tavern

Wine bar-friends


Sports Bar


Torrance Tavern


El Gringo


El Burrito Jr.

Neighborhood Deli

Mickey’s Deli

Best Pizza

Pie Pie Pie

Round Table

Romantic Diner

Hudson House

Place for

First Date

Buona Vita

Best Steak

Bull Pen

San Franciscan




Tara Thai

Best View

Chart House

Fish and Chips



Mama D’s

Health Food

The Source

American BBQ


Not every business can smoothly transition to a new location, but Lucille’s has managed

nicely. The décor has the same down-home roadhouse style, and the dining experience is

just as cheerful. Most importantly, the ribs, brisket, chicken, and other goodies are coming

out of the same imposing smoker with the same tangy sauces. Lucille’s has had new competition

this year, but our readers still rank them right at the top.

21540 Hawthorne Blvd. #401B (Del Amo Fashion Center), Torrance

(310) 370-7427.

Shopping Center restaurant

The Tin Roof crew was ahead of the curve when it located in a shopping mall

six years ago. Photo by Brad Jacobson (

Tin Roof Bistro

One of the major trends of the last year was the upscaling of dining options at malls.

New developments added luxurious restaurants and old ones renovated to compete with

them. Tin Roof Bistro was about five years ahead of the curve, having opened in 2009 with

a wood burning oven, eclectic menu, high-end bar, and two comfortable patios. The place

has been a haven for shoppers and locals ever since. Go there for lunch and you’ll see the

business suit crowd, moms with kids, and a wide assortment of citizens enjoying inventive

meals. It doesn’t feel like a mall restaurant at all, and that’s why it’s popular. Tin Roof

would attract customers wherever it was located.

3500 N. Sepulveda #100, (Manhattan Village), Manhattan Beach.

(310) 939-0900.

East of Sepulveda restaurant


The ambiance at Houston’s is clubby without being fussy, reminiscent of an old school

steakhouse that somehow was dropped in a parking lot in the middle of an office area. The

place doesn’t just live and die on business traffic. Locals flock there in the evening for the

artichoke and spinach dip, steaks, seafood, ribs, salads and one of the best burgers within

miles. Though some sushi items are served, the heart of the menu is American traditional

meals, comfort food with stylish touches. It’s not just a natural stop on the way to or from

the freeway, but a destination in its own right.

1550-A Rosecrans, Manhattan Beach. (310) 643-7211.

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Bar food

Sure, there are buffalo wings, fries, and a burger or two, but the rest of the menu is straight

from a cantina – fajitas, burritos, tacos of all sorts including ahi tuna and mesquite-grilled

meats. There are salads too, for those who want to limit their carbs to the pourable sort,

and there’s even a kid’s menu. Prices are low and the quality is high – it’s enough to give

bar food a good name.

3600 Highland, Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-8811.

52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-0004.

American Contemporary

Patrons toasts Sharkeez on raising the bar on bar food. Photo by Brad Jacobson



There’s a standard pattern for food in bars. It leans heavily on American favorites like

burgers, hot wings and every known vegetable covered with batter and then fried. The

important things are that everything be spicy and salty, the better to increase thirst in customers.

Baja Sharkeez has a different approach. If you saw these menu items and weren’t

told where they were from, you’d probably guess that it was an upscale Mexican restaurant.

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Ethnic BBQ


10 am - 3 pm • Adults $ 29.95 • Kids (5-12) $18.95

Mimosas, House Margaritas, Sangria and Draft Beer only $5

Silvio’s Brazilian Beach BBQ

Silvio’s isn’t quite like any other place in LA.

It’s part sports bar, part Brazilian restaurant, and

part beachy grill where you can get a plain grilled

Mahi sandwich or a Mississippi pulled pork sandwich.

Purists may be outraged, but this place isn’t

for them – it’s for everybody who likes simply

seasoned and expertly grilled proteins with all the

trimmings. In this case the steak, chicken,

sausage, and seafood are paired with salads, ceviche,

the crispest fries on the Plaza, and other

delights. If a Brazilian family and some Hermosa

locals lived next door to each other and fired up

the barbecue regularly, this is the food that might


20 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-6855.

Del Amo Fashion Center • 21438 Hawthorne Blvd. • Torrance • (310) 371-0666

Good Stuff

The Good Stuff restaurants have changed with the times. As a reminder, this started out

as one relatively standard coffee shop with a few Mexican items, and it was only open for

breakfast and lunch. The four branches of Good Stuff now serve dinner and have embraced

modern trends. You can get hummus, a salmon and quinoa plate, Greek salad, and other

modern items. Modern culinary trends are reflected all over the menu, but the prices are

still comparable to a coffee shop. If you’re nostalgic for their old fashioned items, the pancakes,

burgers and burritos are just as good as they’ve always have been.

1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach (310) 374-2334.

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262.

131 W. Grand Ave., El Segundo (310) 647-9997.

550 Deep Valley Dr., Palos Verdes Estates.

Dessert Bakery


It’s one of the oldest businesses in the South Bay. Generations of customers have been

served by generations of one family. Becker’s has changed some since it opened in 1940

and no longer makes the German items like pfeffernussE and springerle that were once staples.

They’ve kept up with the times and turn out cakes of all sorts, cookies, cupcakes, and

doughnuts. Modern ideas like printing photos on a cake are available, but if you really want

to impress people, encourage the decorators to run wild. Buttercream frosting can be a great

medium for sculpture, and Becker’s cake decorators do it artistically.

1025 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-3214.

Shopping, dining and entertainment, we’ve got it all!


Friar Tux Shop . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4700

Styles of Hawaii . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2151

Tilly’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-1642


European Wax Center . . . . (310) 325-2929

Fancy Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-7980

Pia Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-0815

Rolling Hills Beauty Bar. . . (310) 530-3844

Strands Design Lab, LLC . . (310) 539-8434

Victor Anthony’s

Hair Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2338

Vogue Beauty Studio . . . . . (310) 530-5900

Waterside Beauty. . . . . . . . (310) 534-4242



The Gift Korner . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-5011

The Tutoring Center . . . . . . (310) 530-5377


Beltone Cleaners . . . . . . . . (310) 325-2511


AMC Theater

Rolling Hills 20 . . . . . . . . . (888) 262-4386


Chase Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-1997

The Postal Mart . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-6777

South Bay Credit Union. . . (310) 374-3436


Baskin Robbins . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-6812

BevMo! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-0034

Cups’s Frozen Yogurt . . . . . (310) 534-2625

Nijiya Japanese Market . . . (310) 534-3000

Omaha Steaks . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-3831

Peet’s Coffee & Tea. . . . . . . (310) 626-8008

Starbucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4835

Trader Joe’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-9520

Treat Tea & Ice . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326 9888

Whole Foods Market . . . . . (310) 257-8700

Yogurt Lounge . . . . . . . . . . (310) 230-5505


Arthur Murray

Dance Studio. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 977-0987

Great Earth Vitamins . . . . . (310) 534-8494

My Fit Foods . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-9175

PV Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-9093

24 Hour Fitness Center . . . (310) 534-5100

Weight Watchers . . . . . . . . (800) 651-6000


Bed, Bath & Beyond . . . . . (310) 325-0432

Hitachiya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-3136


Budding Artists. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-9764

Color Me Mine . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-9968


Modern Jewelry Mart. . . . . . (310) 517-0308


Dr. Mylena Jl, D.D.S, Inc. . . (310) 326-4691

Dr. M.G. Monzon, D.D.S. . . (310) 891-3303

Dr. Nolan Ng, Optometrist . (310) 326-2881

Olive Chiropractic. . . . . . . . (310) 539-2285

South Bay Pain Docs . . . . . . (310) 626-8037

Torrance Family Urgent

Care Center of South Bay . . (310) 997-1796


Grooming Wonders. . . . . . . (310) 534-1130

Pet’s Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-5700

Wild Birds Unlimited . . . . . (310) 326-2473


J A Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-2430

Person Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-8700


Blaze Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-9500

California Pizza Kitchen . . . (310) 539-5410

Daphne’s Greek Café . . . . . (310) 257-1861

Fanoos Persian Restaurant . . (310) 530-4316

Fish Bonz Grill. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-2669

Hakata Yamaya . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-1800

IcCho Japanese Restaurant . (310) 325-7273

Ichimi An . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 784-0551

Islands Restaurant . . . . . . . . (310) 530-5383

Joey’s Smokin’ B.B.Q. . . . . . (310) 257-1324

Kabab Curry of India . . . . . . (310) 539-0171

Little Sheep

Mongolian Hot Pot . . . . . . . (310) 517-9605

Mashawi Lebanese Grill . . . (310) 325-3545

Mrs. A Vietnamese Pho . . . . (310) 541-1227

Nice Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-0323

Rubio’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 891-1811

Ryo Zan Paku. . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-8720

Sushi Boy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4013

Veggie Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-6689

Northeast Corner of Crenshaw & Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance

For Information Call (310) 534-0411


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Yvonne Amarillas

Your Beach Cities Realtor

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Manhattan Bread & Bagel

The rest of the world thinks Americans eat bad bread and they have a point. When one

of your culture’s culinary achievements is pre-sliced white bread loaded with preservatives,

you should reassess your culture’s life choices. A good place to start is Manhattan Bread &

Bagel, where they make baguettes of such wholesomeness and flavor that you are amazed

they can be achieved with just flour, water, and yeast.

But don’t stop there. Try some of the old world style loaves that can include rye, black

pepper Parmesan, olive, and rosemary wheat. There are breads here that deserve to be savored

and can be the star of a deli tray and more than just a component of a sandwich.

1812 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7553.



If asked to make a list of bakeries in the

South Bay you probably wouldn’t include

The Kettle. This is a bit unfair to the people

there, who make hundreds of muffins

every week. Figuring out how many they

bake verges on impossible. When an employee

was asked there was a moment of

silence similar to that when an astronomer

is asked how many stars there are by an inquisitive

child. The eventual answer, “A

lot,” is accurate, without being informative.

The next time you bite into one of Kettle’s

legendary honey bran, orange, or other

muffins here, spare a kind thought for the

people who are slaving over mixing bowls

and ovens so you may enjoy it.

1138 Highland Ave.,

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-8511.

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Bagel Shop

Breakfast Omelet

Manhattan Beach Bread and Bagel

You can get bagels at just about any supermarket, but they don’t have the texture and flavor

of ones fresh from the oven. For that you go to a specialist. Locals have once again

crowned Manhattan Bread and Bagel as the best of the lot, with good reason. They have all

the modern versions packed with fruit, chocolate chips, jalapenos and cheese, et cetera and

these are delightful. But their real achievement is in crafting the classics. Their traditional

egg, water, and poppy seed versions have the delicate flavor and exact amount of chew that

makes them the perfect vehicle for lox and cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly or one of

the other spreads that are offered. Or you can have them plain and just enjoy them for what

they are.

1812 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7553.


Lisa Bon Appetit

Unless you have a family member in the business or experience arranging events, finding

a caterer for a milestone event like a wedding is always stressful. You are entrusting a big

part of the guest experience to someone whose food you often haven’t tried. Lisa’s Bon Appetit

makes it just a bit easier. You can stop in at their café in Torrance and sample a few

items, and if desired you can arrange for a tasting of things you are interested in having for

your event. (Within reason, of course – they’re not going to make a whole roast lamb just

so you can see how it would look as a centerpiece.) Lisa’s has been catering in the South

Bay since the 1970s. They have a track record of making your day special with their food.

3511 Pacific Coast Hwy. Torrance (310) 784-1077.

Good stuff keeps a narrow focus on quality when making its omelettes. Photo

by Brad Jacobson (

Good Stuff

There are places in the South Bay that have a vast selection of omelets, but our readers

care about more than the vastness of the selection. Good Stuff serves just 5. Their appeal

is simple, based on wholesome ingredients enfolded by three fluffy eggs. You can get American

favorites like a Denver omelette or one stuffed with bacon, veggies, and cheese, standard

or Greek vegetarian, or one topped with chicken simmered in their tangy, slightly citrusy

tomatillo sauce. It comes with fruit or their crisp homemade hash browns and toast or a

muffin. They are are a favorite South Bay way to start the day.

1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach (310) 374-2334.

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262.

131 W. Grand Ave., El Segundo (310) 647-9997.

550 Deep Valley Dr., Palos Verdes Estates.

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Hamburger Unchained



Dessert Restaurant


You should stop

in at Ercoles sometime

and order a

burger with truffled

aioli, roasted

chillies, daikon

sprouts, and a

parmesan crisp.

Please let us know

when you do, because we want to watch. Those ingredients and many more are available

at gourmet burger places within blocks of Ercoles, but are not expected on the menu here

any time soon. Our readers voted the Best Burger category to a specialist who does one

thing well: a cheeseburger made with freshly ground meat from the neighboring Manhattan

Market, piled high with lettuce, tomato, and onion and a pickle on the side. It’s a primal

experience, all about juicy meat with a bit of flavor from the char grill that has been turning

them out since dinosaurs ruled the earth. It’s almost perfect – and when you put a beer

next to it, perfection is achieved.

1101 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-1997.

Chain Hamburger

In & Out

Most people don’t realize the cult status of In & Out burgers until they have a houseguest

who schedules a trip there every day of their visit. It’s as much a symbol of California as

the bear on our state flag. (Maybe more so, since that bear is extinct and In & Out is still

alive and well.) In & Out serves the burger that made burgers famous, a recipe straight from

the 1950s, before vast quantities of preservatives and premade items joined the mainstream.

You’ll wait just a bit longer to get them because they’re freshly made, but burger aficionados

insist they’re worth the wait.


Our readers have embraced a very multicultural and sophisticated version of Chinese

cuisine. W’s China Bistro started out serving both standard Southern dishes and the distinctive

Chinese-Peruvian fusion known as Chifa. It has built on that base with items that

reflect Korean and Vietnamese influences. Since Vietnamese and Korean cuisine are heavily

influenced by Chinese cooking and in an era when the notoriously conservative Chinese

are themselves experimenting with foreign cuisines, the choice makes sense. The Chinese

food most of us grew up with is still here, as well as some dim sum items, but made with

creative boldness and premium ingredients. As a bonus, you can get a cocktail or good glass

of wine to accompany your Hunan beef or kung pao chicken, and enjoy the best of east

and west.

1410 W. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. (310) 792-1600.

Chain Coffeehouse


The place that won as favorite chain coffeehouse has changed the language of coffee

around the world. Thanks to Starbucks, people order macchiato which means “spotty” or

“stained” and was obscure coffee slang in Italy before the Seattle company got hold of it.

Words like venti and trenta, signifying the number of ounces in a cup, are now used to

order coffee even in countries where the metric system is in use. Italians will have to learn

these terms too, since the company is about to open their first locations there. If you go to

Milan and decide to have coffee you can order using Italian terms thanks to your experiences

in the South Bay. How’s that for an example of globalization? (Various locations.)

Crème de la Crepe

A crepe is a fragile, subtle thing, a bit of crispness to wrap around a stew, sauté, or dessert to add texture

and a wisp of flavor. They’re very tricky to make and home cooks who try can discover just how much of a

kitchen can be messed up by a very small amount of batter. How much easier it is to go to Crème de la Crepe,

where the experts will serve you escargots, pate, beef tartare, nicoise salad, fish tacos, and other French delicacies

while you wait for that perfect crepe. Wait, fish tacos? Yes, this is a South Bay creperie, so they’re

available alongside the trappings of a French country meal. The crepes are more traditionally Gallic and include

classics like the hearty Vendome with chicken, bacon, potatoes and mushrooms in a cognac and pepper

sauce. As you prepare to enjoy that first forkful you might be inclined to raise your wine glass for a toast to

French culture.

1708 ½ S. Catalina, RB (310) 540-8811

424 Pier Ave., HB. (310) 937-2822.

Old Venice

Old Venice is unique in the South Bay for its extensive menu of Italian

and Greek food. The variety extends to their dessert menu. On the Greek

side they have baklava, which you have probably had elsewhere, and melomakarona,

which you probably haven’t. It’s a walnut and honey cookie that

is one of the lightest, crispest things you’ll ever taste. The Italian side has

favorites like gelato, cannolis, a creamy tiramisu with just the right touch

of coffee and rice pudding. Some hard to categorize items like a brownie

torte and oreo-cream gelato truffle round out the list. If you have trouble

deciding you can always sip a dessert wine while you puzzle out which you

want most.

1001 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 376-0242.


Local Coffeehouse

Modern American Bistro

Seafood ~ Steaks ~ Wine ~ Cocktails

Barney’s Beanery

It should be no surprise that Barney’s Beanery won the chili competition. They’ve been

specialists in chili since the first Beanery opened in the 1920s. The location on the second

floor of the Redondo Pier serves five different kinds of varying hotness, including a zippy

vegetarian version. You can get your favorite bowl of red straight, with spaghetti, over fries,

in a potato skin, and on a burger. Or get their chili sampler and try all five. It comes with

onions, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips so you can garnish your heart out. When

you’ve been making chili for close to a 100 years you have the technique down.

100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. (424) 275-4820.

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Java Man

Java Man, the species also known as Homo Erectus, went extinct about a 70,000 years

ago. Coffee arrived on the Indonesian island of Java just prior to 1700. This suggests that

Java Man never tasted coffee, though you can at the funky coffeehouse named for him.

We’re sure even a proto-human would appreciate the convivial air, homemade baked goods,

and sandwiches and would have marveled at the magnificence of the breakfast burritos.

The coffee might have even stimulated the intelligence in his primitive brain, just as it has

done for so many of the rest of us.

157 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 379-7209.

1150 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 374-7488

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French / Continental

Farm to Table

Late Night Eatery

Dominique’s Kitchen

Their slogan is “Making good food an everyday occasion” and Dominique’s Kitchen really

does achieve that laudable goal. Their classic French country cuisine is modestly priced

and more importantly it’s served in an unpretentious atmosphere that you can enjoy any

day. They’re short on ceremony and long on hospitality. Whether you order scallops in a

Champagne and saffron reduction or a simple chicken roasted with herbs de Provence and

served with French fries, you’ll be reminded of why French cuisine became the standard

for fine dining around the world.

522 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (424) 247-9054.

Mexican over $20

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

It’s significant that Palmilla shares a name with a luxurious resort

in Mexico. This is a distinctly upscale version of Mexican cuisine.

Instead of imagining a border cantina you should consider a spa villa

with an ocean view, with a bottle of bubbly in the ice bucket on the

balcony. While the flavors in the sauces are true to Mexican tradition,

the ingredients are top quality – dry aged prime beef, fresh jumbo

1001 Manhattan Ave. • Downtown Manhattan Beach

Reservations Recommended • (310) 376-0242

Hook and Plow

The hottest trend of the last few years is a return to one of the oldest styles of dining –

eating what’s local and fresh. The people in the kitchen at Hook & Plow know their farmers

and other purveyors and strive to find the best produce in every season and to serve it in

the way that shows its strengths. Check the specials board first because that’s where you’ll

find whatever is freshest. This may be an unfamiliar fish or vegetable, or perhaps some

preparation of a familiar item that you haven’t tried before, in which case you really should

order it and prepare for the most interesting learning experience you’ve ever eaten.

425 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. (310) 937-5909.

crab and wild-caught prawns and vegetables straight from boutique

producers. The recipes that show off those excellent products come

from all over Mexico – Michoacán style salmon, Tampico steak, and

the smoky moles of Oaxaca are all represented. Palmilla brings the

techniques of French cuisine and the soul of Mexico together and

it’s an unbeatable combination.

39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-4440.


under $20

El Sombrero

We’ll admit that the price is part of the

attraction at El Sombrero, but the customers

who have kept these two restaurants

humming for over 40 years have more than

value on their minds. What matters is the

quality of the food and the experience and

they shine in both departments. The service

at your table is friendly and fast, and

the plates come piled high with Mexican

classics. El Sombrero is our hometown favorite,

serving quality meals at fast food

prices, and they’ve earned the loyalty of locals.

1157 Artesia #B, MB

(310) 376-5005.

1005 N. Manhattan Ave., MB.

(310) 937-6258.


It’s after 10 p.m.,

hunger has struck

and the bar you’re

frequenting has nothing

more appealing

than chicken fingers.

Where do you go? For

over a generation the

answer has been The

Kettle. There you’ll be

in the company of

people who have just

gotten out of plays or

movies, shift workers,

and night owls of

every description. As

it hits midnight the

Kettle can be a fascinating

experience for people watchers, as eccentrics of all sorts enjoy the best after-hours

meals in the South Bay. The Kettle serve the same wide-ranging menu late night as when

the sun is high in the sky, and you might even be tempted to come back by day – the crowd

may not be as colorful but the food will be just as delicious.

1138 Highland Ave., MB. (310) 545-8511.

Tapas / Appetizers


Does anybody remember

where we went for tapas before

Mediterraneo opened on Pier

Plaza? That’s a trick question.

In 2003 most people in the

South Bay didn’t know what

tapas were, and some people

complained because they

thought it was a topless. Those

people stopped objecting when

they found out what tapas were,

and probably got downright enthusiastic

when they first experienced the elegant small-plates dining here. The bold flavors

of Spain are featured with assistance from fresh California ingredients and a few unique

ideas. This is our favorite place to graze, and it’s even better on their Tapas Tuesdays, when

the almost limitless variety is offered at half price.

73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-2666.

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Outdoor Dining

Rotisserie Chicken

Sandwich Shop / Deli

Hennessey’s Tavern

Hennessey’s Tavern holding the corner of the Pier Plaza and the Strand stakes claim to

a panoramic view of the Santa Monica Bay from their roof-top patio.

“We are just steps away from sand,” said manager Shawn. “It is the best place to enjoy a

fine meal, drink and catch the sunset.”

Heat lamps and sun shades keep the patio an all season affair with locals and tourists


8 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-5759


Poulet du Jour

Nobody knows what unsung genius invented the rotisserie, but we presume that was

long before patents. Their reward was received when they first put a chicken on their new

gadget and tried it out, because that cooking method results in a crisp skin and succulent

meat. Poulet du Jour flavors their birds with Middle Eastern seasonings and serves them

with a potent garlic sauce on the side. It’s a winning formula. This perfection of poultry is

even available at a moderate price. A whole chicken with side orders and bread will feed

two hungry people for only fifteen bucks. Our readers know a great deal on a great meal

when they see one.

233 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-6620.


Manhattan Meats

“We use the finest ingredients like Boar’s Head products meats, which we slice as we go

along making each sandwich,” owner Dean Tribble said. “The ‘Sean Special,’ an oven roasted

turkey and salami sandwich is very popular as well as the hot corned beef sandwiches we

offer on Wednesday and Thursday.”

While answering questions, Tribble was ringing up third generation customers.

“We know 100s of our customers by their first names and believe in a family atmosphere,”

he said. “This way we can cater best to our customers needs.”

1111 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-5406.

Manhattan Meats, Inc

Gourmet Meat & Seafood

Our quality meats surpass any other for the best price around.

Always the freshest foods to enjoy!

Fresh Brothers

When your pizzeria goes from a single store in the rear of a mini-mall to 14 outlets in

only five years, you’re doing something right. Let’s start with the basics. Fresh Brothers offers

pies with thin, thick, or thick deep dish crusts, plus whole grain and gluten-free varieties.

So whichever you prefer, your bases are covered. The sauce is freshly made and richly

herbed and they offer a sneakily healthy version with finely ground vegetables in the sauce,

so you can trick yourself and kids into healthy eating. There are almost 30 different toppings

for your pleasure, including vegan sausage and cheese for those who love pizza but not

meat. If you have trouble making choices then you can just go one of their suggested combinations,

but if you know what you like you can get it configured to create your vision of

pizza perfection delivered to your door.

2008 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-4444.

407 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach (310) 374-5678.

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Photo by JP Cordero

Slider Stop

Little burgers are big business on Artesia, where locally owned Slider Stop has inventive

ideas about fast food. If you’ve ever had the experience of being served a mammoth burger

and being tired of the flavor when you were halfway through it, they have the solution: get

two or three little ones. Their “chicken dinner” slider puts a fried chicken meal on one bun;

the Euro with a beef patty, quail egg, bacon, and mornay sauce entwines French tradition;

and American burgers and the turkey burger’s black beans, salsa, and avocado remind us

just who first domesticated that bird. There’s even a dessert marshmallow crunch slider

with peanut butter and granola. Slider Stop is making quick meals that are not just cheap

and fast but varied and fun. Nobody else is close to doing what they do.

2315 Artesia. Redondo Beach. (310) 214-5200.

1111 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 372-5406

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Romantic Dinner

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

There’s a subtle sexiness to the décor at Palmilla. It starts even before you’re inside with

the colored lights and mosaic designs on the exterior set an exotic and mysterious tone. You

might invite the object of your affections to dine out there if the weather is pleasant and

enjoy the play of light and shadow from the fire pit, or go within. There the low light provided

by dozens of hanging lamps helps set the romantic mood and if you imbibe, the excellent

tequila selection may assist with that. We won’t speculate about the effect of the

chains hanging from the walls, because that sort of thing isn’t our business. What we do

know is that whether you dine and drink inside or out, after dinner is over a moonlight

walk by the beach is just steps away.

39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-4440.

Place for a First Date


A romantic restaurant isn’t the same thing as a first date restaurant. At the former you

are both already intimate, at the latter you’re deciding whether you’re on that road. The

place shouldn’t be too bright or too dark, and the room should have some buzz. Zane’s hits

those marks and you can learn a bit more about your date by what they choose from the

updated Italian-American steakhouse menu. Are they the ‘meat and potatoes’ type, or do

they prefer the salads and pastas? Classic cocktails, something novel involving chili liqueur

and a pepper garnish, or wine? Do they negotiate what dishes to have so you can each taste

the things you want? Negotiation, compromise, and collaboration are some of the secrets to

a good relationship, and if the two of you can do it with food that’s a good sign for everything


1150 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-7488.

Seafood Soup

Hermosa Beach

Fish Shop

Most South Bay restaurants

that feature fish offer

either chowder or cioppino.

At the seafood specialist

Hermosa Beach Fish

Shop you have your choice.

There are two variations of

the chowder, either with or

without Andouille sausage,

which adds a gentle smoky

kick. The chowder is thick

and creamy, the seafood

finely chopped so it’s in

every bite. Subtle flavors of

pepper and herbs accent

but don’t obscure the natural

flavors. The Fish Shop stew has a bolder broth with fresh tomato zest, a dash of garlic

and herbs and big chunks of fish. Whether you like your flavors relatively unadorned or

zippy, there’s something for you at the Fish Shop.

719 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 372-3480.

Specialty Salad

Fresh Brothers

Most pizza places offer

salad as an afterthought –

something cool, green and

crisp to contrast with

something hot, cheesy,

and rich. Fresh Brothers

puts a little more thought

and a lot more variety into

the equation by offering

everything from a simple

spring mix to a zesty

Greek, antipasto, Caesar,

or Farmer’s Market salad.

Like it meaty? Try the barbecued

chicken or Cobb.

Gluten free? Covered. Chopped for easy eating and blended flavors, or like a little variation

in each bite? They can do it either way. It’s more than a sideshow to accompany the pizza,

and some people don’t even order one – they’re here for the salad.

2008 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-4444.

407 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach (310) 374-5678.

Steak over $25


There are things that are used as a metaphor for reliability: the rock of Gibraltar, tomorrow’s

sunrise, a steak at Flemings. The basis of this place’s fame and success are the selection

of top quality aged prime beef and the expertise of the grillmaster. Prefer it petite and tender?

Their filet mignon will cut like butter, and if you like a bit of extra zing you can get it

with a porcini mushroom rub. Going for full flavor? Order the bone-in ribeye or a New

York strip with cracked peppercorns and their house steak sauce. They have all the appropriate

sides and trimmings, plus a famously good wine selection that complements all things

meaty. You pay a little more for the best, but you get what you pay for.

2301 Rosecrans, El Segundo. (310) 643-6911.

Steak under $25


A great steak for a good price, only steps from the beach? In a stylish environment with

a well-stocked bar? Sounds like a fantasy, but it isn’t. At Zane’s you can get a skirt steak

brushed with herb butter and two sides of your choice for $24 and that chunk of meat is

both good sized and tender. It comes out of the kitchen with a smoky flavor and at exactly

the temperature you request. It’s not easy to get this piece of meat a true medium rare from

end to end, but they do it every time. You shouldn’t expect all your dreams to come true,

but this one is achievable.

1150 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-7488.

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Mediterranean/Middle Eastern


The cultures around the Middle East and Southern Europe use many of the same ingredients,

like olives and olive oil, eggplant and the seafood that comes from the Mediterranean.

Those are all artfully used at Mediterraneo, the restaurant that has captured this awards

many times in the past. After 13 years the only changes have been for the better. They now

have a world-class beer selection, for instance. Our Mediterranean climate and lifestyle are

mirrored in food at Mediterraneo.

73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 318-2666.

Asian Fusion

Little Sister

Many places serve Asian Fusion, usually a mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean items.

Little Sister goes further afield, offering both fusions and authentic renditions that involve

Nepalese, Malaysian, and Singaporean

dishes. Most diners have little

knowledge of some of these and

might not know when they’re dealing

with a fusion dish or an obscure

gem from a regional cuisine. In a

way, though, they’re all fusion

dishes because they’ve been influenced

by Chinese and Indian traders

since the medieval era. That was accidental

and incremental, while the

bold ideas of Chef Tin Vuong bring

contemporary and creative vision to

the mix. He has made the world

quite a bit smaller and brought a big

chunk of it to Manhattan Beach.

1131 Manhattan Ave., MB.

(310) 545-2096.

Thai / Southeast Asian

(Say it, POO-KET, don’t ask me why)

Phuket Thai

Thais compare the shape of their country to the handle of an axe. The resort island of

Phuket is about halfway up the handle. The place has a distinctive cuisine based on centuries

of interaction with foreign traders, and it is noted for seafood, satay, and fiery curries.

Phuket Thai in Redondo offers milder versions of some of these dishes as well as a range

of regional specialties from across Thailand. The office plaza location at the corner doesn’t

resemble the peaked roofs and ornate decoration of Thai buildings, but these flavors are

spot on, and once again our readers have signified their approval.

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The Spot

You can’t quite say that the Spot was first, since LA had vegetarian restaurants before

1920 and The Spot didn’t open until 1977. However, The Spot can proudly claim the title

of the longest-lived vegetarian restaurant in Southern California and their generations of

fans keep the place humming right along. Even in an era in which mainstream restaurants

have added vegetarian items and promoted farm-to-table ideas, The Spot remains relevant

and vital, serving delicious American and Mexican-inspired comfort food in an environment

as homey and welcoming as a good friend’s living room. There’s a patio out back for those

who enjoy the open air, and a wine and beer list for those who like to drink their fruits and

grains as well as eat them.

110 Second Street, Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-2355


Strand House

We mainly think of savoring the view at the Strand House when the weather is fine, but

that panoramic view of the sea is even more impressive on those days when the wind is

high and the skies open. When the palms whip back and forth in the wind and the sea

churns to froth we see another side of the vista that is so pleasant on better days. Whether

you nurse a coffee on a cold day or a cocktail on a warm one, or vice versa, the place to do

it is The Strand House. It’s easily the best view in the South Bay, rain or shine.

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7470.

Erin Obringer, Simmzy’s

Erin Obringer has been a server at Simmzy’s for five years and has been in the restaurant

business for more than a decade.

“I’m so honored. What a big surprise,” Obringer said when told of her award. “I love the

people I work with, the regulars I have come to know and that Simmzy’s is always busy.”

Obringer said burgers are the most popular item with the Bacon Bleu being her favorite.

“Erin always puts the guest first,” Manager Jikki Yamat said. “She makes a connection

with everyone.”

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-1201.


Adam DeRitter, Rock’n Fish

Adam DeRitter has worked at Rock’n Fish for over 10 years and considers the restaurant

a home away from home. The Manhattan Beach native and Mira Costa High School alum

said developing relationships is the favorite part of his job.

“I can rejoice with a customer when they celebrate a good moment in their life or help

them when they have a bad day,” DeRitter said. “Some of my closest friends started as patrons.

We go snowboarding, golfing, out for dinner or drinks.”

The most popular drink DeRitter serves is the Navy Grog.

“It was the signature drink at Hibachi, a restaurant at this location from 1960 until 2000,”

DeRitter said. “I’m proud that we’ve kept that tradition alive for the last 16 years.”

120 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 379-9900.


Rock’N Fish

If you’re the type of person who goes with the flow, we know what you’re going to drink

at Rock’N Fish: the navy grog. It’s their signature item. A bartender estimated that he had

made 75 of them on a weekend night in winter. During summer, he reported, there were

days when he hardly made anything else. That rum and fruit cocktail is elegantly balanced,

but those bartenders might enjoy a break in the parade of grogs to make a perfect Manhattan,

Old Fashioned, or Aviation, or perhaps some cocktail based on your preferences. The selection

here is superb, and whatever arcane whiskey, gin, or other spirit you like is probably

on that shelf ready to be combined into something delicious.

120 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 379-9900.

310-376-5124 • 2600 Artesia Blvd., • Redondo Beach

6am to 10pm

7 Days a Week

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Sunday Brunch

Fish & Chips

Italian over $20 Italian under $20

MB Post

What are you going to have for your next brunch at MB Post? We don’t know, and neither

do you. One of the joys of this place is the ever-changing menu. You may come in dead set

on ordering something you liked last time but suddenly see a special or new item you can’t

do without. There are constants on the menu like the chimichanga and those bacon cheddar

buttermilk biscuits and we’re sure they’ll be delicious if you order them again, but the art

of this kitchen is in tempting you with the new. Chef David LeFevre is a whimsical genius

who keeps his job interesting by keeping your choices difficult. If it’s ever easy to decide

what you want he’d probably be disappointed.

1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-5405.

Hermosa Beach Fish shop

There are many different elements to the perfect fish and chips, and some people have

strong opinions. Should the chips be fat potato slabs like they are in Britain, thin-cut fries

with the skin on, or some other variation? Is shatteringly crisp beer batter best, or lacy

tempura, or do you like the softer, thicker variety and should it be seasoned or not? At the

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, this year’s winner, the batter is thick, relatively soft, and lightly

seasoned, the chips skin-on, thin cut, and very crisp. Four pieces of fish and a good sized

mound of fries run just over 12 bucks, a substantial meal for a modest price. Cocktail and

tartar sauce are on the tables, as is malt vinegar, so there need be no argument about which

is the best accompaniment.

719 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-3480.

Server Julie Marcelletta with a “betto” box. Photo by Brad Jacobson (Civic-

Bettolino Kitchen

Italian cuisine can be comfort food or daringly original. A few restaurants are skilled

enough to offer you your choice. Bettolino Kitchen is one of those rare places and their versatility

is breathtaking. If you’re in the mood for a traditional eggplant Parmesan or steak

with potato and veg, they can deal out an expert version, but if you’d like something daring,

say, a grilled peach and chicken salad, or Prosciutto-wrapped sea scallops with squash and

asparagus tips, they have you covered. Whatever you select, mild or wild, it’s served in an

elegant modern space by people who know

their wines and are service pros. Bettolino

Kitchen is a gem and a worthy winner in a

category with tough competition.

211 Palos Verdes Blvd.,

Redondo Beach.

(310) 375-0500.


If you showed up for dinner at Charlie’s and were asked to guess the prices of the entrees,

we’re willing to bet you’d miss by a mile. The dining room has understated style and the

view of plates of housemade ravioli, fresh seafood, and other Italian delicacies would prepare

you to part with some serious dough. Surprise, at dinner almost half the entrees run less

than 15 bucks, which leaves you some room for an appetizer or glass of wine without hitting

$25. At lunch the prices are even better, though you’ll be directed to the more casual area

by the bar. A plate of pasta with soup or salad and garlic bread may be had for a mere 10

bucks. Charlie’s is one of the South Bay’s rare places where a great meal is a great bargain.

601 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 374-8581.




Vegetarian food isn’t necessarily healthy.

It takes a balance of vitamins and proteins

to keep the body in top shape and that

sometimes escapes both home cooks and

professionals. Those calculations come naturally

at The Spot, whose owner Tonya

Beaudet has written a vegetarian cookbook

and keeps the nutrition of each dish in

mind. If you have special requirements like

gluten-free or vegan food they can provide

it, and there will be no compromise in flavor.

That sense of satisfaction after a meal

at The Spot is your body thanking you for

giving it what it needs.

110 Second Street, HB.

(310) 376-2355.

“Bold and contemporary,

the ingredients top shelf”

bites $5

chicken wings, kale caesar (add chicken $2),

meatball marinara sliders,

mushroom flatbread, margherita flatbread,

truffle fries, hummus

drinks 1/2 off

draughts and bottled beer, select wines

by the glass, mango bellini & sangria

16 Craft Beers Homemade Sangria Peach & Pomegranate Bellinis

Farmer’s Market Vegetables Catering Grass-fed Beef Outdoor Dining

Open 7 Days A Week Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm (Brunch)

36 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach (310)798-6585

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Japanese Sushi


The people at Rice subtitle their name “Sake & Real Food,” making a distinction that

many people might otherwise miss. Many sushi bars serve food that uses an array of colorants,

preservatives and other adulterants. Rice proudly doesn’t, and uses organic products

wherever possible. It’s a

philosophy that pays off

in many ways, since in

this simple cuisine the

flavors of raw ingredients

are not covered but

enhanced, so it makes

sense to start with the

purest and best. There

are vegetarian sushi

rolls as well as those

stocked with the freshest

fish in season. Whatever

you order will be

prepared by experts in

making these delicate

flavors shine.

820 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 798-7722.

Japanese non-Sushi & Itamae

Izakaya by Katsuya

In Japan an izakaya is a type of

tavern that cultivates an unhurried

atmosphere in which to

enjoy bar snacks. Originally a

snack bar in front of sake shops,

over hundreds of years they have

developed an array of distinctive

items, which may include sushi.

This helps explain the small

plates style of service and offerings

at Izakaya by Katsuya, which

edged out more conventional

Japanese restaurants for the win

this year. Locals have taken to

this style of Japanese tapas,

which includes grilled meats and seafood, simple sautéed vegetables, tempura, and hearty

items like stewed sparerib and baked salted orange roughy. It was designed to go down easy

with sake and they have plenty of that here. It’s delicious whatever you accompany it with.

1133 Highland, MB. (310) 796-1888.


King Harbor Brewing Co

After finishing runner up to the Strand Brewing Co. in their first year of existence last year, King Harbor

Brewing Co unseated the four time consecutive winner. Redondo Beach’s only brewery stoked both the

beer connoisseurs and casual beer drinkers with their IPA, the versatile pale ale “The Quest” (interchangeable

with different hops throughout the year), “Swirly,” a brown ale with a hint of coffee that creates the

taste of a soft serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream cone and “Cerveza Hermosa,” a Mexican style amber


“We thought, ‘How can we make kickass beer, but one that doesn’t have to have to be super high in ABV

[alcohol by volume]?” Founder Tom Dunbabin said. “We wanted 4.5 to 6 percent rating, so you could enjoy

dinner and have four or five pints and still get home on a beach cruiser…I mean, it’s cool, but if I drink a

9 percent stout, I’m toast….We wanted a beer you could put in a coffee cup and ride your bike to the pier,

something that fits our South Bay lifestyle, thank you South Bay!”

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At first it must have seemed like a wacky idea: put a beer-oriented pub in

the middle of a wine-centered town. It may have been the smartest business

decision in recent history. Simmzy’s is easily the busiest restaurant in Manhattan

Beach, packed almost from the moment they open each day. There are

over 25 different beers on tap here and the selection changes regularly. Patrons

have been known to study the chalkboard beer menu intently while waiting

in line to get in. The food menu was deliberately crafted to go along with the

flavors of beer and ales and the whole package has been so successful that

other Simmzy’s have opened using this place as a template. The Simms Brothers

of Kettle fame are heroes to the local beer community for championing

the brew. Other restaurateurs must wish they’d thought of it first.

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Baja Sharkeez

“Buy any feature drink and get another for 25 cents” helps explain what makes Baja Sharkeez’s

Happy Hour the Best of the Beach. Combine that with great grinds and complimentary

chips and salsa. “Our tasty little pick-ups like our Spicy Queso Dip and our Mini Mex

Combos are awesome,” said director of marketing Jeff Tyler Ganz. “We have one of the

most vibrant social atmospheres in the South Bay,” he said. Baja Sharkeez throws the happiest

of hours from 3 to 7. Monday through Friday.

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The original margarita cocktail was a simple concoction of tequila with citrus and a dash

of Triple Sec orange liqueur. The salted rim was a later addition and maybe the first of

many variations. Subsequent variations have included agave nectar, chipotle chili, mango,

jalapeno, and raspberries. You can taste the classic and the spinoffs in style at Palmilla,

choosing your preferred style and brand of tequila or asking your bartender to suggest one.

If you’re there with a friend you might ask for an original and something like their ginger

margarita and exchange sips so as to appreciate the original and the innovation in one sitting.

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There is perhaps no drink that evokes as much argument

as the martini. Originally conceived as a mix of

gin and vermouth in a two to one ratio, it has come to

be made with little or no vermouth, garnishes of olives

with or without pimento, splashes of pickle juice, a lime

or a lemon twist or even (heresy!) with vodka. (This isn’t

even counting the things that are called martinis but

contain none of the iconic ingredients.) The people at

Bouzy know their way around all these combinations

and will mix whatever you like, or you can ask them to

surprise you and craft the martini they’d make if they

were drinking it themselves. And that, dear readers, is

how to get a truly great martini.

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Neighborhood bar

Wine Restaurant

Bottle Inn

Italian food was invented with wine in mind, because that has been the drink of all

classes since the glory days of the Roman Empire. It’s in the genetic heritage of Italian

restaurants, and good ones pay attention to maintaining a well-stocked cellar. Great ones

maintain an abundantly stocked and thoughtfully curated collection. That’s what you find

at The Bottle Inn. At both their original location in Hermosa and the new one in Redondo

there are bottles from all over the world and at almost every price point. Whether you want

a simple glass to pair with your pasta or a magnum of Super Tuscan, they have you covered.

26 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach., (310) 376-9595.

1700 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 543-6800.


Even with the passing of longtime owner Gary Moore last September, Ercoles continues

to hold fort in a rapidly changing Manhattan Beach.

“We are excited to carry on for Gary,” said manager Dennis Scott, who’s been going to

Ercoles for 30-plus years. He’s a part of the family; his wife is Gary’s niece. “We want to

carry on the tradition of being the neighborhood bar and food establishment in the sweet

world of Manhattan Beach.”

Free pretzels and cheetos at the bar and specials like Dodger dogs for a dollar, two burgers

)a BOB winner!) for the price of one on Wednesdays and three tacos for $5 on Thursdays

have preserved Ercoles’ reputation as the beach’s most popular neighborhood bar.

“Our employees take pride in making the best and most affordable food for the neighborhood,”

he said. “We enjoy pouring quality, nice drinks that everybody can partake in.”

1101 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-1997.

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Wine Bar

Friends of the Vine

Some people don’t understand what a wine bar really is – you can go to a bar and order

wine, so why not just do that? One answer is that at most bars wine is an afterthought, and

the selection may be limited, the bartenders not familiar with their stock because it’s one

product of many. Another is that wine is a perishable product, so a place that serves just

that may keep many fresh bottles on hand. These are both partial reasons for the popularity

of Friends of The Vine, Redondo‘s side street wine bar, but another is the community that

assembles here. Stop in for a glass or two and you're likely to fall into conversations with

fellow oenophiles, and suddenly it feels like you’re at a convivial party rather than a public

place. This is where you can drink a little wine, buy some for later, and catch up with your

community while you’re at it.

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If there’s a sweet beat being played in the South Bay, most likely it’s coming from the

turntables of South Bay native DJ DIK.

“This past year was dominated mostly by my Friday night residency at American Junkie.

We are continuing it through the summer,” DJ DIK said. “Another staple has been my Thursday

night residency at Sharkeez Hermosa w/ DJ BlackSheep who’s been working hard

around town and deserves a respected mention.”

Besides locally, DJ DIK’s been holding residencies at 41 Ocean, Brick+Mortar and Buffalo

Club in Santa Monica with a few destination weddings in Hawaii and random private

and corporate events for a long list

of clients. Last October, while DJ

DIK was mixing the wheels at

American Junkie, Justin Bieber

jumped on stage.

“We did a couple songs together

and it was a pretty wild night.

Somehow it made its way onto

TMZ,” laughed Justin Bieber.

“No matter what venue or event

I'm playing any given night, I can

mold into that scene without anybody

noticing,” he said. “I can't

thank the South Bay enough for the

support and putting up with me

year end and year out. I'm just trying

to do my part to keep everybody

around here having fun.”

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Sports Bar

Patrick Molloy’s

Sports Pub

Like any sports bar, football games

pack the booths and seats of Patrick

Molloy’s. Each of the bar’s 30 TV sets

is tuned to a game and the place gets


But the craziest night in recent memory

for Vi Nguyen, manager and 13 year

veteran of Molloy’s, took place last

month, for UFC 196 — the night that

brash Irish fighter Conor McGregor suffered

a submission loss to Nate Diaz.

“We were packed. People were calling

in all week to reserve spots,”

Nguyen said. The bar was jammed to

the rafters. Fight fans were lined up out

the door, and many had to be turned

away. “We could barely squeeze through

the walkways,” she said.

The passion isn’t limited to fight nights though. The recent NCAA tournament, and the

bar’s bracket contest, gave fans the chance to play against each other and possibly win a

TV in the process.

“We like to give people more of a reason to be here than just great food and beer,” she


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Original Local Band

Andy and Renee

Months ago, Redondo Beach’s Avenue A Bar and Grill went before the City’s Planning

Commission seeking to extend their hours. They had a massive show of support behind

them, customer after customer praising their business…while also praising regular Avenue

A weekend musical act Andy & Renee.

“We have a very passionate following,” Andy said, laughing.

“Passionate” is right. He and Renee Safier play three to four nights a week at venues

across the South Bay, and are so popular that fans follow the pair along their circuit.

Hill and Safier have played together for the better part of 30 years, initially meeting in

college before reuniting in the late 1980s. Today they play in restaurants, perform in-home

private shows and put together events, such as this year’s 26th Annual Dylanfest.

“Everyone likes to say music is the backdrop to life. If you’ve been playing for 20 to 30

years, like us, then your music is that backdrop,” Hill said. “We’ve managed to construct a

career out of the passionate support of a few hundred people.”

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Sports Bar Food

Shark’s Cove

When Taylor Kiedrowski,

manager at Shark’s Cove, is

asked why the South Bay

loves her restaurant’s food,

she doesn’t mince words.

“Because we don’t serve

[crappy] sports bar food,” she

said — meaning the litany of

frozen, flash-fried, sauce-covered

monstrosities that one

might find at corner pubs.

Shark’s Cove, Keidrowski

said, hangs their hat on fresh,

attractive plates one wouldn’t

normally expect to eat while

watching a ballgame. Roasted

brussels sprouts, grilled artichoke

and steamed clams are

among the options.

She also touts the bar’s rotating

selection of draft beers, as well as the friendly regulars who aren’t afraid to poke fun

at a reporter over his choice of baseball headwear.

“That’s why we’re here,” she said, laughing.

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Ragin Cajun

When the craving for

Louisiana food hits, the Ragin

Cajun is the first place we think

of. Many locals learned about

Cajun food from their experiences

at the original location on

Pier Avenue in Hermosa. Redondo’s

rustic roadhouse keeps

dealing out the rice and beans,

gumbo, po-boy sandwiches,

and other fare that are dear to

a Southerner’s heart. It’s home

cooking from the home we

wish we had, where there’s always

a pot of something delicious

simmering on the back of

the stove. Then again, that home might not have had a moonshine bar or the ability to make

a great hurricane cocktail, which they can certainly do at the Ragin Cajun, so going there

for lunch, brunch, or dinner is even better.

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Chris Sutter,

Old Venice

To say that Chris Sutter enjoys working at Old Venice would be a massive understatement.

“He was handing out menus before

we even hired him,” said

owner Julie Hantzarides. “He’s got

this infectious personality. He’s so

positive and it feels good to be

around him.”

Sutter’s worked at Old Venice

for little more than a year and a

half, but the joy’s still there. Upon

learning he was voted as the Best

of the Beach, he smiled, then kept

a stiff upper lip — until he walked

around a corner, and silently

pumped his fists in celebration.

“Everybody should enjoy going

to work as much as he does,” Sutter’s

father, Darryl, said.

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Ocean Bar

Ocean Bar manager Greg Simms promises a good time, with class.

“We have a stricter dress code than most, and we’re a bit higher end,” he said.

His bar, upstairs from Abigaile Restaurant and featuring a rooftop deck, turns from laidback

lounge and restaurant to dance club on Friday and Saturday nights, featuring rotating

DJs from across L.A. and Las Vegas.

He doesn’t deny that the bar can get crazy, but he promises a much more laid-back vibe

than one might get by going a block to the west.

“This,” he said, “isn’t a ‘bro bar.’”

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Underage Band

Riley Arts Gallery

Ninety percent of the pieces in Kim Riley’s gallery come from local artists. And unlike

many lesser galleries, Riley features more than just images of beaches and piers.

“We like to have stuff that no one else has,” she said, including vintage prints from Disneyland,

as well as classic concert and movie posters.

Riley Arts Gallery features the work of John Van Hamersveld, Brent Broza, Tom Everhart

and architect-turned-artist Michael Murphy.

Kim Riley’s ethos is to feature art that she enjoys as much as her customers do.

“That way, if -- for whatever reason — I have to close up shop, I’ll have a lot of art that I

like to look at.”

1007 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-3681.

Comedy Club regular Jay Leno with club owner Mike Lacey.

Comedy and Magic Club

Chris Rock had a problem, Comedy and Magic Club owner Mike Lacy recalled.

The comic legend was workshopping material for his Oscars hosting gig, hopping from

club to club throughout L.A. But as soon as he stepped off the stage, his jokes had spread

across social media, spoiled by audience members and their cameras.

Then, he got a tip. Jerry Seinfeld told Rock about the Comedy and Magic Club, an intown

place with an out-of-town feel, as comedian Craig Shoemaker calls it.

In two weeks, Lacy recounted, Rock got more work done in Hermosa Beach than he had

made stick in two months.

“It really pays tribute to the South Bay — the people here are so good, they get it, they’re

smart, and they’re not jaded,” Lacy said.

That’s why big-name comedians, like weekly performer Jay Leno, come back, time and

time again.

“It feels more like a cool theater that’s focused on the art form, supporting their efforts,

than a club,” Lacy said.

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11Echo lead singer Kira Levin’s secret to her band’s success is simple. They get their audience.

“We connect, we’re engaging with them and playing songs that everyone can sing along

to,” she said. “It’s just fun to get into it.”

It’s heads-up thinking from a 15-year-old Mira Costa student, but she and her bandmates

are no strangers to self-aware musical thought.

“I really pride myself on how much I know about what’s going on,” keyboardist and

UCLA student Cole Riddle said, rattling off a treatise about jazz great Herbie Hancock’s


Together, Riddle, Levin, drummer Justin Lin, bassist Max Rohde and guitarist Noah

Viklund are the first underage band to play at Fiesta Hermosa, covering popular rock tunes

spanning the decades.

The downside to being an underage band is, as members grow older and move on

(Viklund is heading to Boston’s Berklee School of Music; Lin attends the Orange County

School of Arts in Santa Ana), it’s increasingly difficult to perform shows.

“We’ll continue to gig when everyone is together, though,” Levin said. “We’ve all got

breaks together, so we’ll do whatever we can to keep playing even though we’re apart.”

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Liquor Store

Ocean View Liquor

The key to the success of Ocean View Liquor is as simple as it is rare: the little shop on

Manhattan Avenue near the HB/MB border is genuinely a part of the community it serves.

Owner Norm Kalosh lives across the street with his wife and two kids and he carefully curates

what the store carries in order to best serve his neighbors, many of whom first suggested

some of the

craft beers, wines

and liquors now

Ocean View Liquor’s Norm Kalosh. Photo by Mark McDermott

on the shelves of

Ocean View.

Kalosh’s backstory

is that his father

Albert immigrated

from Syria and ran

a liquor store in

the Valley in the

hope his son

would “go the college

route.” Norm

did go to USC, but

upon graduating

realized he wasn’t

cut out for the corporate

life. Nine

years ago, he

bought the store,

and because he

personally liked

craft beer made it a

“bottle shop” before

the term was in vogue.Per square foot, Ocean View has the finest selection of craft beer arguably

not just in the South Bay but in LA County. Add the men who man the counter,

Kurt, Marco, and Giovanni, each who knows their product, and their customers’ tastes, and

you have an utterly unique liquor store. “I come to work happy every day,” Norm said. “We

don’t take it for granted. We are really fortunate. We really have it good.”

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Live Music Venue

Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg (left) enlists help from 98 Mute’s Doug Weems (right)

during a Saint Rocke performance in 2013 benefiting the Surfrider Foundation.

Photo by Brent Broza

Saint Rocke

Saint Rocke is known as a small club that books big acts, often nationally touring artists

who rarely perform in such intimate settings. In the last year, for example, Big Head Todd,

Ozomatli, the Dan Band, Donavon Frankenreiter, Pennywise, and Citizen Cope have graced

the 280-seat venue’s stage. But it’s also a club that gives local musicians a chance to shine,

such as in its annual Battle of the Bands contest, the winner of which gets to play on the

big stage in the Hermosa Summer Concerts Series (also booked by Saint Rocke). Underlying

everything Saint Rocke does is the passion of those who work there, from owner Allen Sanford

to talent buyer Adam Spriggs (who also books the Kaaboo music festival), manager

and talent buyer (and rock star) Katie Henley, heavenly bartender Hannah Seven, and the

whole cast of beautiful characters who grace the club day in and day out. “My team works

day and night to bring the best live music possible to the South Bay,” Henley said. “All genres,

six nights a week. It's definitely not easy or glamorous. But without a doubt, it's a

labor of love... One show at a time.”

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his 10th annual fundraiser hosted by the Woman’s Club of

Hermosa Beach was again a success, raising over $20,000

for this year’s beneficiary Walk With Sally - One Child At A

Time. On Saturday, March 5, guests enjoyed delicious food, live

music, magic and much more! Held at the Kiwanis Hall in Hermosa

Beach, this event joined together dignitaries, civic leaders,

families, guests young and old for a great cause.




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1. Hermosa Beach City Councilman

Hany Fangary, George

Barks, Andrea Valcourt, HB

Mayor Carolyn Petty and HB

Chamber of Commerce CEO

Kim MacMullan

2. Daughters Abigail and

Madeline with father Mike Foster.

3. Guest Speaker Nora

Muniz with daughter Marley, a

Walk With Sally mentee and

WWS founder/CEO Nick Arquette.

4. Guest magician, Hollywood

Stars of Magic

Sisuepahn Silk Pnila performs.

5. HB Woman’s Club Co-Presidents

Liane Wallace and Lulu

Buffet with founder, chair and

2x cancer survivor Adrienne


6. Active Woman’s Club

members Pat Wooley and

Vera Jimenez organize appetizers

with Mira Costa High

School Key Club volunteers

5 6



7. Even chair Adrienne

Slaughter with CenterCal Properties

Mickey Marraffino and

HB Kiwanis Club President Lisa


8. Feed The Kitty’s Jed Mottley,

Jeremy Stowell and Jack

Maher entertained with Jack


9. Bibi Goldstein, Darryl Vanden

Einde, Linda Buffington,

Assemblyman David Hadley,

Mark Goldstein, Irv and Carrie

Anne Blevins

Kathy Doer, Zane’s

Kathy Doer’s practically a fixture at Zane’s, tending bar at the Hermosa

restaurant for more than six years. She’s totaled a lot of beverages

in her lifetime, but what keeps her coming back, night in and night out,

are the customers.

“It’s the people and the relationships that I build that I enjoy,” she


Though she’s happy that many customers come back for her signature

cocktail, a lemon-basil martini, she’s particularly proud of her memory

for faces and, particularly, drinks.

“I’ll recognize a face,” she said. “Not always their name, but always

what they drink. They could be gone for years and come back, and I’ll

still remember it.”

“I don’t know what it is. A name will sometimes slip me, but a drink

never does.”

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We take pride in our accomplishments with countless of completed projects from small project to new

construction homes throughout Los Angeles, and West Valley area, and thrive to provide our customers

with the best possible service, helping our client with remodeling ideas and solutions that will fit their vision

along with the budget.

EZ Builders specializes Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Room Additions,roofing, painting

and much more.

Lic# 888955

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Owner & Family Operated since 1992

EZ Builders






Pete Fer Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

available 24/7

q Pete Fer Plumbing is a complete mechanical contracting company, providing

plumbing, heating and air conditioning for new construction, remodel, service and

repair to commercial and residential customers. They provide 24 hour service, seven

days a week through an automated emergency dispatch paging system. Mention

Peninsula People to one of their service technicians and receive $20 off your first

service call.

(310) 831-0737

Peveler’s Custom Interiors promises

best renovation value

q Peveler's Custom Interiors has been serving the South Bay and for over 35

years. A full service design-build construction company, their work includes additions,

second floors, complete house renovations, new construction, kitchen and bath remodeling.

They manufacture their own custom cabinetry. Peveler’s is not going to be

the lowest price nor will it be the highest price in town. They will be the company

that provides highest value. Please visit their showroom.

4203 Spencer Street, Torrance (310) 214-5049

Shilpark Paint

q Shilpark Paint has excellent custom color matching skills so that you’ll always

get the right color! Or find the perfect color in one of our color displays to make

your living space truly your own. We

offer personalized, professional service.

Our steadfast goal of unequaled customer

satisfaction remains our highest

priority. Still family owned and operated,

our goal is your satisfaction!

Shilpark is a proud dealer of Benjamin

Moore Paint to deliver the finest products,

with ease of use, longest durability,

with the lowest V.O.C.’s, that meet the

all the green standards!

15617 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale

(310) 676-6760

23134 Normandie Ave.,

Torrance (310) 784-1920





Simply Tiles Design

Center brings dreams home

q Visit Simply Tiles’ showroom for a gathering of fine ceramic, natural stone tiles

and slabs. Simply Tiles also offers expert design, fabrication and installation. Let Simply

Tiles help your dream home become a reality. Enjoy the ease and comfort of

one stop shopping. Visit the new design showroom for all your remodeling and contracting


Specializing in kitchen and bathroom design and construction from start to finish.

Featuring custom cabinets and plumbing fixtures for every budget. We will offer suggestions

and recommendations on flooring to match. And before you finish, ask

about custom backsplash designs from their exclusive collections.

3968 Pac Coast Hwy, Torrance (310) 373-7781

License #904876

South Coast Botanic Garden

q Covering 87 acres, the South Coast Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of

blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers all year. Visit the Garden often and you won’t

miss out! Right now the garden is in the middle of spring bloom time. Soon there will

be a transition into early summer, and everywhere you look is color. Our flowering

fruit trees look spectacular, but they won’t last long. We have plant sales, community

celebrations, concerts, art exhibits, movie nights and the current Nature Connects

exhibit - featuring 27 nature-themed sculptures crafted from LEGO building blocks.

Open every day: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last ticket sale at 4:30 p.m.). Follow us on Facebook,

Twitter and Instagram.

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula (310) 544-1948




Cleaning & Restoration

• Marble polishing

• Travertine & Limestone

honing & polishing

• Tile & Grout

cleaning & sealing

Free Advice

& Estimates

Call George


Lic. #1005861








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What we do…

Plumbing, Electrical,

Drywall, Painting

& more.

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Simply Tiles Design Center

Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.

Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.

3968 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance • (310) 373-7781 •

License #904876

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Beach Magazine

Pub Date: May 12, 2016 • Deadline Date: April 27, 2016


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