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Volume 47, Issue 36

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Volume 47, Issue 36

ON THE COVER

Hermosa Beach women restaurateurs.

Cover photo (left to

right), Lisa Cassity and Lauren

Copeland (Hook and Plow), Lisa

Hemmat (Playa Hermosa

Oysters and Fish), Bre Kelleher

(Hook and Plow), Katy Metoyer

(Sugar Dayne), and Melba

Rodriguez (Chef Melba’s).

Michael Burstein is a probate and estate planning

attorney. A graduate of the University of California,

Hastings College of the Law in 1987, he is admitted

to the California, Kansas and Oklahoma Bars and

is a member of the Order of Distinguished Attorneys

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BEACH PEOPLE

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Hermosa Beach has offered fertile ground for women taking charge in the

traditionally male-run restaurant business.

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A vote of thanks

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bit richer than it would be otherwise. Just how much richer is evident

in the stories and photos of local restaurants and clubs that appear

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Nearly 6,000 readers participated in the Best of the Beach 2017 balloting,

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S O U T H B AY

CAL ENDAR

Loads of weekend fun for the entire family at the Our Lady of Guadalupe

Parish Fiesta. Rides, games, food, live entertainment, beer & wine garden

for the adults, raffle and silent auction. April 21-23. 320 Massey Street, Hermosa

Beach. Fiestaolg.com.

Thursday, April 13

Body, Mind, Soul

Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) hosts Sandra

Ruckdasche, a Certified Yoga and

Chopra Center Instructor. In this first

of a series of five health programs on

Ayurvedic Lifestyle, participants will

learn about the Layers of Life, Three

Mind-Body Principles called “Doshas”,

introduction to Primordial Sound Meditation

and an introduction to Ayurveda

as a consciousness-based healing system.

4 - 5:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance

Blvd., Redondo Beach. Advance registration

required. Call 310-376-3550 or

visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.

Meet the Grunions

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium “Meet the

Grunion” program. Aquarium opens at

8 p.m. A film on grunion begins at 9

p.m. in the Olguin Auditorium. Prior to

the predicted run, everyone will gather

on the beach to await the grunion. The

program cost is $5 for adults and $1 for

seniors, students, and children. Warm

clothing is recommended. 3720

Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.

For further information, or to receive a

calendar of events, call (310) 548-7562

or visit our website at cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

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Friday, April 14

Medicine, Munchies and

Movies

The MemorialCare Senior Plus Program

at Long Beach Memorial’s free

health education lecture titled “All

About Back and Neck Pain.” Azadeh

Farin, M.D., neurosurgeon, Spine Center,

Long Beach Memorial, will host a

45-minute lecture on back and neck

pain and a 15-minute Q&A session, followed

by a screening of “Loving,” a

2016 American historical drama film

that tells the story of Richard and Mildred

Loving and their landmark case.

12 - 4 p.m. Long Beach Memorial,

Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave.,

Long Beach. Free lunch provided. Call

(562) 933-1650 to register. For more

Senior Plus events, visit Memorial-

Care.org/LBEvents.

Saturday, April 15

Book Sale

Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library

Sale. Used books, cd’s & dvd’s

all at bargain prices. 9 a.m. - noon 1309

Bard Street, behind Stars Antiques,

one-half block west of the library. For

information visit hbfol.org. For help

with picking up large book donations,

contact Folhb16@gmail.com, or leave a

message at the library by calling (310)

379-8475.

For kids

Hope Chapel Community Easter Egg

Hunt. Fun for the kids with bounce

houses, game booths, face painting,

bubble show and more. Free. 9 a.m. -

noon. Hermosa Valley Park, 2521 Valley

Drive, Hermosa Beach.

hopechapel.org/ easter for more details.

Get the dirt

Composting Workshop for Beginners.

Open to LA County residents. 9:30 - 11

a.m. Hesse Park, Fireside Room, 29301

Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.

Free. rpvca.gov.

Aboard the Eggspress

Southern California Live Steamers

Eggspress Train & Egg Hunt. Egg hunt

for 12 & under only. Limit 5 eggs each

hunter. Surprise visit from a lagomorph

is highly probably. $5 each boarding

ticket (cash only please) 10 a.m. - 12

p.m. Wilson Park, 2290 Washington

Ave., Torrance. For more information

and a list of public run days visit southerncalifornialivesteamers.org.

All about the Earth

Celebrate Earth Day at the Sustainability

Fest at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Games, interactive activities, and

demonstrations. Live music and food.

Admission is free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3720

Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.

For more information call (310) 548-

7562.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Green thumbs needed

Learn to create those beautiful Living

Walls you have seen. 10 - 11 a.m. Manhattan

Beach Botanical Garden, Amphitheatre

in the Center of the Garden,

1237 N Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Free parking on Peck Ave. or the adjacent

lot at the north end of Peck. For

questions leave a message with Julie at

(310) 546-1354 or Julie@manhattanbeachbotanicalgarden.org.

Sunday, April 16

Drumming

Free to Be Me Family Friendly Fun

Drum Circle. Every third Sunday of the

month from noon - 3 p.m. Facilitated

Rhythmic games for the whole family.

Meets at the water’s edge under the

Hermosa Beach Pier. Bring friends,

family, drums, and percussion instruments

(otherwise provided). No experience

necessary. For more information

contact the director Sabina Sandoval

(310) 944-5475 or visit freetobemedrumcircle.com.

Monday, April 17

Chinese Auction

Have you ever been to a Chinese

Auction? This fundraiser for the Redondo

Woman’s Club is a great way to

acquire gifts for yourself or someone

else. Viewing of the items starts at 10

a.m. A short meeting will be at 11 a.m.

followed by lunch. The auction begins

once lunch if finished. The luncheon

plus 10 tickets, is $20 at the door. More

tickets can also be purchased. Bring

your friends and neighbors to get in on

the fun. All proceeds will go to local

charities. Woman’s Club historical

clubhouse, 400 S. Broadway, Redondo

Beach. For reservations, please contact

Karen at (310) 339-4818.

Tuesday, April 18

Sierra Club hikes

Summer is not far off and the beach

is beckoning. Now is the time to hike

with the Sierra club to get back in

shape from the winter hiatus. Free

hikes led by certified outing leaders.

There are hikes for everyone, ranging

from newcomers to experts. South Bay

hike: A moderate, 1 ½ hour, 4 plus mile

hike on the greenbelt and hilly streets

of Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.

Meet every Tuesday for 7 p.m. departure

at the parking lot near the Hermosa

Valley School, 1645 Valley Drive,

Hermosa Beach. This is a good introductory

hike for some of the more challenging

hikes below. These hikes and

many more outings are listed at angeles.sierraclub.org/activities.

For more

information call Paul Rosenberger (310)

545-3531.

Wednesday, April 19

Palliative Care

Cancer Support Community-Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) hosts Glen Komatsu

MD, Chief Medical Officer for

Providence TrinityCare Hospice. Learn

how being prepared can help during serious

illness and family caregiving. 5 -

6:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo

Beach. Advance registration required.

(310) 376-3550 or visit

cancersupportredondobeach.org.

Thursday, April 20

Earthly celebration

Earth Day Celebration at the Palos

Verdes Promenade. Free. 3 - 6 p.m. 550

Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.

For more information call (310) 541-

0688 or visit promenadeonthepeninsula.com.

Nourishment for Body,

Mind, and Soul

Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) hosts Sandra

Ruckdasche, a Certified Yoga and

Chopra Center Instructor. This program

on Ayurvedic Lifestyle Health

will focus on proper digestion, guidelines

for a healthy appetite, introduction

to the Six Tastes, enhancing

digestion with herbs and spices and an

introduction to Body Intelligence Techniques.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance

Blvd., Redondo Beach. (310)

376-3550 or visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.

Friday, April 21

Fiesta weekend

Loads of weekend fun for the whole

family at the Our Lady of Guadalupe

Parish Fiesta. Rides, games, food, live

entertainment, beer & wine garden for

the adults, raffle and silent auction. Friday

5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 12 - 10 p.m.,

Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. 320 Massey Street,

Hermosa Beach. Fiestaolg.com.

Saturday, April 22

Take it to the next level

Pier to Pier run/walk with GI Joe. 8

Calendar cont. on page 43


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each dining

Women restaurateurs of Hermosa Beach are on the march. From left to right, Lisa Cassity, Lauren Copeland, Lisa Hemmat, Bre Kelleher, Katy Metoyer and Chef

Melba Rodriguez. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

She’s in

Women restaurateurs in Hermosa Beach are owning the game

chargeby Esther Kang

Many of us grew up watching our mothers

or grandmothers ruling over the kitchen.

Soiled aprons and the backs of their

heads looming over steaming pots and pans as the

rest of the family awaits the call, “Dinner is

ready!” — it’s a tradition embedded across generations

and cultures.

Yet this stereotype does not necessarily translate

into the professional realm. The restaurant industry

is dominated by male owners, buyers and

chefs, while 72 percent of wait staff positions are

held by women, according to statistics from the

National Restaurant Association. The number of

female-owned restaurants is on the rise nationwide,

but a sizable gender gap in the higher ranks

of the hospitality industry remains.

Against this backdrop, Hermosa Beach is rising

up as a trailblazer. Over the last few years, the city

has seen a growing prevalence of female restaurateurs,

chefs and entrepreneurs, who are determinedly

overthrowing the status quo. The reason

is unclear — some credit the community’s relaxed

and homey ethos while others suggest sheer coincidence

— but the city has nevertheless become a

breeding ground for female-owned restaurants,

successful ones at that. We spoke with eight Hermosa

Beach-based female restaurateurs, both seasoned

and new, to shed light on their experiences

as underdogs who are owning the game.

“Are you the owner’s wife?"

In 1981, Tonya Beaudet and her late husband

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Maurice noticed an unusual sign hanging on the

door of their favorite restaurant, The Spot. “Here

today, gone to Maui,” it read. The owner, an avid

surfer, was looking to sell the iconic eatery and

move to the islands. The young couple, in their

mid-20s at the time, jumped at the opportunity.

“The next thing is, we buy it,” recalled Beaudet,

a Hawthorne native, now 62.

Cozy, quaint and tucked away on 2nd Street

next to Beach Drive, The Spot is the longest existing

vegetarian restaurant in LA County. When her

husband passed away in 1995, Beaudet became

the sole owner, reinventing the restaurant’s menu

(all recipes are Beaudet’s creations) and interior

design. Her trademark veggie-burger — a blend of

rice, tofu, nuts, pinto beans, Tamari, soy cheese

and spices — is so highly regarded that it was featured

on the Discovery Channel a few years ago.

It’s been a challenging labor of love — from

bookkeeping, budgeting and overseeing her staff

of eight to working as the head chef. Yet, for many

years, the rightful credit did not come her way, she

said. Many assumed that a man was orchestrating

the business behind the scenes.

“People would walk into the restaurant and ask,

‘Are you the owner’s wife?’” Beaudet said. “They

never assumed that a woman would be the owner.

I don’t hear that anymore.”

“I have a tone in my voice"

Next door to The Spot, Tammie’s Corner House

Cafe has been up and running since 2008. For

owner Tammie Los, a seasoned pastry chef who

worked for years in hotels and restaurants in Santa

Monica and San Francisco, her foray into running

her own business began with baking exquisite

muffins in her Redondo Beach home. After selling

wholesale to local businesses for several years, she

opened her first brick-and-mortar — a cafe in Torrance

— when her daughter turned 7. Nearly 10

years later, with the vision of expanding her pastry

and muffin heavy menu to include a full breakfast

menu, she took over the nook that was once Le

Petit Cafe.

Los, 54, credits much of the restaurant’s success

to her now adult daughter, Shanie, who since a

young age helped run the business, from flipping

eggs to scrubbing the floors. When Los underwent

a double mastectomy a few years ago, Shanie

helped run the restaurant as owner and manager.

Until then, Los said, she was working nearly 100

hours per week running her brunch joint. These

years of experience have toughened both her and

Shanie, dealing with both demeaning, oblivious

customers to disrespectful staff members.

“I have a tone in my voice — I have this tone

I’ve had for years,” Los said. “People tell me it

sounds intimidating, and that’s because you have

to be. You have to carry a stance and stand tall because

the minute you don’t, it’s natural for men

to want to be dominant.”

But those “rotten eggs” come through only once

in awhile, she said. Los is proud of the tight-knit

community of Hermosa Beach, from the many


customers who poured in donations to help with

her cancer-related medical bills, to the neighboring

business owners like Tonya from The Spot,

who always have her back and vice versa. She’s

so familiar with her regulars that she feels like an

“extra grandma” to their newborn babies.

“To me it’s not even a competition,” Los said of

other local restaurants. “It’s a community. It’s all

of us coming together as one. There’s plenty of

restaurants and food for everyone. My customers

probably go here and there like I do when I go

out to eat.”

“Take the bull by the horns"

Melba Rodriguez, owner of Chef Melba’s Bistro

on Hermosa Avenue, came to ownership after

many years as a self-described “head honcho” in

the corporate world, honing her skills as executive

chef and operations manager at King’s Fish

House and McCormick & Schmick’s. In 2005, the

El Salvador native conceived her own restaurant,

a dinner-only, farm-to-table eatery that serves

fresh wild fish.

“It’s been a heck of an adventure,” she said.

Her approach is very hands-on, running the

restaurant with her 10 staff members from behind

the lines while remaining an effusive frontof-the-house

presence.

Rodriguez said she feels empowered by the

news that women restaurateurs are increasingly

prevalent locally. She noted that when Mc-

Cormick first hired her as an executive chef in

1990, she was the only woman among the staff

of 26. She credits her success in the industry to

her hardheadedness and perseverance.

Skylar Tourigny, owner of the soon-to-open

Decadence. Photo by Brad Jacobson

“If you look at my street, there are three

women running businesses,” she said. “We’re

very aggressive and direct when we negotiate. We

know the numbers. Business logistics, we understand

it more. We’re not afraid anymore to actually

take the bull by the horns.”

Similarly, the Source Cafe's Amber Caudle,

who spent her formative years of classical culinary

training in Colorado, Napa Valley, Italy and

Spain, often found herself as the only woman in

the culinary training program. For nearly a

decade, Caudle worked as executive chef at

Mediterraneo on Pier Plaza, until a hip surgery

ended her career there.

Her determination to heal herself through food

ignited a passion for health foods. She singlehandedly

opened the Source Cafe at the Beach on Pier

Avenue, specializing in paleo, vegan, raw, glutenfree,

soy-free dishes that are organic and GMOfree.

She and her baker/business partner Cindy

Van Pelt run the restaurant together, overseeing

a staff of 26 employees. For Caudle, there’s not a

distinctive difference between running a restaurant

with male partners or with a fellow woman.

It feels the same, she said.

“There’s just so much handwork and passion

that go in,” said Caudle, who is working on a

cookbook. “It’s a tough business; you’ve got to

love it.”

“It would be a different world"

Three out of the four owners at the neighboring

Hook & Plow are women. In 2014, couple Brian

and Bre Kelleher, formerly with Rok Sushi, as

partner and bar manager respectively, teamed up

with twin sisters Lauren Copelan and Lisa Cassity,

who at the time were running Barnacles Tavern

on Hermosa Avenue. The foursome

conceived the farm-to-table, ocean-to-plate California

cuisine joint from scratch. It’s been so successful

that they recently opened a second

business together — the Hooked Poke Market by

the pier. All four take turns on the floor managing,

bartending and serving, all the while raising

their young children.

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“I always say that women should

be running our country,” Bre Kelleher

said. “It would be a different

world. We’re really good at multitasking,

and we have a calmness

about us. We’re good at delegating,

being quick and fast. The restaurant

being such a fast-paced business,

that’s important. … All of us could

pick up each other’s role if we

needed to.”

New on the block

Just a few weeks ago, Pier Plaza

welcomed the opening of Playa

Hermosa Oysters & Fish, restaurateur

Lisa Hemmat’s new venture.

Hemmat, who has owned Lido di

Manhattan for 13 years, said she

and her partner Levi Lupercio

jumped at the opportunity to take

over the prime location and open a

specialized seafood restaurant

when Killer Shrimp moved out.

They manage a team of some 35

employees.

Hemmat, who was just 23 and

fresh out of USC with a business

entrepreneurship degree when she

took over Lido di Manhattan, said

she’s had to overcome stereotypes

as a young restaurant owner. Many

people assumed the restaurant was

a hand-me-down from her parents,

she said. But overall her experience

as a female restaurateur has been

positive, she said.

“To me it didn’t keep me down or

anything,” Hemmat said of the

male-dominated environment. “I

like to inspire other women and

enjoy working with other women.

Some of my key people on my team

are women … I don’t feel like I’ve

been discriminated against. People

are empowering. Customers and

vendors love it."

Two new women-owned restaurants

will be opening up this summer:

Decadence, an upscale,

full-bar restaurant focusing on California

cuisine with an Asian twist

on Hermosa Avenue; and Sugar

Dayne, a cookie studio on Pier Avenue.

Decadence’s Skylar Tourigny

owned Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan

Beach for nearly five years,

until her lease expired recently. She

said she explored some potential

spots for the new restaurant in LA

and Long Beach but saw a niche to

fill in her Hermosa Beach neighborhood.

She said she knows very few female

restaurateurs, likely because

they’re busy on the floor working

alongside their staff.

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“I feel that these people are a little

bit more humble,” Tourigny said. “A

lot of times people didn’t know that

I owned the restaurant because I’m

out there serving. I like to serve a

couple days a week and hang out

with the locals. It started out because

we were short-staffed but I

realized it’s kind of fun."

“I’m not the best server,” she

added with a laugh.

“I would’ve fired

myself a long time

ago. But the customers

are nice

about it.”

Hermosa native

Katy Metoyer of

Sugar Dayne is optimistic

about her

first brick-and-mortar

business, where

she plans to host

cookie decorating

classes, sell state-ofthe-art

cookies and

cakes, and invite internationally

acclaimed

cookie

designers to the studio.

Sugar Dayne

will occupy the

space where Chef

Wang’s was for several

decades.

“My life has changed a lot,” said

Metoyer, who recently was the

keynote speaker at LA CookieCon.

“I do everything around here. I help

my husband with his company, run

my kids to baseball. I’m excited, I

love what I do. I’m not worried or

overwhelmed. This is what I do

every day." B

Tonya Beaudet, owner of The Spot.

Photo by Anthony Hernandez

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2017 Dining & Entertainment

Best

of the Beach

American BBQ

Dickey’s

Yes, it’s a mall location rather than a

down-home barbeque shack, but the flavors

here are straight from a Southern

smokehouse. They have all the favorites:

ribs, chicken, pulled pork, sausages, and

brisket, with appropriate sides and free ice

cream to finish. It would take you a lot of

hours at the smoker, fryer, and stove to do

anything like this at home, so why not relax

and let the pros from Dallas handle this

one.

407 N Pacific Coast Hwy # 102, RB,

424-398-0042, Dickies.com.

>> Runner-up: Britts BBQ

408 Main St., El Segundo.

(310) 640-0408. bbqelsegundoca.com

Asian Fusion

Little Sister

Authentic Asian fusion might sound like

a contradiction in terms, since fusion implies

a careless, even dismissive, attitude

toward tradition. Little Sister is an exception

because rather than offering a bland

or Americanized version of Southeast Asian

flavors and cooking techniques they offer

the genuine zest and spiciness. Vietnamese

rice rolls, Burmese curries, Indonesian

meatballs, and Chinese noodle dishes are

presented in all their glorious flavor. When

something on this menu warns that a dish

is spicy, garlicky, or sour you should believe

it.

1131 Manhattan Avenue, MB. 310-545-

2096, Littlesistermb.com.

>> Runner-up: Fusion Sushi

1150 Morningside Dr., MB.

(310) 802-1160.

Fusionsushi.com

1200 Pacific Coast Hwy., #101, HB.

(310) 318-2781.

Myfusionsushi.com

Bagel

Manhattan Bread & Bagel

Given that they make their bagels using

several different flours, and that some have

fillings and toppings, Manhattan Bread and

Bagel achieves a remarkable consistency.

Kevin Contreras, Joey Alford and James Henry show off Dickey’s pulled

pork sandwich. Photo by Richard Foss

Little Sister. Photo by by Jason Speth

Purveyors of real deal bagels, the folks at Manhattan Bread & Bagel. File

photo

No matter what you order it’s the real deal

bagel, a slight chewiness to the exterior, but

soft inside. Whether you’re a bagel snob

who spurns anything other than the New

York classics or someone who welcomes

ingredients like jalapenos, chocolate chips,

and cranberry flax, there’s something excellent

for you here.

1812 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-7553. ManhattanBread.com.

>> Runner-up: Noah’s Bagels

330 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan

Beach. (310) 937-2206.

Noahs.com

Bakery bread

Manhattan Bread & Bagel

Yes, there is a difference between an artisan

loaf and the stuff you pick up at the

store, and you’ll notice it as soon as you cut

into the loaf. Feel the crust on that sourdough

loaf or baguette? It’s what happens

when you hand-form bread and give it time

to rise. Smell the nuttiness and hint of

spiciness in that multigrain loaf? It’s what

happens when you use fresh flours and

seeds. And the country white loaf, notice

how light it is instead of just being spongy.

This is why you buy your bread from a

place where they don’t just bake things,

they’re bakers.

1812 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-7553. ManhattanBread.com.

>> Runner-up: Becker’s Bakery & Deli

1025 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach.

(310) 372-3214.

beckersbakeryanddeli.com

Bakery

Becker’s

Yes, that is a Becker’s box on the dining

table, but I can explain. I got in the car for

something else and it drove to Becker’s, all

by itself. Maybe it’s that self-driving car

thing… it couldn’t possibly be that I’ve

been visiting there since I was a little kid

and so did my parents when they were

youngsters. Anyway, I went inside and got

a sandwich, a loaf of bread, and these cupcakes,

and it ran $19.42, the same year the

place was founded. And while I was down

there I saw some people I knew from

school – we all used to hang out there, so

we had some sugar cookies together, just

for old times sake.

1025 Manhattan Avenue, MB. 310-372-

3214, beckersbakeryanddeli.com

>> Runner-up: Torrance Bakery

1341 El Prado Ave., Torrance.

(310) 320-2722.

torrancebakery.com

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Bar food

Sharkeez

Bar food at Sharkeez usually means

Mexican, and we’re talking more than your

average drinkery fare here. Mahi mahi and

mango tacos, anyone? Fresh griddled steak

in a giant burrito, with a mojito on the

side? There are daily specials to keep the

regulars coming back every day, and it all

comes from a kitchen that takes unusual

care to dish out quality grub to accompany

the river of booze that comes from the bar.

52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 318-0004.

3600 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-8811.

sharkeez.net

>> Runner-up: Torrance Tavern

Sports Bar

22735 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 375-9158.

Torrancetavern.com

Bowls

Paradise Bowls

It’s a measure of how health food bowls

have mainstreamed that we had to create

this category this year, and that the winner’s

version is made with items nobody

had heard of a few years ago. Most of the

signature items at Paradise Bowls are based

on the Brazilian tropical berry acai or the

Mexican cactus fruit pitaya, otherwise

known as dragon fruit. Both of these fruits

have a delicate tartness that is a great base

for blending with other fruits and vegetables

and then topped with granola, yogurt,

honey, bee pollen, mango, coconut and

other items. It’s a cool, refreshing, and

healthy breakfast or lunch.

919 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 798-7100.

1246 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach

(310) 374-5284.

Paradisebowls.com

Breakfast muffin

The Kettle

For South Bay locals this is the way the

day starts – not the alarm clock going off,

the shower, or the trip to the corner of

Highland and Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

All of that is prelude to the first sip of

coffee and a bite of a Kettle

Becker’s baked goods are as colorful as they are tasty.

Paradise Bowls redefines breakfast.

breakfast muffin, the bran version for those who like it dense and chewy, blueberry or

orange for those who enjoy fluffy pocket-size cakes. Morning may now start, because

we’re ready to face it now.

1138 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-8511.

thekettle.net

>> Runner-up: Good Stuff

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

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste. 102., Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262

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

Promenade On The Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.

(310) 544-8000

EatGoodStuff.com

Breakfast omelet

Good Stuff

If you’re reading this anytime between dawn and 9 p.m. when their Redondo and Palos

Verdes locations close, it’s a good bet that someone somewhere is eating a Good Stuff omelet.

(The Hermosa and El Segundo locations are only open for breakfast and lunch and they

dish them out, too.) Apparently some people haven’t gotten the news that the fluffy threeegg

omelet stuffed with meats, vegetables,

and sauces are supposed to be consumed

before noon. Or perhaps this is a reflection

of our new multi-speed world – breakfast

is your first meal of the day, and if you

wake up at 2 p.m your first meal is still

breakfast. Other people are having dinner

at dawn, so whenever you just feel like a

good omelet you can declare it morning

and go to Good Stuff.

1286 The Strand.,Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-2334

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste. 102.,

Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262.

131 W Grand Ave C, El Segundo.

(310) 647-9997

Promenade On The Peninsula,

550 Deep Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills

Estates. (310) 544-8000

Eatgoodstuff.com

>> Runner-up: Uncle Bill’s Pancake

House

1305 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-5177.

UncleBills.net

Brunch

MB Post

How does a restaurant with a fearlessly

eclectic menu become the hangout for locals?

In the case of MB Post it involves

serving an ever changing but always interesting

weekend brunch that will suit the

person with an eclectic palate as well as the

person who just wants something simple

like hash and eggs or a sandwich. Okay, so

the corned beef is made in house from beef

cheek and the sandwich is a Vietnamese

turkey banh mi, but you get the idea. It’s

exciting food in an atmosphere to match.

There are only two problems with this

place – it’s hard to decide what to order,

and once you have finished Sunday brunch

you have to wait six days to have brunch

here again.

1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-5405.

Eatmbpost.com

>> Runner-up: Trump National Golf

Club Los Angeles

The Café Pacific Golfer’s Lounge

1 Trump National Dr., Rancho Palos

Verdes. (310) 265-5000.

Trumpnationallosangeles.com

Burger, Fast Food

In & Out

When the people who own In & Out

Burger decided to open one on Pacific

Coast Hwy. by the airport, they did both

travelers and locals a big favor. Travelers

because the burger fiends who flew into

LAX could now get one just a few minutes

after landing, and locals because until that

opened they had to drive to North Redondo.

There was probably a slight but no-

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ticeable drop in traffic congestion on Inglewood

Avenue when the one in El Segundo

opened and the tourists and El Segundans

didn’t have to drive as far to get the West’s

most popular fast food burgers.

3801 Inglewood Ave. Redondo Beach.

20150 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(800) 786-1000

In-n-out.com

>> Runner-up: The Habit Burger Grill

3829 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 406-3063.

311 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.

(310) 524-9016.

4-B Peninsula Center,

Rolling Hills Estates. (310) 377-2044.

habitburger.com

Restaurant

Burger

Simmzy’s

You know those manicured-looking

burgers in advertisements, the ones where

the perfectly circular patty is centered on

the bun and the condiments are in neat layers?

The burger at Simmzy’s looks nothing

like that. The patty is irregular the way

they are when they’re hand-formed, the

grilled onions poke out on one side, and the

cheese and sauce dribble down in a way

that warns you to have an extra napkin

ready. It looks that way because somebody

in the kitchen got that fresh meat off of a

sizzling grill, assembled it quickly so all the

ingredients would have that fresh flavor,

and then a server hustled it out to your

table. A food stylist would call it a mess,

but a burger aficionado knows that it looks

exactly the way it’s supposed to. Beauty is

in the eye of the beholder, or in this case,

the burger holder.

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd. MB.

(310) 546-1201. simmzys.com

>> Runner-up: Ercoles

1101 Manhattan Ave., MB.

(310) 372-1997.

Caterer

Lisa’s Bon Appetit

A hint for those who are planning an important

social function like a birthday party

or wedding reception: this is not the time

to try out your skills as a caterer. Sure, you

made a great dinner for your family yesterday,

but can you really replicate that recipe

for a larger group, and would you even

want to? You might impress people with

your cooking, but you’d spend the whole

party in the kitchen and the whole next day

cleaning up. Hire Lisa’s Bon Appetit and

let yourself enjoy your event. Lisa’s has the

resources, the experienced staff, and unlike

almost every other caterer they have a café

where you can stop in and try some of the

Sophia Shuman with Hop Saint’s Burnt End Chili. Photo by Kevin Cody

The Kettle.

Simmzy’s Yesid Bastidas with the popular Manhattan Beach gastropub’s

oak-smoked burger and blue cheese burger. Photo by Mark McDermott

items they’ll serve. You only get one chance

to host a great party, so concentrate on that

and leave the cooking to someone else.

3535 Lomita Blvd. Suite C., Torrance.

(310) 784-1070.

lisasbonapetit.com

>> Runner-up: Critic’s Choice Catering

& Event Production

2806 Phelan Ln., Redondo Beach.

criticschoicecatering.com

Chili

HopSaint

If you want the best chili in the South

Bay, mark your calendar – they only make

it on Saturday. You can’t buy it then, since

they know that chili is best after sitting

overnight for the flavors to meld. Show up

on Sunday to enjoy the thick, rich stew of

meat, beans, onions, and spices that includes

brisket and burnt end meat that has

spent some time in their smoker. If you

order a bowl, it’s topped with jalapeños

and cheese and accompanied by a corn

muffin, and those chillies just might inspire

you to order a beer (in case the idea hadn’t

already occurred to you). Try the chili by

itself or over a burger, but hurry over –

they’re often out by the end of lunch on

Monday, and you have to wait until next

week.

5160 W. 190th St. Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

hopsaint.com

>> Runner-up: Barney’s Beanery

100 Fishermans Wharf, RB.

(424) 275-4820.

Barneysbeanery.com

Chinese

W’s China Bistro

The Chinese restaurant scene has been

getting more interesting in the South Bay,

but we haven’t forgotten our old favorites,

such as W’s. Their modern and sophisticated

menu has a dash of South American

influence, drawing on the heritage of the

Chinese founders’ childhood in Peru and

Cuba. It’s recognizably Chinese food, but

with an exotic difference. The surroundings

match the food, stylish and modern but

drawing on classic ideas, and the people

behind the bar will be happy to show you

how well this cuisine can pair with cocktails.

This is the Chinese restaurant that fits

the way we dine today.

1410 S. Pacific Coast Hwy,. Redondo

Beach. (310) 792-1600.

Wschinabistro.com

>> Runner-up: China Grill

Manhattan Village, 3282 N. Sepulveda

Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-7284.

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MB Post has won the heart of the beach people.

Coffee house ~ chain

Starbuck’s

As of the day this article was written, there were 25,734 branches of Starbucks in the

world. On the day you read this there will probably be more, because they seem to breed

at a speed that would make rabbits envious. This strongly implies that they’re doing something

right, and our readers agree. The people who changed the vocabulary of coffee win

once again as best coffee house chain. We’d give you the list of all of the ones in our coverage

area, but it’s easier to just tell you to go outside your front door and look both ways. If you

don’t see one, check again in a few minutes.

Various locations.

>> Runner-up: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Various locations.)

Coffee house ~ indie

Java Man

Unlike the chain operations, there is only one Java Man. Okay, two if you count the humanoid

fossil, but the topic right now is coffee and Java Man is not the sort of place that

could be easily franchised. There’s a connection with the community that gathers in this

funky, comfortable 1920s bungalow for a warm welcome, good coffee, and fresh locally

baked pastries, soups, and panini. The environment is part of the draw, the comfortable

mismatched furniture and original art reminiscent of a student hangout if students actually

kept things clean and had better than average taste in décor. The coffee is good if you have

to get it to go, but it’s even better when enjoyed in a place so homey and comfortable.

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

>> Runner-up: Two Guns Espresso 350 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 318-2537. Twogunsespresso.com

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Contemporary

Good Stuff

A decade or two ago Good Stuff could

have won the award for best traditional

restaurant, had we thought of putting that

category on the ballot back then. Nowadays,

the classics sit comfortably alongside

items that reflect modern tastes. Calorie,

protein, and carb counts appear on some

items that might appeal to the health conscious.

Since “contemporary” means

what’s happening now, Good Stuff’s updated

traditional is a valid reflection of

what we like to eat today.

1286 The Strand,Hermosa Beach. (310)

374-2334

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste. 102.,

Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262

131 W Grand Ave C, El Segundo. (310)

647-9997

Promenade On The Peninsula, 550 Deep

Valley Dr #151, Rolling Hills Estates.

(310) 544-8000

EatGoodStuff.com

>> Runner-up: Hey 19

4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance.

(310) 378-8119.

hey19publichouse.com

Crepes

Crème de la Crepe

Crème de la Crepe is a South Bay success

story that has expanded to five cafes,

with outposts in Beverly Hills and Long

Beach. While they serve country French favorites

that include pastas, risottos, and

grilled entrees, the foundation of their fame

is the lacy, crisp, buckwheat pancakes

stuffed with savory mixes of seafood,

meats, or vegetables with rich sauces.

Since buckwheat is gluten-free, those on restricted

diets can partake too, though the

dessert crepes would be off limits for them.

For everybody else the chance to have a

sweet crepe filled with fruit, ice cream,

Nutella, and other delights is reason

enough to plan your next meal there.

424 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310)

937-2822.

1708-1/2 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo

Beach. (310) 540-8811.

Cremedelacrepe.com

Deli

Mickey’s Italian Deli

Mickey’s Deli has been selling sandwiches,

pizzas, and deli items for almost 64

years, an astonishing feat when you consider

the lifespan of most local businesses.

Good Stuff’s original location remains unsurpassable.

A Creme de la Crepe meal resembles a still life painting.

It is run by the son of the founder, who still

proudly uses his father’s recipes. If you

want old school Italian American goodness

then this is the place to go. The sandwiches

are huge, the giardiniera and salads freshly

made, and if you’re not in a hurry they’ll

make a giant calzone to order. Join the

crowd at the battered indoor tables, take it

to the beach a block away, or eat it at home,

however you like to enjoy an authentic taste

of Hermosa.

101 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-2330.

Mickeysdeli.com

>> Runner-up: Ashley’s Deli & Market

828 Hermosa Ave.,Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-6729.

Ashleysdeli.com

W’s China Bistro.

Dessert

Cheesecake Factory

The location of the Redondo Beach

Cheesecake Factory has a place in history.

It was the third one opened and by far the

largest at the time, the flagship for an expansion

that now includes locations as far

away as Dubai. Their formula is the same

everywhere -- vast entrees followed up by

only slightly smaller portions of cakes,

pies, and other sweets. They invented

many of the cheesecake variants, including

the popular carrot cake cheesecake, and

they’re innovating all the time. Check the

specials list because America’s next great

dessert just might be debuting on the day

you dine there.

605 N. Harbor Drive., Redondo

Beach.(310) 376-0466.

Thecheesecakefactory.com

>> Runner-up: Misto Caffe & Bakery

Hillside Village, 24558 Hawthorne

Blvd.,Torrance. (310) 375-3608.

East of

Sepulveda

HopSaint

The people who live and work near

HopSaint must give thanks daily that Steve

Roberts remodeled the decrepit deli on

190th into his new restaurant. Locals now

have a dining destination to be proud of,

and the influx of visitors from the rest of

the South Bay has inspired some nearby

shop owners to spruce up their premises.

The menu of Southern inspired food and

freshly made beer would be a hit in any

trendy downtown location. Having it here

reminds the coast-centric crowd that there

is indeed life east of Sepulveda.

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

hopsaint.com

>> Runner-up: Hey 19

4525 Calle Mayor,Torrance.

(310) 378-8119

hey19publichouse.com

Eclectic

Hey 19

It’s not easy to say just what Hey 19 does

because there has been a continuing stream

of innovation from the kitchen and bar.

American classics are given a whimsical

touch – who else would put baconwrapped

club crackers on the menu, or

name their version of steak tartare “Fancy

Schmancy”? They make their pickles and

other items in-house and use Niman Ranch

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meats, but the prices are unexpectedly low

(a West Torrance location makes that sort

of thing possible). The décor is as eccentric

as the food, mismatched furniture with

thrift store chandeliers overhead and old

movies showing silently on one wall. It’s

tasty, diverting, and like nothing else in the

area.

4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance.

(310) 378-8119.

hey19publichouse.com

>> Runner-up: Barrans 2239

502 Pacific Coast Hwy.,Hermosa Beach.

(424) 247-8468.

barans2239.com

Ethnic BBQ

Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ

American barbecue has elaborate rubs

and sauces and the infusion of smoke.

Brazilians like their meat grilled with relatively

simple seasonings, often just salt and

pepper. Since the cooking and seasoning

styles are so different it’s rare to find both

in the same restaurant, but Silvio’s delivers

both and throws in seats on Pier Plaza for

no extra charge. Seafood lovers can get

mahi mahi from the grill too, so no matter

what protein you enjoy, it’s on the menu at

Silvio’s.

20 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-6855.

silviosbbq.com

>> Runner-up: Gyu Kaku

Japanese BBQ

Crossroads Shopping Center,

24631 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 325-1437.

gyu-kaku.com

Farm to

Table

Hook & Plow

The name is evocative, two tools of the

trade for fishermen and farmers, but they

left a few things out. If they called it Hook

& Plow & Lasso & Pruning Shears & Oyster

Rake they’d need a bigger sign. They focus

on quality of all their ingredients here, extending

that farm to table attitude to every

piece of fruit, cut of meat, vegetable and

herb they serve. It’s the way an increasing

number of us would like to eat all the time,

having recognized that a good chef’s products

are better when they start with the

best.

425 Pier Ave. HB. (310) 937-5909.

Thehookandplow.com

>> Runner-up: HopSaint Brewing Co.

5160 W. 190th St.,Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

hopsaint.com

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Fish & Chips

Captain Kidd’s

Captain Kidd’s is a genuine seafood market,

a place locals have been buying their

fresh catch for over 40 years. In back is a

seafood shack where they use Alaskan cod

to fry up the South Bay’s favorite fish and

chips using Alaskan cod in a batter that arrives

crisp and delicate. Everyone who orders

faces the same dilemma – risk burning

your mouth on the hot fish while that batter

is at perfection, or wait a few minutes

and avoid scorching your tongue. The fish

comes with fries and a side, so we recommend

you nibble a salad for a moment and

let it cool just a bit. It will taste great and

be less painful.

209 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach.

(310) 372-7703.

Captainkids.com

>> Runner-up:

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop

719 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-3480.

Thefishshophermosabeach.com

French

Dominique’s Kitchen

When a style of dining is the standard of

excellence for over 200 years, it’s possible

to take it too seriously. Visit Dominique’s

Kitchen to rediscover the joy of French cuisine,

the breadth of a style of dining that

includes the sunny, simple flavors of the

south and the richer style and technique of

Chef Dominique Theval’s Paris home. The

cuisine that elevated food and wine to an

art is presented in smart, casual surroundings

and at a surprisingly modest price, a

luxury you can afford when you just decide

to be nice to yourself or someone you love.

522 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach.

(424) 247-9054.

Dominiqueskitchen.com

>> Runner-up: Creme De La Crepe

424 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 937-2822.

1708 ½ S. Catalina Ave. RB.

(310) 540-8811.

Ice Cream

Handel’s

The story of the South Bay’s favorite ice

cream begins in 1945, when a woman in

Ohio started selling ice cream out of her

family’s gas station. Though Handel’s is

now a nationwide chain they still make it

the same way, fresh daily in each store.

Nicolas Herriera and Daniel Nava have made Java Man the Cheers of coffees

houses, and without the hangover. Photo by Kevin Cody

Brian Barretto serves up the Beach Cities’ favorite Indian food at Addi’s Tandoor.

Photo by David Mendez

Best Sandwich winner, Mickey’s Deli’s crew in December 2015 after having

sold a $27 million lotto ticket to an out of state customer. (Left to right) Gonzalo

Diaz, Oarra Totonichi, Paul Mance, Mickey Mance and August

Amaya. Photo by Kevin Cody

There have been a few changes – there are

more flavors now, and all the fruit doesn’t

come from Mrs. Handel’s backyard. (She

probably hadn’t ever made yogurt in 1945,

or probably even heard of it.) The old fashioned

richness and creaminess permeates

even modern flavors like chunky monkey,

cinnamon sticky bun, and salty caramel

truffle, all of which would have raised an

eyebrow back then.

1882 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., RB.

(424) 247-8861.

Handelsicecream.com

>> Runner-up:

Manhattan Beach Creamery

1120 Manhattan Ave.,Manhattan Beach.

(310) 372-1155.

Mbcreamery.com

Indian

Addi’s Tandoor

Addi’s Tandoor was the first in the South

Bay to go beyond the North Indian standards,

and introduced all who ventured

there to the range of seafoods, exotic

breads, and Goa-style vindaloo sauces.

They also pioneered wine pairings with Indian

food, something common now but

scoffed at by some people two decades ago.

We’re ready now to embrace a candlelit atmosphere

and fine wines in a place where

South Asian food is served, and Addi’s

awaits those who seek that sophisticated

Indian evening.

Woodstock Plaza, 800 Torrance Blvd.

#101., Redondo Beach. (310) 540-1616.

Addistandoor.com

>> Runner-up: Spice Six,

450 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 921-8315.

Spicesix.com

Italian

over $20

Bottle Inn

For the past few decades The Bottle Inn

has changed very little, and so have our

readers’ preferences. The Italian classic by

the beach has won this award every year

for at least a decade, and continues to be

popular and relevant regardless of passing

fads. This isn’t to say that nothing ever

changes, because that gluten free pasta

using Thai-style noodles certainly wasn’t

on the menu in 1975. But the core values

of Italian food, wine, and hospitality are

what sets the agenda here. Looking for a

romantic evening enjoying dishes that define

Italian heritage alongside items that

take advantage of seasonal ingredients?

Look no further.

26 22nd St. Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-9595.

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Bottleinnhermosabeach.com

1700 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach.

(310) 543-6800.

Bottleinnriviera.com

>> Runner-up: North Italia

The Point, 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

#110. El Segundo. (310) 469-7695.

Northitaliarestaurant.com

Romantic

Bottle Inn

Would you find something romantic

about taking a date to the place where your

parents had their first dinner together?

That kind of thing can happen at the Bottle

Inn in Hermosa, a romantic, candlelit place

where time has stood still. If you would

fine something weird about that, or if they

don't have a reservation available that

evening, then you have the option of going

to the Bottle Inn Riviera, which offers the

same menu in more modern yet still romantic

surroundings. Both are intimate

and have that relaxing classic style that

lends a hand when it comes to making an

evening with someone you love even more

special.

26 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach.

(310)376-9595.

Bottleinnhermosabeach.com

1700 South Catalina, Redondo Beach

(310) 543-6800.

Bottleinnriviera.com

Captain Kidd’s, winner of Best Fish & Chips, is a reminder that King Harbor

is still a working harbor. Photo by Richard Foss

>> Runner-up: The Strand House

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

Thestrandhousemb.com

Wine list

Bottle Inn

The Bottle Inn was named after little bottles, the airline miniatures that one of the original

partners collected. Their reputation among wine lovers rests on larger bottles, the vast collection

of fine vintages built up over the

years and available for purchase. Looking

for Italian varietals, California gems, perhaps

nine different expressions of Opus

One? How about magnums of Super Tuscan

or a superb South African Stellenbosch?

Or how about just a glass of easy

drinking white or red to accompany some

appetizers, or a glass of fine aged port to

finish your meal? Whatever your tastes,

whatever your budget, they have you covered.

26 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-9595.

Bottleinnhermosabeach.com

1700 South Catalina, Redondo Beach

(310) 543-6800.

Bottleinnriviera.com

>> Runner-up: The Strand House

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan

Beach. (310) 545-7470.

Thestrandhousemb.com

Japanese

Izakaya by Katsu-ya

A couple of centuries before someone in

London invented the gastropub the Japanese

developed the izaka-ya, which is the

same idea but with sake instead of beer.

There are other differences too, such as the

lack of seaweed and soybeans at most

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pubs, but these days the two are converging.

Izakaya by Katsu-ya has a section

called Japanese tapas, but that really describes

at least half of the menu. Americans

now love to dine the way the Japanese

have for hundreds of years.

1133 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach.

(310) 796-1888.

Katsu-yagroup.com

>> Runner-up: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Crossroads Shopping Center,

24631 Crenshaw Blvd.,Torrance.

(310) 325-1437. Gyu-kaku.com

Poke

Jus’ Poke

The South Bay’s first poke specialist is

its best poke specialist, say our readers.

They were way ahead of the curve in 2014

and many people had no idea what they

sold. The lines outside told the curious that

something worthwhile was going on, so

some stopped in and tried it for the first

time. Now that that Hawaiian-style marinated

seafood or tofu is a big fad the lines

are still there, and the familiarity has bred

respect. The place that brought you cool

seafood salads started out hot and has only

gotten more popular.

501 North PCH, Redondo Beach.

310-379-1133. Juspoke.com.

>> Runner-up: Hooked Poke Market

25 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(424) 383-1783.

Hookedpokemarket.com

Rotisserie

Chicken

Chicken Maison

Most places just offer one kind of

chicken, but not here . The birds all spend

time in a simple mix of salt, pepper, and

herbs, but you can get them anointed with

two other sauces – a fragrant lemon basil

or a spicy lemon garlic. Make that three

sauces if you come on the right day, because

they frequently offer a version that

has been liberally seasoned with chopped

ginger and garlic. All have the same crisp

skin and fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Having

a family event? Get a couple of different

birds, an array of their 10 different side

items, and everybody will be happy, especially

the person who would have had to

cook.

251 Main St.,El Segundo.

(310) 414-9000.

2515 Artesia Blvd., RB. (310) 370-7707.

3556 Torrance Blvd.,Torrance.

(310) 540-1499.

Chickendijon.net

>> Runner-up: Poulet Du Jour

233 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., HB.

(310) 376-6620.

Pouletdujour.com

Hey 19’s eclectic ambiance helped earn it Best of the Beach Eclectic honors.

Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Hook and Plow. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Sandwich

shop

Mickey’s

The sandwiches are mostly simple and

based on Italian-American classics: homemade

meatballs, eggplant parmigiano, varieties

of cold cuts served hot if you like

them that way. Since this is Hermosa they

also have a vegetarian deluxe, and a chipotle

chicken so you do know you’re in the

right century, but at heart Mickey’s is all

about doing the classics well. The regular

sandwiches on fresh Italian bread are a

meal, the large ones are two unless you’re

really hungry. Grab a classic roast beef,

something modern, or a really good Ruben

and enjoy the simple pleasure of good ingredients

bracketed by good bread.

101 Hermosa Ave, HB. (310) 376-2330

Mickeysdeli.com

>> Runner-up: Rinaldi’s

350 N. Sepulveda Blvd., #2, MB.

(310) 379-9968.

323 Main St. El Segundo.

(310) 647-2860.

Seafood

Hermosa Fish Shop

The name tells you everything you need

to know: if it has fins or lives in a shell underwater,

they probably serve it. (And yes,

that leaves out eels, sea cucumbers, but

since they do serve calamari the finless and

shell-less have some representation.) It’s

raw in the ceviche and oysters, rare in the

ahi and albacore items, boiled in soups and

stews, pan-blackened, grilled, in tacos, and

fried with or without breading. Whatever

seafood you want, however you want it, our

readers say they’re the pros.

719 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-3474

Thefishshophermosabeach.com

>> Runner-up: Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave., MB.

(310) 893-6299.

Eatfwd.com

Seafood

Soup

Hermosa Fish Shop

They always offer two chowders at Fish

Shop: a rich clam chowder and seafood

chowder that contains choice cuts of everything

and a little spicy, smoky Andouille

sausage. The chowders can be served in a

bread bowl if you like to feel medieval, or

in conventional dinnerware if you’re feeling

contemporary. Neither of those ring

your bell today? Try the fish shop stew that

closely resembles an Italian cioppino, the

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oth rich with tomatoes and herbs.

Whether it’s an appetizer to start your meal

or the meal itself, they’re full of flavor and

immensely satisfying.

719 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-3474.

Thefishshophermosabeach.com

>> Runner-up: Captain Kidd’s

209 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach.

(310) 372-7703.

Captainkidds.com

Specialty

Salad

Hermosa Fish Shop

At the Hermosa Beach Fish Shop they

know how to serve up the greens: take a

good salad of lettuces, tomato, and cucumber,

dress it up with pickled red onions,

and capers, and then put a big serving of

your favorite fish on top of it. The capers

and pickled onion are a great pairing with

the richness of the fish, and it all comes together

harmoniously. Since you decide

which fish will be served and how it’s

cooked, and also which of their housemade

dressings will be served on the side, there

are dozens upon dozens of combinations to

play with. You’re a participant in the

process of creation, as well as the beneficiary.

719 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-3474.

Thefishshophermosabeach.com.

>> Runner-up: Fritto Misto Italian Café

316 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 318-6098.

Frittomistoitaliancafe.com

Sliders

Slider Stop

Inventive small plates have been a major

trend in LA for years, so creative small

burgers are a logical extension of the idea.

Slider Stop has taken this to an extreme unmatched

not merely in the South Bay, but

in all of greater Los Angeles. They offer

eleven little burgers that include a slightly

upscale version of the fast food standard

with American cheese, a Southwestern

style slider with turkey, corn, and peppers,

and a chicken slider perched on a cute little

waffle. Order a couple with some tater tots

or fries on the side and a soft drink and you

have a modern version of America’s favorite

meal.

2315 Artesia Boulevard #1, RB.

(310) 214-5200.

Sliderstop.com

>> Runner-up: Fresh Brothers

407 Pacific Coast Hwy., RB.

(310) 374-5678.

2008 N. Sepulveda Blvd., MB.

(310) 546-4444.

The crew at Hermosa Fish Shop, winner of Best Seafood, Seafood Soup

and Specialty Salad. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Winner of Best Sushi and Japanese, Izakaya by Katsu-ya Plate Special.

Photo by Richard Foss

Smoothies

Jamba Juice

One way of winning a race is beginning to run before the rest of the competitors are at

the starting line. When Jamba Juice opened, the idea of a place dedicated to smoothies and

fresh juice was a novelty, and now the company has seven stores in the area and a loyal

clientele that remembers who started it all. They’ve developed a strong following for both

the products they started with and for newer offerings like oatmeal, energy bowls, wraps,

and sandwiches. The company that started out offering “a meal in a cup” has branched

out, but still keeps the fresh stuff coming to their dedicated fans.

703 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-8088.

332 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 318-5518.

Jambajuice.com

>> Runner-up: Paradise Bowls

919 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 798-7100.

Paradisebowls.com

Southern/

Cajun

Ragin Cajun

There are times when you crave the essentials

of Louisiana hospitality: a big welcome

and an even bigger bowl of gumbo.

The Ragin Cajun serves up the hits in lavish

quantities, so this is the place to come

when you have that sudden craving for red

beans and rice, crawfish etoufee, a po-boy

sandwich, or just about anything else from

the Cajun cookbook. There’s a moonshine

bar that can knock together a hefty Hurricane

and craft beers on tap, so your liquid

requirements are also taken care of. The

Ragin Cajun rolls out the hospitality, Southern

style.

525 South PCH, Redondo Beach.

(310) 540-7403. Ragincajun.com.

>> Runner-up: HopSaint

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 214-4677. Hopsaint.com

Sushi

Izakaya by Katsu-ya

The food in traditional izakayas, the

tapas bars of old Japan, include a variety

of cooked dishes and salads as well as

sashimi, but not sushi. Modern izakayas in

Japan and around the world bend that tradition

because sushi has become so popular,

and there are a few sushi items on the

regular menu at Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya. Look

further because as is the case at any good

sushi bar the action is on the specials menu

and in the advice you get at the counter

about what is fresh that very day. This

sushi bar stands with the best for traditional

sushi with minimal modern touches,

be cause they know to modify the natural

flavors with subtlety and skill.

1133 Highland Avenue, MB.

(310) 796-1888.

katsu-yagroup.com/manhattan-beach

>> Runner-up: Flyin Fin Sushi

1727 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.

(310) 373-3718. Flyinfin.com

Steak

over $30

The Arthur J

The South Bay’s most serious steakhouse

is a haven of mid-century elegance expressed

with uncommon style, from the

overall décor to the details of the tableware.

It’s a reflection of the era when steaks were

king of the American table, when being a

great host included either skill at the grill

or the wisdom to know you didn’t have any

so it was time to dine somewhere that they

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did. The steaks here are big and ready for

their portrait to be taken, and the sides

range from the potatoes and creamed

spinach that would have been common in

the Mad Men days to items with a more

modern twist. Great steaks with accompaniments

and environment to match equals

a great evening out, and the Arthur J delivers

on them all.

903 Manhattan Avenue, MB

(310) 878-9620. Thearthurj.com.

>> Runner-up: Fleming’s Prime

Steakhouse & Wine Bar

2301 Rosecrans Ave. El Segundo.

(310) 643-6911.

Flemingssteakhouse.com

Steak

under $30

Bullpen

To consider oneself a true South Bay

local, one needs to have partaken in two

quintessential South Bay experiences –

sinking one's teeth into a juicy Bull Pen

prime rib steak and dancing the night away

on Bull Pen’s legendary dance floor, which

one must navigate to get to the bathroom.

Since 1948, the family-owned Redondo

Beach institution has combined its authentic

steak house tufted booth and stain glass

charm with the best steaks at the best values,

put together with a side and salad. For

the past 40 years, super chief Joe Wilcox

has manned the kitchen, sticking to original

owner Cliff Miner’s recipes, which call

for everything to be homemade.

“We don’t change nothing,” said second

generation owner Rod Miner. “We’re the

longest family owned restaurant in the

South Bay -- 69 years, and we continue to

have the best prime ribs, steaks, and burgers

-- keeping on the tradition.”

314 Avenue I, Redondo Beach.

(310) 375-7797.

Thebullpenredondobeach.com

>> Runner-up: Shellback Tavern

116 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB.

(310) 376-7857.

Shellbacktavern.com

Vegetarian

The Spot

There are plenty of places that claim to

be “world famous,” with little justification,

but if any institution in the South Bay qualifies,

it’s probably The Spot. Los Angeles’s

oldest continuously operating vegetarian

restaurant has been delighting plant eaters

and converting carnivores since 1977.

Whether you’re a strict vegan, staying

gluten free, or are easy with things that are

cheesy they have something to delight you.

Wine, beer, and a variety of teas and juices

Over the past four decades The Bottle Inn has woven itself into the fabric of

the beach cities. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

The Spot’s welcoming entry is matched by the atmosphere inside. File photo

Jus’ Poke’s Hulysses Mendoza has helped popularize poke in the South Bay.

Photo by David Mendez

are available, and on a nice day you can

relax on the garden patio. Open minded

omnivores enjoy the place too, because the

good food and serene atmosphere make it

a place with something for everybody.

110 Second Street, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-2355, Worldfamousspot.com.

>> Runner-up: Veggie Grill

Plaza El Segundo, 720 S. Allied Way,

El Segundo. (310) 535-0025.

2533-D Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance.

(310) 325-6689.

Veggiegrill.com

View

Strand House

It’s mysterious that an area with such

beautiful panoramic ocean views doesn’t

have more restaurants that take advantage

of the superb vistas of Santa Monica Bay.

The Strand House has an unbeatable view

with just enough elevation from the water

to make you feel a connection to the beach,

Strand, and pier below and the horizon that

stretches out to infinity. You have to wonder

how the staff can get things done without

being distracted by the beauty of every

day’s sunset. They stick with their business

so you can enjoy brilliantly inventive food

and the best view in the South Bay, bar

none.

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd. MB.

(310) 545-7470.

Thestrandhousemb.com.

>> Runner-up: Tony’s on the Pier

210 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo

Beach. (310) 374-1442.

Oldtonys.com

Yogurt

Shop

Yogurt Land

Remember when all yogurt just tasted

like yogurt? Nope, we don’t either, because

it seems like there have been dozens of different

flavors for all of our lives. Yogurtland

has an experimental streak, making a berry

pie yogurt using blackberries and real

shortbread cookies, mixing nuts, chocolate,

and coffee for their almond mocha, and recreating

a healthier version of the cherry

and pineapple popsicles you had as a kid.

They offer more conventional flavors too,

like strawberry, pistachio, and coconut,

and you can even get some that tastes like

good, tart, plain yogurt. There are all sorts

of toppings for those who want to go all

mad scientist with their food, but you

might consider trying them just as they are

served and enjoy the (relatively) simple flavors.

1570 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 536-9562.

271 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach.

(310) 944-9572.

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Yogurt-land.com

>> Runner-up: Pinkberry

900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa

Beach. (310) 318-5888.

Plaza El Segundo. 2004 East Park Pl.

(310) 414-9351.

Pinkberry.com

Cocktails

Zane’s Restaurant

The hip, slightly retro style of Zane’s is

the perfect setting for a good cocktail, and

the mixologists here do not disappoint.

They make all the classics using premium

ingredients and have a variety of house specials

– the blood orange martini is a celebrated

item that has been on the menu for

at least five years, but other concoctions

are being created daily. Zane’s has an edge

with sophisticated drinkers in the area, in

that they were one of the first places to take

them high style in Hermosa. It pays off for

them with dedicated fans. Their pros know

their business and dish out balanced drinks

every time.

1150 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach

(310) 374-7488. Zanesrestaurant.com.

>> Runner-up: Hey 19

4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance.

(310) 378-8119.

Hey19publichouse.com

Chicken Maison owner Sami Karame. His father Mario and brother Ramsey

are also active in the restaurant. Photo by Kevin Cody

Mall Restaurant

Tin Roof Bistro

The big news in mall restaurants has been in Torrance where upscale chains have made

a splash. But the big favorite is in Manhattan Beach and locally owned. The Tin Roof Bistro

has a lower profile than its sisters restaurants in Del Amo. It is a neat Spanish-styled place

in an unobtrusive corner of the Manhattan Village Mall. They’re serving much more than

the captive audience of shoppers, and the proximity to the Tree Section neighborhood means

a lot of their clientele walk over for the reasonably

priced lunch specials, pizzas from

the wood-burning oven, and other delights.

This is a neighborhood restaurant that happens

to be in a mall, and thrives with local

support.

Manhattan Village, 3500 N. Sepulveda

Blvd.,Manhattan Beach. (310) 939-0900.

tinroofbistro.com

>> Runner-up: Great Maple

Del Amo Fashion Center,

21434 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 542-1001. Thegreatmaple.com

Thai/

Southeast

Asian

Thai Dishes

The original Thai Dishes in Manhattan

Beach is the first piece of architecture on

Sepulveda that the typical commuter notices,

the peaked roof with its ornate curves

typical of Bangkok rather than California.

The décor inside keeps the theme going, all

the better to set the tone for the authentic

Thai cuisine on your plates. The dishes we

all know and love are here, but so are creations

by Chef Manus like the steamed

noodle salad with black bean sauce, pork,

shrimp, and peanuts. This was the first

taste of Thai food for most residents, and

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it’s the one they keep coming back to because

those fresh, spicy flavors are as alluring

now as the first time we tried them.

1015 North Sepulveda, MB.

(310) 546-4147. Thaidishesmb.com

>> Runner-up: Phuket Thai

901 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo

Beach. (310) 374-9598.

Phuketthairedondo.com

Korean

Gen Korean BBQ House

Korean barbecue purists have fits about

places like Gen that take tabletop grilling

into new realms, and it must be admitted

that if authenticity is what you’re after you

are in the wrong place. Gen does use Korean

tabletop grilling with an amazing variety

of other flavors. You can get

Cajun-style seafood, Hawaiian steak with

pineapple slices, and marinated chicken

with jalapeño cheese fondue. They have the

traditional items too, plus non-grilled items

such as Korean-style fried chicken and a

variety of vegetable dishes. Since it’s all

you can eat for only $16 at lunch and $21

at dinner this is a favorite place for newcomers

to the cuisine, who can sample to

their heart’s content.

Crossroads Shopping Center,

24301 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.

(424) 328-0388.

genkoreanbbq.com

>> Runner-up: Cho Dang Tofu

22549 Hawthorne Blvd.,Torrance.

(310) 373-7055.

Late Night

The Kettle

There is probably no place in the South

Bay that changes less between midday and

midnight than The Kettle. The same menu

is served all day and all night by cheerful

servers, and you’re likely to find someone

consuming pancakes at 4 p.m. and chicken

picatta at 4 a.m. Those who have eccentric

schedules like places where it’s normal to

be out of synchronization with the rest of

the world. For the rest of us who missed a

meal because an appointment ran long or

a show was too good to leave early, and for

those who just suddenly realized they need

a midnight snack, The Kettle is the place

to be.

1138 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-8511.

TheKettle.net.

>> Runner-up: Torrance Tavern

Sports Bar

22735 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 375-9158.

Torrancetavern.com

Gen Korean’s Kassandra Martin with beef brisket and popcorn chicken.

Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Slider Stop’s specialty sliders. Photo by JP Cordero

Ragin Cajun’s atmosphere fits its name. File photo

Pizza

Valentino’s

Something about this pizza violates the

laws of physics. A crust that thin shouldn’t

hold that generous portion of toppings

without turning soggy, but somehow it

does. Valentino’s has a small army of people

behind the counter cranking out great,

thin crust pizzas, and they manage to keep

up with the flow even on heavy Saturday

nights when the whole world has decided

they need a pepperoni and mushroom to

go.

975 N. Aviation Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 318-5959.

150 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.

(310) 426-9494.

Valentinospizza.net

>> Runner-up: Fresh Brothers

407 Pacific Coast Hwy., RB.

(310) 374-5678.

2008 N. Sepulveda Blvd., MB.

(310) 546-4444.

Freshbrothers.com

Outdoor

Dining

Martha’s

From the morning migration of bicyclists

and walkers to Martha’s, you might expect

that they specialize in super healthy food,

and the kitchen turns out an endless stream

of trendy salads and fruit bowls. The opposite

is true, because Martha’s is all about

traditional American breakfasts and

brunches, served with a view of the beach.

(You can dine indoors instead, and that’s a

reasonable thing to do if you have already

acquired your summer sunburn, or if it’s

raining.) The robust fare makes sense, because

those bikers and walkers are burning

the calories from stuffed French toast, the

white corn scramble, big omelets with hash

browns, and other great day-starters.

25 22nd St. Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-7786.

>> Runner-up: Nelson’s

Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way,

Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 265-2702.

Terranea.com

Mexican

under $20

El Burrito Jr.

You almost don’t need our poll to know

which place serves the most popular inexpensive

Mexican food. Just ask anybody

which food stand in the South Bay always

has a line, day or night. El Burrito Jr. is primarily

a take-away place, though there are

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Valentino’s, winner of Best Pizza, has two locations and delivers!

The brains behind the burrito at El Burrito Jr. (Left to right) Luis Gonzales,

German Ortiz, Ruben Muñoz and Martin Corona. Photo by Kevin Cody

a few tables that are popular with both locals

and very large pigeons that have developed

a taste for corn chips. The meals are

cheap but excellent and everything is made

fresh, so you get the bang for your buck.

(Note that it will be bucks – they don’t accept

credit cards.) Rain or shine, this place

has a crowd that knows where to go for

simple, great food.

919 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo

Beach. (310) 316-5058.

21141 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 944-9200.

>> Runner-up: El Sombrero

1157 Artesia Blvd. #B. MB.

(310) 376-5005

1005 Manhattan Ave., MB.

Elsommanhattan.com

Mexican

over $20

New

Restaurant

of 2016

Baran’s 2239

The most celebrated and popular restaurant

in the South Bay is a little place with

a weird name hidden in a Pacific Coast

Hwy. strip mall. It goes to show that people

will go anywhere if you offer them fantastic

food, and that goes double when you

do it and don’t charge an arm and a leg.

Baran’s 2239 covers both of those bases.

The space isn’t elegant but the food is.

Tyler Gugliotta’s cooking is informed by

but not limited to Italian traditions, and his

original ideas are often brilliant. His Indian-spiced

version of a Scotch egg elevates

British bar snacks to art, and the gnocchi

“Colors of the South Bay”

Spring Show & Sale

Brilliant cadmium sunsets,

subtle grays of fog,

vibrant spring blooms and

blue blue oceans

Please Join Us

at our Gala Opening

Saturday, April 29th,

4:00pm to 8:00pm

Also featuring post-card sized

paintings, buy 1 or a grouping

Destination: Art

1815 W. 213th St., #135

Torrance CA 90501

localartists@destination-art.net

www.destination-art.net

310-742-3192

Palmilla

The restaurant is dazzling inside and out,

the geometric designs on the façade reminiscent

of Moroccan design, the interior a

mix of Mayan temple and mid-century

modern. The menu at Palmilla plays it a little

more straight, but just a little. Country

favorites like tortilla soup, enchiladas, and

tacos beckon for those who like traditional

Mexican fare, but the emphasis is of steaks

from the woodfire grill and seafood prepared

as ceviche, seared, grilled, or

steamed in banana leaves. The bar has a

stunning tequila and mezcal selection so

you’ll have something smoky to sip while

enjoying a sophisticated take on Mexican

food that stays true to classic flavors.

39 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-4440.

Palmillarestaurant.com

>> Runner-up: Ortega 120

1814 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., RB.

(310) 792-4120. Ortega120.com

1001 Manhattan Ave. • Downtown Manhattan Beach

Reservations Recommended • (310) 376-0242

www.oldveniceonline.com

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with crab is flat out amazing. It’s remarkable

food at a reasonable price, and that’s

reason enough for the win.

502 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.

(424) 247-8468.

barans2239.com

>> Runner-up:

HopSaint Brewing Company

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

hopsaint.com

Brewery

King Harbor Brewing Co.

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing

Company recently celebrated their third

anniversary with 20 tap handles, a scorching

set from South Bay blues lady Kira

Lingman and killer food trucks. Their core

beers -- the 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 – have become craft

beer stables. Hoptober, as owner Tom Dunbabin

dubbed October, was dedicated to

new releases. It culminated with the pouring

of their first Triple IPA, “Skull Clever”

and an epic Halloween party featuring the

South Bay’s favorite Rockabilly band

Thirsty Crow. We always knew KHBC

loved to get canned. Now it’s available all

over the South Bay in four packs: Tiki Hut

IPA, a citra and mosaic IPA; 808 Concentrate,

a passion fruit IPA; and Sink with

California, a dry hopped pale ale. Comedian

Adam Carolla collaborated with

KHBC brewmaster Phil McDaniel for the

“Endless Rant” IPA.

2907 182nd St., Redondo Beach.

(310) 542-8657.

Kingharborbrewing.com

>> Runner-up:

HopSaint Brewing Company

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

Hopsaint.com

Craft Beer

Restaurant

HopSaint Brewing Company

HopSaint’s appropriately named brewmaster,

Brian Brewer, has put together

some of the best beers in the South Bay –

all brewed on premise, within dining view.

“Our full production in house brewery

allows us a lot of choices,” Brewer said.

“From German pilsners and kolsches, to

west coast IPA, to seasonal beers. We have

the freedom to experiment.”

Owner Steve Roberts’ contribution to the

The Arthur J co-owner Mike Simms with a portrait of his grandfather Arthur

J. Simms. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Baran siblings Jason, Jenna and Jonathan. Their Baran’s 2239 won Best

New Restaurant. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

The Strand House view suggests an infinity pool. Photo by Chelsea

Schreiber

local culinary and craft beer scene is legendary.

You’ve got to ask yourself, do Hop-

Saint’s beers complement the menu or

does the menu complement the beer? With

a blend of Southern food with contemporary

specialties, an ever-changing daily specials

board, and a brewmaster perpetually

working on perfecting his already worldclass

craft, each experience at HopSaint is

a new one.

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 214-4677.

Hopsaint.com

>> Runner-up: Simmzy's

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB.

(310) 546-1201.

Simmzys.com

DJ

DJ Black Sheep

at Sharkeez

Redondo Beach native DJ Black Sheep,

aka Diego Rodriguez, began spinning the

steel wheels at the age of 17 and first took

a Hermosa Beach stage at the now defunct

Dragon Bar. Six years ago, he began his

body moving love affair with Sharkeez,

which yielded him a Thursday night residency

at the Pier Avenue club as well as its

sister organization Tower 12 on Friday

nights, and neighbor American Junkie on

Saturday nights.

“My goal to bring a lot of energy, a lot of

motion, and to make the crowd happy,” DJ

Black Sheep said. “I play everything, ‘80s,

funk, disco, edo, top 40, and mix into a

house party vibe – unlike most DJ’s do.”

facebook.com/Djblacksh33p/

>> Runner-up: DJ Dik

DJDIK.com

Live Music

Saint Rocke

Many notable artists have offered intimate

performances on Saint Rocke’s stage.

“We bring in artists who normally only

play LA or Hollywood,” said Adam

Spriggs, Saint Rocke manager and talent

buyer.

Spriggs also organizes the Kaboo Music

Festival and, through Saint Rocke, books

acts for the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert

Series, the Redondo Beach Lobster

Fest and Terranea’s Music on the Meadow.

But he also feels it’s important to support

the local music scene. Local bands have the

chance to play the Hermosa Beach Summer

Concert Series by winning a “battle of

the bands.”

“Kira Lingman and Josh Arbor have

been doing an amazing job curating the

Sound Collective every other Tuesday and

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Wednesday night,” he said. “Just last week,

we had Old 97s, an alt-country band,

Cubensis, a jam band, Leftover Salmon, a

bluegrass band, Tiffany, an ‘80s teen pop

star and Mickey Avalon, a hip-hop artist,”

Spriggs said.

142 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-0035.

Saintrocke.com

>> Runner-up: Lighthouse Café

30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-9833.

Thelighthousecafe.net

Mediterranean

Middle Eastern

Mediterraneo

Mediterranean cuisine is meant to be enjoyed

outside on hot summer days, which

is why Hermosa’s Mediterranean climate

and Mediterraneo’s Pier Plaza dining are

such a perfect combination. Mediterraneo

deserves credit for introducing the South

Bay to tapas, communal dishes that combine

Middle Eastern, Spanish, French, Italian,

Ottoman and Californian influences. It

was an early proponent of local craft beer

and now features over 30 on tap, as well as

cocktails created from the spirits from

small batch distilleries and a killer sangria.

Their Tapas Tuesdays are a welcome alternative

to tacos.

73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 318-2666.

Themedhb.com

>> Runner-up: Chicken Dijon

251 Main St., El Segundo.

(310) 414-9000.

Artesia Plaza, 2515 Artesia Blvd., RB.

(310) 370-7707.

3556 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 540-1499.

Chickendijon.net

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Liquor

Store

Ocean Liquor

The knowledgeable staff behind Ocean

Liquor’s well curated selection of craft beer

(one of the largest selections in LA

County), as well as wines and spirits,

makes this family-run business a destination

for those (not just locals) who seek specialities.Owner

Norm Kalosh keeps pricing

at big box store levels, saving locals a trek

away from the beach.

3232 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 798-3331.

>> Runner-up: Abe’s Liquor

240 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-2159.

Original

Band

Andy and Renee

Andy Hill, Renee Safier and their band

Hard Rain have developed their own South

Bay musical niche – part fan family reunion,

part rock and roll tent revival. It

takes place over 200 times a year at a wide

range of venues, from bars to concert circuits.

In 1991, the duo organized the first

“Dylanfest,” at the Hermosa Saloon. Over

the last 27 years, the festival has developed

a large, loyal following. This year’s Dylanfest

is at the Torrance Cultural Center on

May 7.

(310) 346-9383.

Andyandrenee.com

>> Runner-up: Feed The Kitty

Feedthekitty.com

Happy

Hour

Sharkeez

Good food, good views, and great specials

make Sharkeez the happiest of hours

from 3 to 7, Monday through Friday. Buy

any feature drink and get the second for 25

cents. The happy hour menu features Sharkeez

signature Mini Mex Combos and

Spicy Queso Dip, free chips. Plus, Sharkeez

offers one of the most vibrant social

scenes in the South Bay.

52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 529-3370.

3600 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-8811.

Sharkeez.net

>> Runner-up: Bluewater Grill

Seafood Restaurant

665 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach.

(310) 318-3474.

Bluewatergril.com

Zane’s bartender Kathy Doel gives a toast to Pier Avenue. Photo by Brad Jacobson

(CivicCouch.com)

Tin Roof Bistro servers brace for a busy happy hour. Photo by Brad Jacobson

(CivicCouch.com)

Thai Dishes’ Nikki Tapaneeyakorn with the restaurant’s signature pad thai

talay. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Margarita/

Tequila bar

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila’s 150 high

quality tequilas and use of fresh fruit allows

its mixologists to forge toward a new

frontier of margaritas while paying homage

to the originals. The expansive tequila list

enables guests to develop their own

margaritas.

39 Pier Ave.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-4440.

Palmillarestaurant.com

>> Runner-up: Ortega 120

1814 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., RB.

(310) 792-4120.

Ortega120.com

Underage

Band

11Echo

While most teenage bands break-up before

they play their first live note, the South

Bay’s 11Echo, formed from a group of musical

prodigies taught at the Coast Music

Conservatory in Hermosa Beach, have won

their third consecutive Best Underage Band

BOB since forming in 2015. Band members

are the jazzy vocalist Kira Levin, Wes

Montgomery inspired lead guitarist Ben

Hara, 88 keys pusher Cole Riddle, who was

born on a diet of rock, straight ahead jazz,

soul, funk, and fusion jazz, jazz bassist Max

Rhode and back beat provider Justin Lin.

11Echo plays their take on popular classic

rock, funk, R&B, and pop tunes and has

performed at the Lighthouse, Suzy and

countless festivals.

11echomusic.com

>> Runner-up: The Good Vibes

facebook.com/pg/Good-Vibe

Sports Bar

Charlie’s

The only thing that makes watching

sports on a warm day better is having a

cold beer and great food. Charlie’s happily

provides both in abundance in one clean,

cool package. The atmosphere at Charlie’s

is laid-back, even while customers are intensely

focused on their teams via the than

15 TVs throughout the restaurant. And unlike

neighboring sports bars, the walls

aren’t cluttered with beer posters, neon

signs or chotchkies.

“We’ve got a clean presentation — it’s

not typical of a sports bar, with hand-overfist

cocktails,” co-owner Steve Roberts said.

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The food is leagues beyond typical nacho-and-fried chicken fare as well. The pizza is thin

and crisp, sandwiches fresh and appetizers, such as the “belly buddies” — pizza dough

knots brushed with garlic butter and served with marinara sauce — are filling without being

heavy.

“People don’t expect to get that at a sports bar either,” Roberts said. “We’re a place where

you can catch a game with bright TV, cold beer and good food.”

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

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>> Runner-up: Avenue A Bar and Grill

800 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach. (310) 316-2832.

Avenueabarandgrill.com

Dance Club

StrandBar

Among dance clubs in the Beach Cities, StrandBar stands alone with a view overlooking

the Pacific Ocean, that’s a well-angled ice cube’s throw away from the sand. But StrandBar

manager Jon Paul Gwozdz thinks that another thing in particular that sets his venue apart

from the rest.

“It’s the safe environments — we’ve got a more mature feel, not a crowd that’s unruly or

jumping into each other, getting overly intoxicated or stepping on each other at the bar,”

Gwozdz said.

It helps that Strand Bar is simply cool. The club’s sleek, modern design gives its patrons

plenty of space to dance, lounge or drink the night away, “with different rooms for whatever

you’re looking for,” Gwozdz said.

When the dance floor opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the party comes to

life with a playlist rife with today’s Top 40, throwbacks from decades past, hits from the

‘80s and ‘90s and whatever else the night’s live DJ is feeling.

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,

Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-7470. Thestrandhousemb.com

>> Runner-up: Ocean Bar

1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 798-8227. Oceanbarhemosa.com

Sharkeez’s happy hour specials extends to its featured drinks. Its hermosa location

lights up Pier Plaza every evening.

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“Our team has a diverse taste that complements the other,” said Anjilla Piazza, Uncorked’s

manager. “For example, two of our members love Paso Robles and Santa Ynez wines and

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Uncorked’s tasting bar offers a flight of

five specially selected wines for $15 from

a thrice a week, rotating wine list. Free

corkage with local restaurants, unique

wine accessories, custom gift baskets, gourmet

cheese, olive oils and special gourmet

treats are available. On Fridays, Uncorked

holds “Themed Nights,” featuring unique

food pairing, specials and winemaker

takeovers.

“We cater to the wine connoisseur, to

those curious to explore their world wide

wine palate,” she said. “Hermosa Beach

has such a rich wine scene that we are fortunate

to be a part of.”

302 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(424) 247-7117.

Uncorkedhermosa.com

>> Runner-up: Bacchus

1000 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan

Beach. (310) 372-2021.

Bacchuswinesla.com

Male Server

Chris Sutter

No matter how busy he gets, server

Chris Sutter always has a smile on his face.

Part of it comes from the fact that he walks

to work each day. And it helps that Old

Venice, the restaurant where he plies his

trade, is so close to the Pacific Ocean that

he can feel the salt air on his face when he

waits on al fresco tables. But the real source

of his grin, he says, is being able to make

customers happy.

“It’s the ‘anything you want’ approach,”

Sutter said.

If a customer is unsure about what to

order, Sutter is happy to steer the person

in the right direction. His favorite thing on

the menu, both for himself and to recommend

to customers, is Chef Andrew’s

Salad, a mix of veggies with a dressing that

blends the restaurant’s two culinary influences:

Italian and Greek. But mostly he

just asks questions, helping people realize

what they really want to eat.

Some answers are easier to handle than

others. The restaurant’s popular pizzas are

served on trays that make for easy eating

but occasionally cumbersome delivery.

Sutter has it down to a science.

He has a good rapport with the restaurant’s

regular customers, but also likes

meeting tourists coming off the beach. The

son of Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter,

he is at ease when professional basketball

players and Hollywood actors

periodically pop in. During lunch shifts, he

will sometimes handle takeout orders from

various local retailers.

When asked what he likes most about

his job, Sutter became effusive.

“We’ve got the best food, the best customers,

and they’re all coming in to see the

best waiter,” Sutter joked.

Old Venice, 1001 Manhattan Ave. MB.

Blue Zones Paige Lapen with Uncorked co-owners Kathy Knoll, Jeff Bonafede

and Gerry Athas-Vazquez took the Blue Zone pledge to drink a glass of wine

a day for good health.

Old Venice’s popular server Chris Sutter

(310) 376-0242. Oldveniceonline.com

>> Runner-up: Jesus

Good Stuff, 1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. #102, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-0262.

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

Eatgoodstuff.com

Neighborhood bar

Ercole’s

George Orwell’s 1946 essay “The Moon Under Water” describes a pub of the same name.

With its modest furnishings, dependable food and convivial atmosphere, it has all the qualities

he is looking for in a London-area pub. All, except for one: it does actually not exist.

Thinking of all the things he desires in a bar, Orwell looks at the taverns he knows and acknowledges

the need to make one up.

Ercole’s has been firmly rooted in brick and mortar since 1927, but it too has the feel of

a fantasy. Indeed, it seems more improbable every day in an increasingly upscale Manhattan

Beach. Slinging drinks best described as “stiff” in an age of haughty infusions and endless

muddling? Packages of KC Masterpiece potato chips offered stumbling distance from sevencourse

tasting menus? Chiming mechanical cash registers instead of iPad-sporting servers?

Ercole’s has hit upon something that works, and sees little reason to change. Though they

keep up with trends in boozing — wincingly

sentimental copper cups for Moscow

Mules are as ubiquitous here as anywhere

else — they have earned the right to reject

that bromide of the hospitality industry,

that the customer is always right. At least

once a night, some novitiate will unfurl a

lengthy drink order and fork over a piece

of plastic. The bartenders, hurried but

pleasant, will point to an ATM in the corner

and utter a two-word policy: cash only.

This old-fashioned sensibility means that

Ercole’s reveals its treasures slowly. With

its lack of garish flyers, cumbersome table

tents or assaultive social media barrages,

word of mouth and, inevitably, frequent

visits are the only real ways to see all that

the place has to offer. Its hamburgers have

been canonized in these pages and elsewhere,

but the tacos are a downright steal.

The crowd is far more diverse, age-wise,

than most other bars. It is not uncommon

to see conversations between people 50

years apart. And there are few more pleasant

ways to while away an afternoon than

those days when bar manager and former

professional surfer Mike Benavidez hooks

up one of the bar’s TVs to the feed from a

World Surf League event.

It is easy to feel at these times, especially

as Manhattan Beach grows wealthier and

its downtown more pretentious, as though

one has stumbled on a secret too good to

be true. But improbable as it seems, Ercole’s

is keeping it real.

1101 Manhattan Ave., MB.

(310) 372-1997.

>> Runner-up: Hennessey's Tavern

8 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-5759

313 Manhattan Beach Blvd. MB.

(310) 546-4813

1712 S. Catalina Ave. RB.

(310) 540-8443.

Art Gallery

Riley Arts Gallery

Riley’s Arts Gallery is partial to local

artists, creating a nurturing environment

for many South Bay based artists. Their

mix of fine art, prints, photography allow

local artists to express themselves in multiple

mediums. Riley Arts Gallery features

the work of John Van Hamersveld, Brent

Broza, Tom Everhart and architect-turnedartist

Michael Murphy, as well as vintage

surf, Disney, and movie posters. The

friendly staff is knowledgeable about each

artist’s work.

1007 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 372-3681.

Rileyartsgallery.com

>> Runner-up: Bo Bridges

1108 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan

Beach. (310) 937-3764.

Bobridges.com

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Mike Benavidez (center) and Michelle and Steve Martinez make Ercole’s the

Best Neighborhood Bar winner. Photo by Kevin Cody

Comedy Club

Comedy and Magic

Even the late "The Merchant of Venom" Don Rickles would have had a hard time finding

something unkind to say about the Comedy and Magic Club and its owner mike Lacey. For

nearly five decades Comedy and Magic has worked to erase the image of comedy clubs as

seedy bars with bad sound systems and strippers. The club is a Cathedral to Comedy. Smithsonian

quality dioramas of famous comedians’ costumes include Seinfeld’s “Puffy Shirt”

and Williams’ “Popeye” costume, as well as costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin, the Marx

Brothers, WC Fields and Buster Keaton.

From the start, Lacey understood comedians needed to be respected. That included being

paid, no matter what. The club’s early acts included unknowns such as Jay Leno, Kevin

Nealon, Jerry Seinfeld and Jimmy Brogan. They return the early respect they were shown

by regularly returning to perform.

Comedy and Magic isn’t just the best Comedy Club in the South Bay. It would almost

certainly be voted the Best Comedy Club in the World if comedians were doing the voting.

1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-1193.

Comedyandmagicclub.com

>> Runner-up: April’s Fools Comedy Improv

2nd Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave.,Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-1705.

Aprilsfoolsimprov.com

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Chef Dominique Theval of Dominique’s Kitchen. Photo by Kevin Cody

Female Server

Amy Schuler

Just about any weekday morning, diners

will find Amy Schuler brightening up

breakfast at Good Stuff’s Riviera Village

restaurant. Her favorite recommendation is

the Mexican Monte Cristo, which she describes

as sweet, spicy and full of flavor,

“just like me.” Schuler has been working

at Good Stuff “forever” and has no plans to

retire. “I get to meet such a wide variety of

people,” she said when asked her favorite

part of the job.

1617 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo

Beach. (310) 316-0262.

eatgoodstuff.com

>> Runner-up: Stephanie Hawks

Rock n Fish, 120 Manhattan Beach

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

Rocknfishrestaurants.com

Palmilla owners Greg and Ron Newman with their signature margaritas.

Photo by Kevin Cody

DJ Black Sheep at Sharkeez.

Bull Pen beef master Joe Wilcox. Photo by Tom Sanders

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Comedian Chris Cope and Hermosa Chamber’s Kim MacMullan emceed

this year’s Hermosa Beach Man and Woman of the Year dinner. The Comedy

and Magic Club regularly hosts local charity events headlined by nationally

known comedians. Photo by Kevin Cody

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Bartenders Abby Kahan and JD Ciasulli have been at Palmilla since the Pier

Plaza destination restaurant opened in 2011. Photo by Ryan McDonald

Bartenders Female & Male

Abby Kahan and JD Ciasulli

JD Ciasulli and Abby Kahan have been at Palmilla since it opened in fall 2011. In that

time, craft cocktails have exploded in popularity, with bartenders across the country donning

suspenders and churning out elaborate libations. The trend has had its own iteration in

Hermosa Beach. On the one hand, Palmilla’s high-concept Mexican fare is targeted at more

discerning customers than the other side of Pier Plaza. But its location in what has become

one of Southern California’s night-life capitals means that Ciasulli and Kahan don’t always

have the luxury of time.

“We’re high volume, but you have to try and be a mixologist too,” Kahan said.

Even simple drinks can get complicated with the bar’s ample ingredient list.

“A lot of people will say, ‘Can I get a vodka soda, but muddle lime, and cucumber, and

watermelon, and…’” Ciasulli said.

It gets easier with practice. The two are deeply familiar with the restaurant’s extensive

drink menu, and say people are often willing to let an experienced bartender steer them in

the right direction.

“I would definitely say the Diablo is our best seller,” Kahan said of the restaurant’s cucumber-jalapeño

margarita.

Palmilla Cocina y Tequila, 39 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-4440.

Palmillarestaurant.com

Runner-Up Male: Patrick Mescall

Torrance Tavern Sports Bar, 22735 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 375-9158.

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Runner-Up Female: Andrea Dragotto

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Patrons take in a few games at Charlie’s. Photo by David Mendez

Best Underaged Band Echo formed at the Coast Music Conservatory.

Breakfast at Martha’s is the closest thing the South Bay has to breakfast

served on the Beach. Photo by Chelsea Schreiber

Rigo of El Sombrero serves a beef torta, a Thursday special at the muchloved

downtown Manhattan Beach Mexican restaurant. El Sombrero finished

in a near dead heat with El Burrito Jr. for Best Mexican restaurant

under $20. Photo by Mark McDermott

King Harbor Brewing’s Tom Dunbabin, Paul McDaniel, Will Daines in their

brewing facility. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Mediterraneo’s patio dining compliments it Mediterranean inspired offerings.

Photo by Kevin Cody

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Barb and Paddy Delepine of Bacchus Wine Made Simple. Photo by Mark

McDermott

Wine Store

Bacchus Wine Made Simple

Wine shops cannot typically be compared to Cheers, the beloved television show about

a Boston locals bar famed as the place where “everyone knows your name.” But visit Bacchus

Wine Made Simple, and not only will everyone working at the family-owned operation

know your name, but they’ll also develop an extremely useful familiarity with your palate

and price point. The little storefront on Manhattan Avenue, unlike so many wine stores, is

utterly lacking pretention. Friendliness, fun, and an authoritative yet unsnobby knowledge

of wine are the hallmark of Bacchus, which is owned by a trio of New England-born sisters,

Paddy, Barb, and Maury Delepine. “We are welcoming, fun but educational,” says Paddy,

who left a Wall Street career to run the shop where Barb had already been working prior

to the sisters’ purchase of Bacchus in 2009. “We are family, so we treat you like family.”

Paddy taste every bottle of wine in the shop (tough work, but somebody has to do it, she

notes), which does’t have the vast selection of mega-stores but is a carefully curated collection

with an emphasis on small wineries often not widely available. Bacchus also carries a

wide range — from that high-end bottle for a special occasion the the cheery, low-cost

house wines that the crew has a miraculous knack for discovering. The key to it all, however,

is that one of the sisters, or their right-hand man Sean Johnston, is always proactive about

helping customers out. “We realize that ‘special’ has a different meaning for different people,”

Paddy says. “If you are looking for that high-end bottle, I can definitely help you find

it. For some people, special is a $50 bottle. For others, it’s a $15 bottle, and that’s great —

it really is special to them, and it’s a great wine. You have to talk to people to find out.” The

shop also has frequent tastings and a wine club and prides itself on educating customers

without getting too technical. “There is no wrong answer,” Paddy says. “You like it, or not.”

“Wine is supposed to be friendly and fun,” Barb said. “So that’s what we do.”

1000 B Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach,

(310) 372-2021. bacchuswinesla.com.

>> Runner-up: Friends of the Vine

221 Avenida Del Norte, RB. (310) 792-5940. Friendsofthevine.net

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The 26th Annual Run for Education 5K/10K/Kids run to benefit El Segundo

Public Schools. 8 a.m. 111 West Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. To sign up go to

Esrun4education.com. BCH

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• Serving the South

Bay for over 35 years

• Full Service Contractor

• Complete Installation

• New Construction

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Crenshaw Doors and Windows

q Are you planning to build or renovate a home? The windows and doors that

you choose can have an immense impact on the beauty, functionality and efficiency

of your new project. Crenshaw Doors and Windows has one of the largest

showrooms in the greater Los Angeles area which features the best and most trusted

brands in the industry. Crenshaw has experienced sales personnel who will assist

you in finding the right products to enhance the style and efficiency of your home

within your budgetary needs.

16706 S. Western Avenue, Gardena (310) 436-4135

Crenshawdoorsandwindows.com

Enviroscape

q Is Southern California still in a drought? With record rains falling on Southern

California landscapes, many wonder if we still need to be concerned with drought

and water conservation. The short answer…..YES. For over 100 years, Southern

California has an average rainfall of about 15 inches of rain per year. This year,

we had approximately 18.5 inches of rain. This is only a few inches more than

the norm. Since we have had severe drought for the past 5 years, a few inches

above average does not negate the necessity of saving water. The best way to

save water in landscaping is with native plantings and drip irrigation. By making

these two small changes you can save over 50% of the water normally used in

the landscape. For more information and a design consultation, please visit us at:

EnviroscapeLA.com

Handyman Schatan: avocation a vocation

q Matt Schatan helped several of his friends on their home-based projects, and

he listened to their suggestions that he start his own company. Schatan did just

that in July 1998, and using his talents Handyman Schatan prospered from the

start. It has meant a lot of work, but also a lot of satisfaction. ”I am overwhelmed

sometimes with the amount of work I have,” says Schatan, noting that he is often

answering the telephone as late as 10 p.m. Work has been “busier than expected”

and the rewards have been gratifying. He is on call from sunup to sundown.

His goal to create a thriving enterprise has been quickly realized.

(310) 540-4444

Pete Fer Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

q Available 24/7. 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 Beach magazine to a service technician and receive

$20 off your first service call.

(310) 831-0737 PFPlumbing.net

Peveler’s Custom Interiors

q Peveler’s Custom Interiors promises best renovation value. Peveler's has been

serving the South Bay 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 the highest value.

Please visit their showroom.

4203 Spencer Street, Torrance (310) 214-5049 Pevelers.com

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Savvy Kitchens

q Ready to remodel your kitchen! Savvy Kitchens specializes in custom kitchen

and bath design with attention to detail and exceptional customer service. Certified

Kitchen Designer Loriann Savarese will create beautiful renderings and concept

boards to help visualize your new dream kitchen or bath. Let Savvy Kitchens help

you in making the right decisions that will be most beneficial and cost effective in

one of the most challenging of the home renovation projects. If you are just embarking

on a kitchen or bath remodel, the first call you need to make is to Savvy

Kitchens.

For testimonials and portfolio visit savvykitchens.com. (310) 683-3664

Shilpark Paint more than green

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 Shilpark’s color displays to

make your living space truly your own. Offering personalized, professional service,

Shilpark makes unequaled customer satisfaction its highest priority. Still family

owned and operated, their 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 all the green standards!

15617 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale (310) 676-6760

23134 Normandie Ave., Torrance (310) 784-1920

shilparkpaint.com

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Best American Contemporary

Zane’s

The Bull Pen

Best Seafood

Fishbar

Quality Seafood

Captain Kidd’s

Admiral Risty

Best Hamburger

Hennessey's Tavern

Ercoles

Best Steak over $30

Zane’s

The San Franciscan

Houston's Steakhouse

Best Breakfast Omelet

Redondo Beach Cafe

Best Pizza

Pie Pie Pie

Best Sandwich Shop

Giuliano's

Best Ice Cream

MB Creamery

Best Sunday Brunch

Greenbelt

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

Best New Restaurant

Tower 12

Best Romantic Dining

Admiral Risty

Hudson House

Best Outdoor Dining

Hennessey's Tavern

Best Neighborhood

Bar

Ercoles

Schooner's Bar & Grill

Best Happy Hour

Zane’s

Greenbelt

Sharkeez

Texas Loosey's

Best Cocktails

Ercoles

Best Sports Bar

Sharks Cove

Flights Beer Bar

Best Bar Food

Greenbelt

Sharks Cove

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Custom Design & Construction

q Love your home again! And love the process too! While making a major remodeling

change to your home is exciting and rewarding, it can also seem overwhelming.

That’s why Custom Design & Construction has created a unique process

to guide each project from idea to reality. Begin with a Discovery phase where

exploring all options within your budget range. The award-winning design team

will work with you to select finish materials and fine-tune the design plans. Making

all the decisions up-front, allows CDC to present you with an exact final price before

any work begins. That’s the benefit of working with a single company that

provides both design and construction all under one roof. And be sure to ask about

easy in-house financing. License # 524561

(310) 815-4815 VisitCustomDesign.com

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uCAMPS & SCHOOLS FOR SUMMER FUN

BeachSports

BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating its 22nd 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 Ocean Safety, Surfing, 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 Intro to Junior Lifeguard Program. With safety in mind,

camps are located at these Lifeguard Tower locations: Manhattan Beach, 14th

Street; Hermosa Beach, 15th Street; Redondo Beach, Avenue I.

Online registration is available at BeachSports.org

(310) 372-2202

Camp Surf

Camp surf is "Los Angeles' Premier Surf School", according the LA Business Journal.

It offers surf instruction in Manhattan Beach for all ages and abilities, both private

and group classes. Lessons include summer surf camps, after school programs,

birthday parties and corporate events. Available year round with a 1:4 instructor

to surfer ratio. Surfboards and wetsuits are provided. Camp Surf also offers youth

and adult volleyball classes and clinics through CampVolley programs.

To schedule a surf lesson or enroll in a camp visit Camp surf.com.or

call (424) 237-2994.

El Segundo Ed Foundation

Get It Done and Have Some Fun! Academy by Ed! runs June 12 – July 14. Registration

opens April 14! Browse the course catalogue to find enrichment classes

for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as high school advancement

and credit recovery courses. Two sessions are offered and both in-class and

online options for select credit recovery and advancement classes. With options

ranging from college admissions prep, personal finance workshops, cooking

classes, strings lessons, and even a Coding 101 class for middle schoolers, your

student is bound to find something to keep them engaged this summer.

Visit ESEdF.org for a full course catalogue, registration, and

additional information. (310) 615-2650 x.1705

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King Harbor Youth Foundation

Get your kids stoked on sailing with King Harbor Youth Foundation’s LA Summer

Sailing Camp! Operating since 1984, certified instructors teach your kids (ages

8-18) about boating safety and how to actually sail your own boat. Sailing Camp

is a great way to enjoy summer on the water, making new friends while learning

how to handle your own boat in the ever changing ways of the ocean. Half and

full day, 2-week camps. Adult sailing lessons also, year round.

SailRedondo.com

280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach (424) 287-7245

Kitchen Kid

At Kitchen Kid, the power of food unites people around the table and in the

kitchen! Kitchen Kid teaches these values through edible education, an essential

ingredient to raising healthy, happy children. Learning comes alive in the kitchen,

where kids mix math, simmer science, and taste fun! New weekly culinary themes

for 2017: Fresh from the Farm, Edible Experiments and Food Truck Fest. Camp is

open to 1st – 8th grade plus high school CITs. Half and full-day sessions offered.

Space is limited…enroll today! For more information and registration:

KitchenKid.com camp@kitchenkid.com (310) 450-3462

Mathnasium

Mathnasium's summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss

and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. For some students, that means

a solid review of previous material. Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts.

Select programs allow you to set your own schedule and drop in on the

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uCAMPS & SCHOOLS FOR SUMMER FUN

days you choose! Open Monday through Thursday from 2 - 7 p.m. and Sunday

from 1 - 5 p.m. Join in on game hour Monday through Thursday from 2 - 3 p.m.

where you can enjoy fun games for each age and skill level to develop logic and

number sense.

Mathnasium of Redondo Beach, 234 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, #105,

(424) 247-7304

Mathnasium of Manhattan Beach, 500 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite

205, (310) 905-6284

• Private Parties

• Private Lessons

• Summer Surf Camps • Corporate Lessons

• Birthday Parties • Group Lessons

Our instructors are all CPR and First Aid Certified

Los Angeles' Premier Surf School

and

The Official Surf School for the City of Manhattan Beach

424-237-2994 info@campsurf.com

PCH Skate Camps

Learn to skateboard or take your skills to the next level at PCH Skate Camps! Beginner

to intermediate level skate instruction covering the very basics to the more

advanced flip tricks, grinds, vert skating and much more. A variety of ramps, rails

and fun boxes positioned differently each day offers a variety of trick options while

keeping safety the number one priority; all campers are required to wear full pads.

Private skate instruction is also available at the Manhattan Beach and Redondo

Beach locations. PCH Skate runs in association with BeachSports.org

Learn more and register online at PCHSkateCamps.com or call

(310) 372-2202

Performing Arts Workshops

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

camps including Musical Theater, Guitar, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Magic, Photography

and Stage F/X Makeup! It’s the ultimate ARTS experience for kids ages

5-14.

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

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

in a creative performance which is free and attended by 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. PAW offers

10 convenient locations to choose from.

PerformingArtsWorkshops.com (310) 827-8827

Savoir Faire Language Institute

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

Language Institute’s immersion programs are the way to go! Being two steps from

the beach and located in one of Redondo Beach’s most beautiful parks allows

campers to explore the outdoors for a real fun-filled and practical language-learning

summer. In the new facility Savoir Faire created the perfect kids friendly envi-

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ronment for hands-on cooking, creating art, learning language and exploring culture.

SFLI is the portal to language fluency for your child.

117 W Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach

(310) 379-1086 sfli-ca.com

Summer Programs at the Torrance-South Bay YMCA

Overnight, day or enrichment programs at the Y share one thing: they’re about

discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new

activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. Summer

is also a time to discover how to become and stay active to develop healthy

habits for a lifetime. By participating in YMCA programs, your child will have the

best summer ever.

2900 W Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance

(310) 325-5885 ymcaLA.org/tsb

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