FOOD & DRINK

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Calling All Vegetarians

By Constance Dunn Having marked its 38th birthday this past July, South Bay vegetarian mainstay, The Spot, still stands proudly along a side street, its retro-red awning just a stone’s throw from the beach. Step inside and you’ll find a homey, easygoi...

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A Rounds Town

Orange County’s distinctive doughnuts make their way to Santa Monica Written by Michelle Lyn Photos courtesy of Tawny Alipoon Photography The sweet scene in L.A. is about to get some new competition. Orange County’s doughnut darling, Sidecar Doughnuts...

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Homage to Fromage

At a new Italian Restaurant on Montana Avenue, Cheese Takes Center Stage Written by Michelle Lyn Photos Courtesy of Forma Parmigiano. Pecorino. Romano. Pecorino Gran Cru. It’s all cheese, and it’s all delicious. Unique, however, are the large wheels o...

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City Guide: The Slice

A Great Local Pizzeria You’ve Never Heard Of The Slice brings classic New York-style fare to the South Bay with a smile. Written by Constance Dunn Illustration by Jay Brockman This one’s worth adding to your mental food files, particularly if you’r...

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Little Sister in the...

Chef Tin Vuong’s one-of-a-kind eatery is  headed to Downtown LA’s Restaurant Row. Written by Constance Dunn Photos courtesy of Little Sister For Chef Tin Vuong, opening his Manhattan Beach restaurant Little Sister in 2013 was all about carving out...

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City Guide: El Tarasco

Satiation by the Sea For over 40 years a tasty Mexican counter has fed hungry beach-bound locals and late-nighters alike.  WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  | ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN Next time you’re in the North End of Manhattan Beach, and craving a...

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City: Playa Provisions

Enlivens a quiet Westside Beach Community. WRITTEN BY JENNY PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JONASON Husband and wife culinary team Nick Roberts and Brooke Williamson, a Top Chef runner-up, know how to create a stir, even in peaceful Playa del Rey. First, they...

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American Pastoral: The Farmhouse...

  The Farmhouse Inn takes down-home upmarket with a full revitalization and a brand-new spa. Written by Jenn Thornton Spa Photography Courtesy of Cesar Rubio Farmhouse General Photography Courtesy of Farmhouse Inn With deep roots in Sonoma County...

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City Guide: Awesome Ice...

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt Long lines swirling from this ice cream stand testify to the everlasting appeal of the cone. WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN This South Bay institution is known for its unapologetica...

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Baleen Kitchen and Lounge

  Standout cuisine and blue-water views uplift this under-the-radar South Bay eatery. WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JONASON “A little playful, a little traditional” is how Executive Chef Richard Crespin sums up a recen...

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City: Beach Glam Central

  South Bay DIGS stops by popular decor destination Fringe to chat with co-owner Debbie Talosi. AS TOLD TO CONSTANCE DUNN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JONASON Where do you find such cool, eclectic things? We [Talosi and co-owner Laura Hofmann] buy from loc...

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Steakhouse Revival

Steak & Whisky raises the stakes in Hermosa Beach WRITTEN BY JENNY PETERS When restauranteur Jed Sanford and his partner, chef Tin Vuong, considered opening a steakhouse in Hermosa Beach, they knew they’d surprise many. For a traditional place like ...