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Deluxe Burrito|Courtesy of Jesse Belle
Deluxe Burrito|Courtesy of Jesse Belle
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10 Favorite Food Spots In LA's South Bay

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Torrance, Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach are cities that attract many visitors every year in search of a taste of Southern Californian beaches and culture. Amid the surf and the suburbs, the South Bay offers food as culturally diverse and iconic as SoCal itself. Here’s our guide to some of the areas best restaurants.
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There is no better way to start your day in the South Bay than breakfast at Phanny’s. This classic diner serves an array of options, from a Supreme Croissant jam-packed with mayo, ham, bacon, egg, and cheese to a hearty chili cheese dog. However, the star attractions are the breakfast burritos. Served all day, these ‘cure-alls’ — stuffed with eggs, crispy hash browns, cheese, and mild salsa — are essential before school, work, or after a night out. Grab a bacon burrito (add avocado) and enjoy it on the beach only two blocks away.

Phanny’s, 1021 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 540 5141

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Eat At Joe’s

Breakfast is a big deal at Joe’s. Enjoy over-medium eggs atop a bed of home-style fries, a tortilla, and smothered in cheese, sausage, and Spanish sauce. A sweet tooth can be satisfied with Belgian waffles, French toast, or pancakes. Joe’s also offers an assortment of deluxe sandwiches, burgers, and chef’s specials like chicken-fried steak accompanied by vegetables, warm mashed potatoes, and bread and butter.

Eat At Joe’s, 400 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 376 9570

Eat At Joe's|Courtesy of Bruce Evans

Eat At Joe’s | Courtesy of Bruce Evans

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Yellow Vase

A South Bay staple, Yellow Vase has three other locations. The interior and exterior emulate sunshine with cheerful yellow accents and picture-worthy aesthetics. Listen to classic jazz as you enjoy a honey vanilla latte. Menu items are all French-inspired and include sweet and savory crêpes, a variety of omelets, and savory soups. The chipotle chicken panini, served alongside a delicious mixed greens salad and sprinkled with flavorful vinaigrette is a particular favorite.

Yellow Vase, 1805 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 373 0013

Parisian Salad|Courtesy of Ashley Wright

Parisian Salad | Courtesy of Ashley Wright

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El Burrito Jr

After a day filled with sun and sand at the beach on Knob Hill, walk over to El Burrito Jr for Mexican food that hits the spot every time. There are few other places that combine unbeatable prices with freshly made and authentic cuisine. Affectionately nicknamed LBJ’s, favorite dishes here include a super deluxe carne asada burrito and cheesy enchiladas. Try the classic Special C: two bean and cheese burritos with a fountain drink. Every entrée comes with huge, crispy tostada chips and a side of salsa.

El Burrito Jr., 919 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 316 0930

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For a slice of affordable beachfront Italian, head to Pedone’s. Outdoor seating is limited but portions are hearty and satisfying, with filling pasta dinners, 12-inch subs, and piping-hot New York–style thin-crust pizza served by the slice. You can call ahead and place your order for pickup. This place is popular, so expect a wait. If you’re local, you’re in luck as Pedone’s delivers.

Pedone’s, 1819 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 373 6397

Pedone's|Courtesy of Angelo Mecchi

Pedone’s | Courtesy of Angelo Mecchi

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Standing Room

The Standing Room‘s location in the back of the Catalina Liquor Store makes it easy to miss if you aren’t well informed. Ordering and purchasing takes place inside the store, and pick up is done through the ‘mouth’ of a painted whale outside. A chalkboard lists the diverse array of Asian and Hawaiian inspired burgers, ranging from the Naked (tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, ketchup, and spring mix) to the more adventurous Danger (topped with spicy miso, vinaigrette, and a fried egg).

The Standing Room, 144 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 374 7545

Burger|Courtesy of Rebecca/Janis

Burger | Courtesy of Rebecca/Janis

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Green Temple

For the vegetarians and health fanatics, try The Green Temple. There’s comfortable seating inside and out, soothing music and relaxing fountains. The menu is an organic oasis accommodating a range of dietary needs and substitutions. Green Temple prides itself on providing environmentally sustainable and locally sourced food, like tempeh enchiladas served with beans and brown rice. Pair with freshly squeezed Super Citrus juice or various low-alcohol herbal Dragon Shots.

The Green Temple, 1700 S Catalina Ave #103, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 944 44525

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Hoka Hoka

Hoka Hoka has a vibrant atmosphere with trendy urban accents like hanging lanterns and twinkling lights. Menu options include tantalizing appetizers like popcorn lobster salad and oyster shooters and a variety of specialty rolls and sashimi. Sit at the sushi bar for a firsthand look at the skillful chefs at work. The best part is the unbeatable happy hour, available Monday through Friday: choose from a list of specialty rolls like the Jessica Roll (wrapped in salmon and filled with shrimp tempura, crunchy cucumber, and avocado) and receive four additional sushi items for free. For an extra kick, pair with specialty sake.

Hoka Hoka Sushi, 811 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 310 316 7850

Jessica Roll|Courtesy of Ashley Wright

Jessica Roll | Courtesy of Ashley Wright

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If high-class dining by the beach is your thing, stroll into Palmilla for an atmosphere that is both hip and refined. Palmilla offers meticulously crafted Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood. From the moment you walk in, it’s impossible not to notice the impressive service and trendy vibe. Indulge in a steaming plate of short rib taquitos or jumbo Mexican prawns cooked with a medley of garlic, chile flakes, tequila, and lime. The frijoles blancos are delicious and the restaurant also offers a variety of specialty drinks including la flacita (a skinny margarita) and a raspberry mango blended mojito. Every meal is served with warm, fresh tortillas.

Palmilla, 39 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA +1 310 374 4440

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The Kettle

The Kettle has an ultra cool old school vibe complete with subtle lighting and wooden tables. Here you can enjoy loaded potato skins, creamy clam chowder, or even glazed Atlantic salmon any hour of the day. The food ranges from homestyle comfort to crazy eclectic. Leave room for dessert and end your night with a sea salt fudge brownie sundae.

The Kettle, 1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA, USA +1 310 545 8511