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Cassia feels like a Santa Monica clubhouse. One filled with truly fantastic Southeast Asian food.
This once French-Mexican brunch spot has morphed into the most reliable French restaurant on the Eastside.
Baran’s 2239 is a Hermosa Beach neighborhood spot that will make you feel like you’re at a potluck.
Dama is an upscale Latin restaurant in Downtown LA’s Fashion District with excellent food and cocktails.
Shaka Shack in Santa Monica has good burgers in a Hawaiian-themed space.
Jame Enoteca is a small strip mall Italian spot in El Segundo with fantastic handmade pasta.
Kotosh is a Peruvian-Japanese spot in a Lomita strip mall that manages to do two pretty different cuisines pretty well.
Havana Mania is a family-run Cuban restaurant off the 405 in the far inland reaches of Redondo Beach.
Lighthouse Cafe is a classic spot for a diner-style breakfast in San Pedro.
A little south of most of the stores on Hermosa Ave., Mickey’s Deli is a Hermosa Beach legend with some very solid Italian deli classics.
Every beach town needs a spot for a post-surf breakfast burrito, and Brother’s is where to go in Hermosa Beach.
The Bottle Inn in Hermosa Beach does excellent Italian-American classics a block from the beach.
Jus’ Poke in Redondo Beach serves poke like you’d get in Hawaii, with a few kinds of tuna options and really good toppings.
Sushi Chitose has a fantastic, affordable omakase in an almost impossible-to-spot building in Redondo Beach.