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Cool places to eat in LA (El Segundo/Manhattan Beach)

mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
edited April 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Not that I'm limiting myself to El Segundo, just figured I'd tell you what part I'm in as a starting point. I'm here through Friday for work, and looking for a few decent places to grab dinner. Otherwise I'll just eat at Chili's every night, and you don't want that on your conscience, do you?

I'm not terribly price sensitive, and crazy ethnic food is fine too. I will be trying to drag along coworkers who may or may not feel the same, though.

Also, if my goal was to party with Snoop Dogg and a flatbed truck full of bikini models, what would be my logical starting point? I hear this sometimes happens on Wednesdays?
I'm kidding.
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    NotYouNotYou Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Burgers: The Counter or Father's Office
    Best Fancy Really Expensive Food: The Tasting Kitchen
    Best Cheap Mexican Food: El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach
    Best Food Truck: Kogi Truck
    Best BBQ: Baby Blues BBQ

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    kaliyamakaliyama Left to find less-moderated fora Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    It would be a waste to just putter around LAX. Dragging along coworkers will be tough for those places minus the one in MB as none of them are in easy striking distance. you wouldn't want to drive out before 7:30 or so on the 405 north to Los Angeles from where you are.

    taking the 1/lincoln to venice (i.e. the tasting kitchen or the counter (FO is better by a mile) would be better but you'd have to be game to sit in traffic.)

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Just wanted to pop back and say thanks guys for the pointers. El Tarasco was good. Father's Office was fantastic, but damn is that place a zoo (went to the one in Santa Monica). Office Burger plus Sweet Potato Frites equals love.

    Also hit up Roscoe's for the first time on somebody else's recommendation. Damn, that was tasty. That's what fried chicken is supposed to taste like.

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    LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Baby Blues is definitely the best barbecue in the city. Make sure you try their mac and cheese as a side. I'm also partial to their collard greens.

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    Arch Guru XXArch Guru XX Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Do you like beer? Rock and Brews in downtown El Segundo has you covered. Their food is above-average pub fare, though I definitely recommend the home-made soft pretzel (which is about as big as your head). Also BrewCo in Manhattan Beach has you covered on beer, more of an upscale vibe than Rock and Brews but they are owned by the same parent company so some of the food is the same.

    California Fish Grill in El Segundo has some people going absolutely nuts - I don't think it merits *that* level of enthusiasm, but it's pretty good fish for not too much cash. I recommend the White Ruffie with the cajun glaze, with brown rice. More of a lunch than dinner place imo.

    Veggie Grill in El Segundo could be a good lunch place as well. It is 100% vegetarian which personally put me off it when I first heard, but when coworkers finally dragged me there I was extremely impressed. They have 'chicken' sandwiches made from god-knows-what that are extremely impressive simulations of chicken. If I didn't know it was vegetarian there's no way I would guess. I recommend the bayou chicken or crispy chicken sandwiches. It's a very southern California place; I'd argue it's worth it if you're not from here.

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