Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have always been bastions of casual cool, but in the last year, these three new spots have been drawing the crowds with high-quality ingredients, craft brews and boutique wines.
Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (of Beechwood) opened the rustic-looking Hudson House (pictured) in a no-man's-land stretch of Redondo Beach. Upscale small plates like spiced, ground-lamb patties grilled on sugarcane skewers ($10) are a draw, as is the juicy, pretzel-bunned burger with Jarlsberg cheese ($10). The expansive beer list includes finds like Hair of the Dog's rich and chocolatey "dessert beer," and Uncommon Brewers' kaffir lime-scented Siamese Twin.
At Simmzy's, Manhattan Beach beer-geeks and families are equally drawn to the California-healthy fare: cool-and-crisp salads with chicken, apple and walnuts ($12), olive-oil-poached tuna with house-tartar, or sweet-and-tangy wings ($10.50). But it's the beer list that distinguishes the place--more than 20 brews on tap include gems like Port Brewing's Old Viscosity and "off-the-handle" specials like Ballast Point's Double Double IPA.
Bouzy, the sister restaurant to the beloved Chez Melange, does the family's British roots proud with a deliciously rich braised short rib sandwich topped with fontina and a side of hand-cut fries ($10). The Kogi-style, kimchi-topped, all-beef hot dog ($5) is the perfect mate for beer. More than 30 brews rotate on tap, and you'll find others like Ferran Adria's "food-friendly" Estrella Damm Inedit in the bottle. One benefit to sharing a wine cellar with its sibling: Quartinos include Miner Viognier and Hitching Post's Generation Red.
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