Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

The Standing Room

144 N Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 374-7545





This place serves one of the best burgers in LA, in my opinion.  And it’s not even a full restaurant!  The Standing Room is actually hidden in a corner, INSIDE a liquor store, just blocks from the beach.  The liquor store has a small parking lot, but your best bet would be street parking.  Also, if you’re lucky, you can grab a seat at one of the 3 tables outside.  Otherwise, grab your order and head to the beach for a picnic!

First order from the counter, then pay for the order at the liquor store cash register.  After that, take the receipt and ticket stub to claim your order.  Generally takes 10-15 minutes to cook the burgers/ sandwiches.  Burger patties are cooked medium – perfectly pink in the middle.


The Standing Room literally is at a corner in the liquor store.  You can watch the sports on TV while you wait.  🙂


There’s also a special menu on the side, just in case you can’t choose from the regular menu.  Burgers from the regular menu range from $7 to $14.50.  Sandwiches are $6 to $9.50.  Pretty reasonably priced for the quality and quantity that you get.


This behemoth is known as the Napoleon burger.  It’s 1/2 pound of patty, bacon, smoked gouda, cheddar, caramelized onion, spring mix topped with braised short rib, fried egg… all on top a bed of truffle parmesan fries.  It’s like a meat lover’s dream.  A knife and fork is literally needed to eat this burger… it’s that tall!  Easily enough for 2.  $14.50


I love these truffle parmesan fries!!!  Tossed in truffle oil and grated parmesan cheese, The Standing Room version also has seaweed flakes (I think they must use furikake) which gives it such an unique flavor!  The fries are fresh and crunchy.  Nom nom nom… this is one order and it’s more than enough for 2-3 people.  $4.50


The Dressed Burger – 1/2 pound patty, bacon, caramelized onion, spring mix, bleu, smoked gouda, fried egg, tomato jam and Korean aioli.  I’m told this is also one of their most popular burgers.  The tomato jam gives it a sweet and savory taste, but couldn’t really taste the Korean aioli.  Loved the fried egg and gouda on the burger.  $8.50


The Standing Room also does really great sweet potato fries and the portion is also generous.  $4.50


1757 W Carson St
Ste A
Torrance, CA 90501

Hours:  Mon-Sun 5:30 pm – 12 am

(310) 781-9407


Torihei is a really great yakitori/izakaya restaurant in Torrance.  Izakaya restaurants are Japanese beer houses, featuring small dishes.  Yakitori is basically meat or vegetable on skewers.  Torihei is only open for dinner, and since the restaurant is on the small/medium side, reservations are highly recommended to avoid a long wait!  Torihei is located in the same center as Musha and Nozomi – so parking is a breeze.

My last visit here was New Years Eve, which is one of the very few times that Torihei does not accept reservations.  Even so, the wait wasn’t too bad – it was about 45 minutes.  When you sit down, you’ll have a few different order forms!  One for the yakitori items, 1 for the oden items, and 1 for the yakitori.  Don’t be daunted!  Take a look at what other people have ordered… and also take a look at what we ordered:


Started off with some apple shoju.    Shoju is basically flavored sake.  Torihei uses chilled small apples to be served as shot glasses for the shoju.  So cute and ingenious!  This is the regular size at $8.99.  You can also order a large for $12.99.  The apple shoju is a little sweet but wonderful flavor!  I could hardly taste the alcohol…  mmm….


This is one of Torihei’s most popular dishes: chopped cucumber with sesame oil.  The cucumber is wonderfully seasoned with the sesame oil, and mixed with the tomato.  It’s both crunchy and refreshing!  $5.95


The cabbage salad is also one of the most ordered items.  It’s a simple cabbage salad tossed with scallions, in sesame dressing.  It’s also light and refreshing, especially to balance out the yakitori meats!  $5.95


This is also one of Torihei’s specialties:  half-done egg.  The eggs are immersed in the oden broth, while covered with salmon roe.  For people who love runny eggs, this is a must order!  $1.95


Grilled squid!  The WHOLE squid is grilled, then lightly brushed with yakitori sauce and is served with a side of mayo.  The squid is juicy and tender, and you can really taste the squid’s natural flavor!  $5.95


Chicken wing – the skin is crispy while the meat is juicy inside.  It’s just seasoned with salt,  simple yet so tasty!  $2.50


Asparagus with pork – it’s literally pork-wrapped asparagus.  The pork is a little crispy, and drizzled with a curry sauce.  Yum!  $3.95 for an order of 2.


Bacon-wrapped okra – perfect blend of meat and vegetable.  This is also seasoned with just salt, but so delicious!  $2.50


I love the “robata” rice balls at Torihei!  The rice balls are lightly covered with soy sauce, then grilled, so that the rice is crispy with a slightly burnt taste.  Just a warning – this make take up to 30 minutes to prepare, so make sure to order them during the first round!  Comes with the yellow pickled radish, and pickled mustard.  The rice balls are pretty sizable so 1 per person is more than enough.  $2.20 per rice ball.


Grilled shrimp!  It’s seasoned with salt and served with a dollop of mayo.  I didn’t try this but my friend said it was really good.


The Korean short-ribs.  We did not expect the plate to be so generous!  This is just 1 order.  The meat tastes a little sweeter than the traditional Korean version, but nonetheless, it was very soft and tender!   I think it was $5.95 or $6.95


Torihei’s chicken meatballs are also really tasty.  The meatballs are a good size, are lightly grilled with a yakitori sauce, and yet so juicy!  $1.80 per skewer


Torihei’s chicken meatballs are so good, but covered in cheese, they’re even better!  $2.50 per skewer


Chicken breast skewers!  You can select from 3 different sauces – spicy cod roe (the bottom 2), plum sauce (the middle) or with wasabi (the top two).  I liked the spicy roe version the best!  $1.80 per skewer


This is the fried pumpkin with cornflakes.  Little did we know it’d be a dessert sort of item.  The pumpkin is actually kabocha squash.  Dip the fried pumpkin in the accompanied vanilla ice cream, and you get the best of both worlds (hot and cold!).  YUM!  $5.95