21515 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Marion Crepes, the famous patisserie from Harajuku in Tokyo, has a pop-up store inside the Torrance Mitsuwa for a limited time!!! I chanced upon it while I lunched at the food court last week, and vowed to be back during the weekend when I had more time. The pop-up store will run until 3/30/2014, and there’s a 30 minute break daily between 4pm -4:30pm.
The line was pretty long today. We waited in line for about 15-20 minutes just to place our order. Once our order was in, we waited another 5 minutes for the crepes to be made. There are only 2 workers at the pop-up store, so expect a bit of a wait.
The display case with the model crepes. There are so many choices! It’s mostly dessert crepes, with 2 different savory tuna crepes.
There’s also the option of adding additional toppings. Go for the green tea ice cream!
All of the crepes are made fresh-to-order.
We got the #16 – nutella with banana crepe, and added the green tea ice cream. The nutella crepe is a warm crepe, so they left the crepe on the pan longer – the result is a wonderful crispy wafer cookie texture. The green tea ice cream really complemented the crepe – it’s so rich and creamy! The gooey warm nutella and banana are winning combinations with the crepe. So yummy! $7.09 including tax
For sure, will be back before the pop-up store closes, so that I can try the other flavors! 🙂
1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
This place was recommended to me by a co-worker. It’s been around for many years, but was formerly known as Harry’s Aloha Chop Suey. So as you can probably guess by its former name, Harry’s serves Hawaiian food. Harry’s is located on Redondo Beach Blvd, in a tiny strip mall. Parking is a bit sparse, but I think you should be able to park in the parking lots of the adjacent strip malls.
Besides the obvious Hawaiian-style fried chicken, there’s also Hawaiian favorites such as loco moco, saimin, chicken katsu, teriyaki chicken, spam musubi, etc. The fried chicken comes in regular and boneless versions. The restaurant itself is a bit small, with only a few tables, which is why I think most people were ordering to-go. Even though I ordered food to be eaten at the restaurant, they still served it to me in a to-go box, which worked out since portions are generous!
The store front
Menu is up on the board and there’s just a few tables inside the restaurant
I got the Harry’s Mixed Plate which comes with Harry’s Fried Chicken, char siu pork, spare ribs, fried wonton, macaroni salad and rice. The fried chicken is coated in a sweet batter and was moist and flavorful. My favorite was the spare ribs, which were fall-off-the-bones good, and drenched in a gravy. The macaroni salad is actually a mix of a macaroni and potato salad, and pretty tasty. The char siu (Chinese-style bbq pork) was also good. The fried wontons were only ok for me. Portions are pretty generous. $8.95.
So far, this is one of my favorite Hawaiian joints in LA. I’ll be back to try the loco moco!!!