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Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Tailgate!

One of my new favorite food finds is Lawry’s tailgate!!!  I love eating at the restaurant in Beverly Hills and did not know that they throw a catering tailgate at every USC home football game until this year.  I think they now have it for all UCLA home games as well.  So for all of you guys who love the restaurant experience, you will also love the catered tailgate as well!

The USC tailgate has grown in size, so now it is under a massive tent, near Gate 1 at the Coliseum.  I had gone to the homecoming tailgate, and it was around 30 tables.  Reservations must be made and paid in advance through Lawry’s.  Seats do get sold out so be sure to make reservations in advance!  Reservation details can be found on Lawry’s website.

The check-in table and the crowd by the open bar.  Line moves pretty fast though!


Tailgate is $75 per person.  However, it is ALL-You-Can-Eat and All-You-Can-Drink (including alcoholic drinks)!  Food is just like what they serve at the restaurant – prime rib and turkey carving stations being the staples.  The rest of the menu changes, by the theme/state of the opposing team.  The menu can be viewed through the Lawry’s website – it’s usually available 1 – 2 weeks before the game.


For the homecoming game, there was the usual prime rib, with Lawry’s famous creamed spinach and potato au gratin.  There were also buffalo wings, and a refreshing apple salad.  The prime rib is more thinly sliced than the restaurant portion, so that people could make sliders, if they wanted to.  Since it’s AYCE, go for seconds or thirds!  🙂


Save some room for dessert too!  Double Rainbow Ice cream was the dessert at the homecoming game and let me just say, the coffee flavor even beats the Haagen-Daz version that I love.  Nom nom nom….


Lawry’s Tailgate is such an awesome experience and not to mention value.  Will definitely be back for more next year!


3801 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 796-0200


Fishbar is my favorite Manhattan Beach restaurant lately.  I’ve been here a handful of times and food has always been consistent.  Fishbar is located at the old Sharkey’s space, in north Manhattan Beach, right by El Porto.  It’s a pretty casual place, and set up like a sports bar, with lots of TVs inside!  I haven’t had any difficulty finding parking – there are plenty of metered street parking and there’s even the metered parking structure across the street.  The good news is, the meters now take credit cards!  I think it’s about $1 per hour.

Fishbar is actually a large restaurant and I haven’t had much of a wait here.  I’ve been during brunch, lunch and dinner.  It’s a “Seat Yourself” kind of policy, yet the service is prompt from the moment you sit down.  The only time I experienced some wait was when Fishbar was really busy, and so I had to flag down a waiter in order to get the check.  There’s a daily special almost every day – Shrimp Shack Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Crab Wednesday, Lobster Thursday, Saturday Brunch, etc.  Check the restaurant’s website for menu details.

Here are some recommended items:


I was on the hunt for a brunch place in Manhattan Beach which wouldn’t have much of a wait.  From experience, most of the brunch places in MB (North End Caffe, The Kettle, etc) have at least a 30+ minute wait during the weekends.  I was getting ready to write a post on Fishbar, when lo and behold, I see that they also have brunch.  The menu looked really good, so the decision was easy.  And it turned out to be an awesome idea!


The lobster hash – crispy fried potatoes & brussel sprouts tossed in sweet & spicy chipotle sauce, sauteed lobster, two eggs sunny side up, and spinach hollandaise.  The brussel sprouts were out-of-this-world good!  I couldn’t really taste the spiciness of the chipotle sauce, but this dish had the perfect combo of taste and texture.  So good!!!  $14.99


Flat iron steak & eggs –  flat iron steak with 2 eggs any style, crispy fried potatoes & brussel sprouts.  My friend omitted the potatoes but really enjoyed this dish and said that we should make Fishbar our new brunch spot!  $13.99



I’ve been here for Taco Tuesdays lunches for a few weeks now and have tried an assortment of different tacos.  The tacos at Fishbar, are of course, for the most part, seafood!  So here are my favorites:


Seared ahi tuna tacos – ahi tuna with cabbage, avocado mousse, pico de gallo and Thai chili sauce.  The Thai chili sauce adds just a bit of a kick, not that spicy.  $10 for an order of 2

Blackened salmon tacos – salmon with cabbage, avocado mousse, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. $8 for an order of 2

Sauteed lobster tacos – lobster with with cabbage, avocado mousse, pico de gallo, taco sauce and cotija cheese.  $9 for an order of 2


Hope you guys enjoy this place as much as me!  : )


Fishing with Dynamite


1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 893-6299


Fishing with Dynamite is a very small restaurant (about 5 tables total), owned by the same chef as MB Post a few doors down.  I’ve heard that it’s very hard to snag a dinner reservation, since the restaurant is so small.  So decided to go here for lunch instead.  Lunch reservation for New Years Eve was relatively easy — just made it on OpenTable!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect — the best seafood I’ve had was in Seattle, and hadn’t had anything in LA that came close.  But the restaurant has an impressive selection of oysters and other seafood.  Everything we had was so fresh and delicious!  Parking is always a little tricky around Manhattan Beach, so make sure you’re parked at one of the longer-term parkings, like the one with the underground parking. Most of the street parking is 2 hours max and may not give you enough time.   Bring lots of coins, as most of the meters only take coins.  Try to make a reservation if you can, otherwise the wait could be horrendously long!


Inside of the restaurant.  Like I’ve mentioned… it is very small!


The oyster sampler with half a dozen oysters.  The oysters come with a little card, which says the type of oyster and the place where it came from.  We also got the live uni (a daily special)!  It was all very fresh, and naturally sweet.  My favorite oyster was the Double DD (second from the right).  The oysters were hands down, some of the best I’ve had.  Mmmm…..  $18.25 for the half dozen oyster sampler.  $15 for the live uni.


The oysters came with 3 different sauces:  horseradish/mignonette, cocktail sauce and the ponzu.  The horseradish and the ponzu were really great on the oysters.  Really brought out the natural taste.


Steamed manila clams comes in a little iron crock.  It’s steamed in tomato, vermouth and linguica, and comes with grilled foccacia bread.  The clams were really tender and flavorful.  And the foccacia was perfect to soak up the sauce with!  $15


The Cape Code Squash Rolls with rosemary butter were really good, but a bit on the small side.  We also used this to dip in the clam sauce.  Mmm…  $5

We’ll be back to try the oyster poboy and the mahi mahi fish tacos!  We saw that people all ordered different dishes and everything looked so good~~

Best restaurants in South Bay

Discover LA published its list of the best restaurants in South Bay and I think it’s a pretty good one (although with so many great restaurants in South Bay, I’m sure they missed some!):


Here are my posts of the ones I’ve been to:


Eatalian Cafe:


The Standing Room:


I’ve been meaning to try Fishing with Dynamite and Little Sister, both in Manhattan Beach.  Has anyone been?  I haven’t heard of Coni’s Seafood or Mar’sel… I guess they’ll go on the to-eat list now!

Lawry’s The Prime Rib – DineLA

100 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 652-2827


DineLA restaurant week is always a great time to try out restaurants.  I remember going to Lawry’s a few years back and had a great experience there, but it was pricey.  Their DineLA dinner menu looks awesome this time, and is a great value compared to the normal menu so it gave me even more reason to go back.


Lawry’s can seat up to 500 (yes it’s one big place), but it can get crowded.  So make sure to make a reservation!  Also, I think it’s valet only for parking ($6).  Once you’re in the restaurant, you most likely have to wait  5 – 10 minutes while they seat the parties who’ve arrived ahead of you.  But never fear – in anticipation of hungry diners, Lawry’s has a waiting/welcoming lounge with complimentary meatballs and freshly fried potato chips.


Here’s the dineLA menu:


You get the idea.  So here’s what we ordered:

The Original Spinning Bowl Salad – it is tossed table-side.  Watch as your server drizzles the dressing while the salad bowl spins!  The salad is very fresh and the dressing (kind of like a tangier and lighter version of thousand island) is delicious.


Complimentary bread is freshly baked – crusty on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.  The way bread should be!


Yorkshire pudding – it comes with the meal and is great to soak up the au jus from the prime rib.  Mmmm…


2 types of horseradish to accompany the prime rib:  regular horseradish and whipped cream horseradish.  The whipped cream version is a lot milder.  Both are really great with the prime rib!  Btw – horseradish is like wasabi, just not green…


The star of the meal:  prime rib!  The meat cart is rolled to your table, choose the doneness of the meat and the meat is sliced table-side.  Mine was done medium.  Besides the mashed potatoes, you can choose another side (creamed spinach, creamed corn or  buttered peas).  The prime rib is melt-in-the-mouth delicious!  All of the sides were really great as well.


Broiled Nova Scotia lobster tail – the lobster meat was a bit too salty.  Other than that, it was ok.  Prime rib is definitely the winner.


You can choose any dessert from Lawry’s regular dessert menu, as part of the dineLA promotion.  This is the warm chocolate fantasy cake with Haagen-Daz vanilla ice cream.  The cake is warm and oozing of chocolate.  It’s perfectly balanced with the vanilla ice cream.  Rich but not too sweet.  Even though we were so full, we had to make room for this!


NY style cheesecake with brandied cherries. The cheesecake was good but the warm chocolate cake definitely stole the show.


I can’t wait for the next dineLA to go back to Lawry’s!

Manhattan Beach Country Club – Terrace Dining

1330 Park View Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546-5656


I had no idea that the Manhattan Beach Country Club was so close by my work place, until one of my bosses happened to mention that she was a member there.  She plays tennis there, and one day suggested that we should go there for lunch.  So off we went!


The Country Club is kinda located in an obscure location, tucked away in the midst of the city.  It’s right by the 24 Hour Fitness on Rosecrans.  I think non-members can dine there, but don’t quote me on that — better call to check.  Many of the parking spots are designated especially for the club members, so beware where you park.  The Terrace Dining overlooks the center tennis courts – it’s entertaining to watch people play.  Terrace Dining is very relaxing, and you don’t feel like you’re in LA anymore.  🙂


This is the regular menu.  There is also an express menu for lunch which we opted for:  3 courses (appetizer, main and dessert) for $19.


Appetizer:  white bean stew with Italian sausage.  Mild flavor but tasty.


Complimentary pretzel bread – fresh and hot from the oven!  The bread was chewy and the crust wasn’t too hard.  Yum!


Pistachio-crusted salmon with a bed of parmesan risotto and grilled brussels sprouts.   The salmon was perfectly cooked and seasoned.  The pistachio gave the salmon a nice toasty nutty flavor.  The parmesan risotto was a bit citrusy, so it was a nice balance with the parmesan and not too rich.  Loved the brussels sprouts!


Vanilla bean gelato with a sugar cookie.  Need I say more?  What a nice ending to a great meal!

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

Tin Roof Bistro

3500 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546-6180


A lot of my friends have August and September birthdays.  One of my friends chose this place for her b-day dinner.  I didn’t even know it was so close to me — it’s located in the same plaza as the Manhattan Village Mall.

Tin Roof Bistro is a pretty cozy place, with an extensive menu that has something for almost everyone.  There’s the regular menu plus daily specials.  Also, there’s a long wine menu as well.  Of course, some of us yelped before going to the restaurant, so we’d know what to order.  😉

Food is pretty good, although I think the pizzas are probably the highlights, besides the innovative appetizers.  Give it a try if you’re in the area.


Haystack fries – shoestring fries, garlic, homemade blue cheese dressing, dash of spicy sauce.  Yum!  6.00


Indian-spiced spinach dip – fresh spinach, cheese, curried cream, woodfire flatbread. This was highly recommended on Yelp and the Yelpers are right! 12.00


Soup of the day:  cream of mushroom.  I could taste the mushrooms.  Very good!  Make sure you tell the waiter/waitress which size you’d like.  They didn’t ask me and out came a big bowl, which I could barely finish…  cup 3.50  / Bowl 6.50


Fig and Pig pizza – this was brilliant!  Perfect blend of sweet and savory. Smoked bacon, figs, garlic, mozzarella, blue cheeses, balsamic syrup 13.50


Cobb salad – lots of chicken!  Romaine, tender chicken morsels, bacon, black grapes, walnuts, celery, crispy shallots, avocado and a combo of herbed vinaigrette & homemade blue cheese dressing 12.50


Lamb bolognese with pappardelle – homemade pasta, sauteed spinach, shaved parmesan, 12-hour sauce.  You can taste the richness of the sauce! 21.00