The Votes are In! Your New Favorite South Bay Restaurants
Written By: Marissa Kohne New South Bay Restaurants
Recently, LOCALE Magazine and Wells Fargo sponsored a poll to see which new South Bay restaurants were reader favorites. Among the admirable contenders, four delectable eateries rose to the surface of choice. Covering the wide variety of culinary genres, you’ll find the winners to be innovative, casual yet elevated, and above all, welcoming. Extensive lists of gourmet drinks and inspired plates await your hungry dinner party in the South Bay region. So if you haven’t had the opportunity to sample their creative, delicious menus, now’s your chance!
Owned by Paul Hennessey, noted restaurateur and founder of the Hennessey Group of restaurants, Rebel Republic Social House is a breath of fresh air in Riviera Village. It’s the amplified, contemporary cousin to your traditional bar, serving an enticing array of modern gastropub dishes with bold flavors. Enjoy the impeccable atmosphere of Redondo Beach as you sit outside on the patio, delighting in the gastropub/fine-food fusion menu and carefully chosen, extensive list of beers and cocktails. Pair an order of their signature fried deviled eggs, topped with whipped egg yolk and bacon, with a draft beer, or enjoy a full 12 hours of Taco Tuesday, starting every week at 11 a.m. While the food and drinks make repeat customers, the largest pull for the restaurant is the outdoor dining deck. The City of Redondo Beach initiated a new program to attract more visually appealing outdoor seating along Catalina Ave. To answer the call, Rebel Republic’s deck turned parking spots into something much more inspiring. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite like Rebel Republic in the area and it’s no surprise it’s a reader favorite!
1710 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90177
With a kitchen run by Executive Chef Tyler Gugliotta’s diverse and practiced culinary hand, your appetite is guaranteed to be delighted by a trip to Baran’s 2239. Owners and brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran strove to create something new on the PCH with a casual yet elevated restaurant serving only the freshest, in-house made dishes and pioneering flavor profiles. You probably wouldn’t expect such a fine dining experience in a strip mall, but you certainly won’t be disappointed with dishes such as the duck confit poutine and the quirky but tasty Indian egg, a runny egg wrapped in sausage and served with a cucumber yogurt salad. It’s absolutely evident that your experience is important to the chefs and you’ll often see them emerge from the kitchen to present your meal or answer questions. With an intimate atmosphere and impeccable presentation, Baran’s 2239 is a fantastic opportunity for a romantic date night or a casual group dinner.
502 Pacific Coast Hwy
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Said to be their “love letter to Italy, ” North Italia showcases traditional techniques with inventive flavors, plates for sharing and lighter preparations made with fresh seasonal ingredients. North Italia is known for their exemplary service and welcoming atmosphere, featuring an open kitchen where you can see hand-made pasta and pizza being made from scratch. The sensational short rib pasta, classic spaghetti and meatballs, and grilled artichoke appetizer with lemon aioli are only a few of their specialty dishes full of flavor and artisanal flare. If you enjoy authentic Italian meats, cheeses, and roasted peppers, check out the Chef’s Board, one of the highest rated charcuterie boards in Los Angeles, and the perfect size to split amongst a small party. In addition to modern Italian cuisine, North offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails and seasonal beer and wine that are designed to pair with any meal.End your experience with the delectable tiramisu, topped with a layer of chocolate covered rice crispy balls for extra texture. El Segundo isn’t the only location where you can enjoy their signature Italian cuisine. Begun in 2003 as a single Tucson restaurant, North Italia is now in nine locations including a second California restaurant in Irvine.
840 S Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 110
El Segundo, CA 90245
As soon as you enter Hey 19 Public House, you are welcomed by an indulgent chaos of carefully selected pop art, vintage pieces, and industrial charm. Pac-Man and Star Wars decor mix with exposed brick and vintage floral patterns in a look that evokes feelings of familiarity and fun. The drink and food menus, designed by Chef Vasili and owner Demi Stevens, are no different. Demi has an established reputation as a bartending/mixology genius, crafting bold and delicate flavors in explosive concoctions, all with a smile and interesting story. Pair those unbelievable drinks with the fancifully named “So Good I Can’t Remember” bacon wrapped tater tots, “Froo Froo Pasta, ” or the “Betty Spaghetti.” Demi has a solid 32-year career in the restaurant business, saying that she loves that the restaurant is different every day and gives her a chance to be creative. So come by Hey 19 for the eccentric atmosphere, stay for the food and drinks, and return time and again for the passion evident in every inch of the restaurant! Currently, Demi has two restaurants in the LA area with one coming to El Segundo and two to be opened in Texas.
4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505
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