144 N Catalina Ave This may be the only time we recommend eating at a liquor store, but what the space lacks in ambience, the incredible burgers more than make up for in serious flavor. If you’re feeling bold, try and conquer the Napoleon: two massive beef patties topped with bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, cheddar, American cheese, a fried egg, and braised short rib. Oh, and don’t forget the parmesan truffle fries.
514 N Pacific Coast Hwy This gastropub had us at “owned and operated by Top Chef
runner-up Brooke Williamson” (yes, it’s a little crush). Then she went and threw pretzel burgers, brown sugar ribs, and chili-lime fried shrimp into the mix, and it became love. And because Hudson House is apparently heaven, there’s a beer list so deep it echoes. Swoon.
1000 Torrance Blvd If the endless search for the perfect pizza brings you to Orlando’s, you won’t be disappointed; while it’s not just the slice that put this place on the map (anywhere with poutine this delicious is doing something right), the pies definitely seal the deal. Say it with us: sweet crust marshmallow and nutella pizza. Enjoy.
402 S Pacific Coast Hwy With its proximity to the ocean, Redondo Beach carries a big expectation of fresh seafood, and Chitose doesn’t disappoint. Marry impeccable fish, with authentic flavors and an omakase to please both wallet and appetite, and you can’t go wrong. Or you could, by not coming at all. So, don’t do that.