FFFF (Fat Face Fenner Fishack): Cheer Bo Sox outside of Boston...and drink/eat!
Filed Under Food or Sports-Spectating
Well, this is a very particular tip if you are a fan of Boston Red Sox baseball or if you are from Boston and want to connect with your Boston-ness while being in the Los Angeles area to enjoy the usually better weather and good times. What the f--- is FFFF? Funny name for a bar but this is not your typical local one. OK, food is not what to mention so much here-rather the atmosphere. FFFF is one of two bars that are specialty Boston Red Sox bars , just at Hermosa alone! If you are in the LA area but miss Boston, come here especially in the spring and summertime to enjoy the "Sawks!" and experience the whole "Baaston" thing. I have a very strong martini here which is more on the fancy side. Beer is always favored and poured. Ask for the head guy here who will remind you of one of the regulars on the show, Cheers. Here, I feel as though I were in Beantown. The environment is raucous. Crowds flock in from the first pitch of the game and the bar gets deafening- though it wasn't as much so when I went in due to the Bo Sox trailing miserable. 2006 was not a great year for the team but expect the team and their loyal, passionate followers to keep pushing on-hopefully knocking the damn Yankees down in the process.
Favorite Dish: Dish? What dish? Hee Hee...
I will have to try the fish here sometime!
- Beer Tasting
Paisano's Pizza: Have a NY-style slice at Paisano's
There is hope for NY-style pizza lovers in southern California. It takes some searching but one will find it to near perfection at Paisano's. Expect a not so fancy-smancy diner for major pizza consuming. What keeps me coming back here is a variety of slices is about always available-not just pepperoni and cheese from which to choose! Though some bad reviews have been posted on the web, my experience has been very favorable with service being prompt and out of the way friendly. The decor inside is typical pseudo-NY style with the obligatory Sinatra and Dean pics on the wall, movie posters like that of The Godfather and yada yada yada.... Basically, for those coming to Hermosa , fiklll your appetite here after a nice, long walk along the shoreline and the strand.
Favorite Dish: pizza with eggplant and/or chicken; white pizza
All varieties of pizza are good to me here but I single out these since it's rare to get these available right away by slice.
- Food and Dining
Fritto Misto: Save room for delicious, colorful pasta!
Come to Fritto Misto for the great, filling pasta and then walk off the calories to the beach. The atmosphere is nice, colorful and cozy. Why this place is called Fritto Misto puzzles me because "fritto misto" means "fried mix" and refers to seafood usually. Fish is not a main dish to eat here nor is this place a stir fry place for sure. But what's in a name really? Prices here are quite reasonable, definitely so considerable the restaurant is somewhat near the beach and is attractive. If in Beverly Hills, for example, they'd be twice as much. The dining room mirrors one in Provence with harmonizing yellow and rich blue. On the exterior, the orangy peach paint makes the restaurant hard to overlook. Choose off the menu or make your own pasta creation, which I did.
There is a corkage fee of $1.50 so a good place to share your own bottle of wine.
The restaurant specializes in high protein and vegetarian pasta dishes.
Hours are Mon-Thur 11:30 10:00, Fri/Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun 11:30-9:30.
Favorite Dish: Spinach Pesto pasta with kalamata olives-- my creation (OMG- way too many kalamata on the plate but can't complain too much!)
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
Pacific Room Cafe': Healthy, Fresh, Delicious
I eat here once or twice a week and the food is healthy, fresh, and delicious. You really can't go wrong. And it's guilt free. That's how healthy it is! But not bland at all! I am a huge fan! Warning: this is a husband and wife team. It takes a while for the husband (who is otherwise great) to warm up to you. Don't be offended he's like that to everyone.
Favorite Dish: I think my favorite is chicken with broccoli and sh itake mushrooms. I get it medium spicy. It comes with white or brown rice. The brown rice is great..it's like sticky brown rice. And amazing salad. I don't know what it is, but it's amazing and the greens are organic to top it off. Sean's favorite chicken and garlic green beans. There are a lot of vegetarian options too for people who like that.
Ashley's Deli: Great Sandwich Deli
They have great breakfast sandwiches and regular sandwiches and macaroni salad, potato salad, that kind of deli salad. I go there a lot after practice. They use really good Boar's Head brand meat, which is really good.
Favorite Dish: Turkey, salami and cheese on a roll with pickles and pepperoncinis with Italian dressing. YES! It's a good sandwich. The breakfast sandwiches are really good too. (You can get them all day.)
Mama D's: You won't believe the service!
The service is outstanding. While you wait for a table, you are given fresh baked bread and ice cold water. There is always a short wait...another mark of a truely great restaurant. The food is spectacular. For some, Olive Garden is fine Italian dining. If you fit that category...either stop reading now or get on a plane to Mama D's tomorrow. The food is so good that I had no leftovers, but if you do have to take a "doggy bag" home, the staff will carry it to your car.
Favorite Dish: The Veal Parm was fantastic but all the dishes are great.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- School Holidays
Buena Vita: Buena Vita
Very reasonable prices, beautiful people, a little on the loud side, fantastic food, and close to HErmosa beach nightlife!
Favorite Dish: Penne al fungi con pollo - Penne with mushrooms and chicken in a cream sauce. Bring your own wine form home and they will open it for you
Buona Vita: Buona Vita
Great ambience! Small and intimate setting where you can have a romantic dinner for two or invite a group of friends to join you for a fun outing! There's two rooms. One is usually for parties of 10 or more. Good food, unbelievable prices, and BYOB! What more could you ask for??? :)
Favorite Dish: Italian restaurant with everything from gnocchi in pesto to lobster ravioli in a cream sauce. The food in and of itself isn't all THAT great, but the ambience and prices make this place tons of fun! :)
California Beach Rockn' Sushi: OUT OF BUSINESS... but a new sushi place opened
Monday night features all you can eat sushi, and the place goes off. I'm updating this tip now to say that I haven't been there in a couple years now... but it used to be a real party spot on Mondays... if you don't want loud/party scene... then try someplace else. Try Kina in Manhattan. See my Manhattan tip.
this place is gone now... but there is a new sushi place there in the same spot called Hama Hermosa... i went there once... 2 of the 5 people with us got sick there... not sure if I'll go back
Favorite Dish: All-you-can-eat sushi on Monday night.
Pacific Rim Cafe: Pacific Rim Cafe
Tiny little local joint where they have good Korean food. Of course, it's not totally authentic, but it's still pretty good. Most people take out. It's not really much of a place where you would sit and eat, but there are a few tables.
Favorite Dish: Try their bulgogi if you've never had Korean food. That's a good starter dish if you've never had Korean.
Mediterraneo is a tapas-style restaurant along the walk street at Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. It has a more upscale, lounge feel to it than some of the surrounding restaurants and bars along the street; you will feel comfortable if you are a little dressed up or a little more beachy. Has a nice outdoor patio with heat lamps (makes for a great outdoor dining experience) in addition to a cozy inside area. We sat at the bar to enjoy tapas.
The service from the kitchen was a little bit slow, but if you're chatting with friends and sharing dishes, it shouldn't be a problem.
Favorite Dish: The roasted veggies were great. I also loved the shrimp that I got; they were cooked very well...tender on the inside, crispy on the outside! I'm also a huge fan of bacon-wrapped dates...they were pretty good at Mediterraneo, but they are better at the Courtyard in West Hollywood. Drink a glass of sangria (fruit was a little soggy for my taste, but still had a good flavor) or a glass of red Rioja to have a more "authentic" experience.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Bottle Inn: great wine list
This historic Italian restaurant is nestled on a quiet Hermosa Beach side street and has been serving great wines and amazing food for over 35 years! The staff is competent and polite, the food delicious and slightly decadent, and the atmosphere is beach side cozy. For an especially romantic evening, request a table in the restaurant's wine cellar, and gaze upon the rows of Pinots, Cabs, and Chardonnay as you nibble your courses.
The restaurant has a four star wine list, including great bottles of hard to find Bordeaux and several choices of Opus One.
Favorite Dish: ~Started off with the "Insalata della Casa" A mix of romaine, artichokes, hearts of palm, red onion shavings, mushrooms, and house dressing. Light, crisp, and clean...and very fresh!
~Main entree was the chicken parmigiana, the breaded chicken breast was thin and cooked to perfection. The side of angel hair pasta was the perfect compliment.
~Simple desert: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
~Special Winemaker events, Sunset Dinners.
- Business Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Women's Travel
Hennessy's Tavern: Irish Pub
Hennessy's Tavern is a great beer, good food, and constant laughs kind of bar/restaurant. The quality of food is consistent and the atmosphere is always cheerful and lively.
Favorite Dish: Mimosa's are $3 on weekends until 12pm.
Italy's Little Kitchen: Your average Italian Restaurant
While the food isn’t great, and the delivery service is an absolute perfect model of inefficiency, we continue to order from Italy’s Little Kitchen about once a month. Why? Mostly because there aren’t a lot of restaurants that deliver in the South Bay. You can order through a food delivery service such as LAbites, but they charge you so many fees, it just gets too expensive. If you ever order delivery from ILK, just make sure you give them an hour and a half to get it to you. As long as you plan ahead, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with their average (at best) food. The pizza Margarita IS good, and so is the bread.
I used to go to their other restaurant in Westchester while I was in college and I was never disappointed. Maybe I’m too picky now? Either way, I don’t think it’s worth the effort to actually eat at ILK; there are enough other good restaurants in the area. A good alternative would be The Bottled Inn, in Hermosa Beach. Ask to sit in the wine cellar, or on the patio if it’s a nice day.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Margarita, chicken salad, and their bread.
Fusion Sushi: Order the lobster roll
I am somewhat addicted to the sushi at Fusion Sushi. There are a few of these around, so check it out if you see one by you. I usually order takeout but have eaten in the restaurant a few times. Also, every time I go into the restaurant to pick up my food, I notice a few specials that I'm always interested in. The fish is fresh and the prices are MORE than reasonable.
Favorite Dish: I love the asparagus snow roll, which has asparagus and crab on the inside and baked salmon on the outside. I'm always surprised that it tastes better than I remember.