Yelpers give El Gringo Mexican Restaurant in Redondo a three-star average. The Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach locations have a 3.5-star average, and TripAdvisors give the Hermosa Beach location an average of four owl eyes:
Ornate chandeliers illuminate an explosion of color inside Henri Girl Boutique, a fashion-forward boutique dotted with modern wares from an array of well-priced designers. Within the airy boutique, a prismatic display of this season's holiday dresses, patterned sweaters, and assorted jewels hang on mannequins who tote leather clutches filled with plastic packs of gum. The boutique also houses a variety of boots, light-weight knit tops, and jeans of every color. Stylish sales associates weave past these fashionable figures to help customers pick out a look, and fuchsia-colored benches cushion backsides as shoppers try on gold-hued flats or peep toe wedges.
Though the name of their business venture has been synonymous with finery and prestige for more than 100 years, the chefs at The Rockefeller never stop looking for ways to add even more weight to the name. Specializing in artisanal pub eats, the chefs whet appetites with fresh, briny oysters, which often serve as a savory prelude to braised-short-rib tacos or apricot-enriched duck confit. Inventive yet selective, the culinary magicians also infuse waffles with bits of bacon, topping each creation with fried chicken and pads of clover-honey butter. Pair any of these eats with any one of the bar’s 24 craft brews on tap and there’s bound to be some magic or nonmagic belches in the air.
Not to be outdone by the back-kitchen specialists, the servers claim domain over a setting that’s as quietly elegant as the offerings on the menu. A stone-pillared, covered patio with skylights contrasts the rich wood tones of the indoor dining room, with both spaces primed for special events that range from the no-frills 99-cent gourmet-burger days to wine Wednesdays. The space also plays host on Thursdays to cult-movie nights, an especially appetizing event for those who enjoy the taste of cheesy celluloid.
After the Inca Empire fell, waves of Spanish conquistadors, African slaves, Chinese workers, and Italian immigrants settled in Peru. Naturally, the country’s newfound cultural diversity manifested in one particularly noticeable way: the cuisine. Today, potatoes, chili peppers, and corn––as prepared by the Incas––share plate estate with beef, citrus fruits, soy sauce, and pasta to create the rich and unique cuisine found at El Pollo Inka.
Native Peruvians Rosa and Salomon Jaime opened the first El Pollo Inka in 1987, beginning their own culinary empire that today consists of six locations across California and one in Miami. The restaurant’s Peruvian-style chicken rotates on a rotisserie spit for hours to achieve the juiciness and tenderness that makes it the crown jewel of the menu. However, El Pollo Inka’s beef, seafood, and vegetarian dishes also vie for palate popularity with the help of cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and an all-star public relations team. The restaurant also matches bites with sips from a wine list that includes varietals from Chile.
Deemed one of the best spots in Los Angeles by Saturday Night Magazine, Rok Sushi Kitchen unites chefs who wrap more than 50 specialty rolls with a kitchen that cooks an array of Japanese fusion dishes. Inside a lofted dining room, minimalist decor glows with golden and brown tones, and warm lamps cut through the dark without help from the flashlight Mom tucked into a maki roll "just in case." Framed by shelves stocked with a multitude of bottles, the bar's deft mixologists synthesize cocktails that blend freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices with sake and other spirits. Bruce Lee stands frozen in time inside a pop-art portrait above the sushi bar, and Hermosa Pier beckons mere footsteps or cartwheels from the front door.