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Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.

Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.

1400 Park View Ave
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

• For $10, you get $20 worth of happy hour specials. • For $25, you get $50 worth of eclectic dinner fare and creative mixed drinks.

900 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

OB's Pub & Grill steadies appetites in a mellow, beachside bar with unobstructed views of both the ocean and a hearty menu of classic bar fare. A broad spread of appetizers supports casual snacking, with fried shrimp battered in Red Hook amber ale ($8.50) or, in season, steamed artichokes served with melted butter and mayo on the side ($7.50). Patrons flex fingers around hearty burgers and sandwiches, such as The South Bay, a half-pound patty stacked with Louisiana hot sausage and cheese ($9.95), or a pepper- and onion-packed Philly cheesesteak, served on your choice of a french roll ($9.50) or, for true Philadelphia flavor, a cardboard cutout of the Liberty Bell. Sate seafood cravings with a fresh salmon entree, either grilled or blackened, with your choice of two sides, ranging from fresh fruit to USDA-certified steak fries ($13.95). OB's also serves a variety of breakfast items for surfers out catching morning waves and single merpeople out catching morning merdates.

3610 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

Forget the airplane sign out front—there’s no pressing need to go anywhere once you’ve grabbed a coveted seat at Hangar Inn. The bar’s 14 TVs redefine the term “in-flight entertainment” with a constant stream of MLB, NFL, and NHL action.

1001 N Aviation Blvd
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

At Kah Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Vit Suttichanond blends Thai, Japanese, and Chinese flavors into pan-regional cuisine that Easy Reader News has praised for its presentation and its approachable flavor combinations. Familiar Thai curries and noodle dishes fill most of the menu, although wok-fried orders of kung pao chicken and meaty fried rice lend distinctly Chinese touches as well. The sushi chefs also breathe new life into sushi-bar staples with inventive aesthetic details, such as the crimson slivers that explode from the center of the dynamite roll.

Sconce-lit walls and exposed ceiling beams surround the dining room's gleaming wooden tables. Separated by a line of high-backed booths, the lounge area's backlit bar brims with potent spirits and a collection of bottled sakes that diners can knock over in hopes of winning an enormous stuffed animal.

1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

At Bonaventura Gelato Lounge, Alessandro Bonaventura uses his experience from Bologna, Italy's Gelato University to craft aesthetically pleasing treats for his young and young-at-heart customers. Each day, he and his wife, Stephanie, handcraft gelato from all-natural ingredients?imported from Italy or sourced locally?and arrange scoops into the shape of caterpillars or whales. Instead being lumped into a bowl, sundaes are placed in souvenir pirate ships or vintage cars to be played with after the last spoonful is gone. For toddlers, staff will dole out miniature servings so they get their own little cup rather than sharing.

So-called adults are also charmed by the duo's icy creations, whether it's plain silky-smooth gelato (also available in fat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free versions) or a more elaborate creation. A German gelato treat called spaghetti eis, for example, convincingly mimics pasta with vanilla gelato noodles, housemade strawberry sauce, and white-chocolate sprinkles. For a new take on the ice-cream sandwich, the GelaDough encases scoops between donuts or sweet brioche buns. Another trompe l'oeil confection is the pizza gelato, specifically made with gelato and fruit for Ninja Turtles with a sweet tooth.

308 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US