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.
Though you can certainly get your burrito with beans and ground beef, the menu at Cantina Real Manhattan Beach encourages a little experimenting. Beyond the bounds of familiar Mexican dishes, it offers the chili verde burrito, a tortilla packed with tender chunks of pork simmered in a tomatillo sauce. There's also the enchiladas jaiba?enchiladas filled with crabmeat and cheese, covered in ranchero sauce?and the mahi mahi burger, topped with grilled onions and pineapple.
After dark, the restaurant serves up an inviting spread of top-shelf tequilas. Bartenders pour them as shots or mix them into cucumber-mint margaritas by hand, instead of using the traditional repurposed cement mixer.
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.