After spending 38 years cooking for her husband and seven children in New York, Mama D decided to move to California. She packed her grandmother's recipes, arrived on the West Coast, and opened a traditional Italian eatery. Nowadays, Mama D, Papa D, and their children take turns supervising the eatery's kitchen, where chefs roll signature homemade raviolis and fill them with chicken, sautéed spinach, or lobster and crab. Using dough made with filtered water, they knead Mama D's Neapolitan pizzas and top them with homemade sauce and freshly grated parmesan. Most of the restaurant's dishes are named after their inventors. Names such as Julianna's homemade meatball, Gary's veal parmigiana, Jr.'s chicken limone, and Cheryl's steamed clams contribute to Mama D's family atmosphere and make it easier for Julianna, Gary, and Cheryl to remember their favorite dishes.
The door to Mama D's rests beneath a green awning and opens to a casual eatery with tables veiled in red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Passing through the interior, diners arrive at an outdoor seating area decked out with a fireplace and sun umbrellas.
In order to reinvent the seafood-eatery formula of their oceanside neighborhood, a group of restaurateurs looked elsewhere, to what they name in their bio as the "only other coastal location in the U.S. that matches the allure of Manhattan Beach." As a result, The Hamptons' seafood-focused cuisine and oceanic decor stays true to its namesake. Executive chef David Linville crafts a menu of gourmet-inspired, yet casual dishes that range from tender crab cakes and seared scallops with risotto to fish tacos and lobster rolls. Inside the sea-foam-hued dining room, blue-glass floats suspended in fishing nets cast an underwater glow across rows of tables to the lobster traps above the bar. There, 14 types of craft beers rush from the taps, and red and white wines pour freely into glasses or the tackle boxes of fishermen angling for tuna sommeliers.
Mr. Cecil's California Ribs is a unique Los Angeles ribs restaurant. Chef Jonathan Burrows takes western American barbeque, adds a slight Asian influence, then infuses California freshness and the highest quality ingredients - like organic chicken and vegetables - along with a menu that includes fish and salads
At Leafy Greens Salad Bar, diners build their own salad up from the lettuce to the dressing, adding kale, sundried tomatoes, beets, and a variety of other ingredients. Salad architects can also add hits of protein, such as diced chicken, salami, and tofu. Nearly a dozen types of vegan and vegetarian soups simmer nearby, waiting for hungry patrons to ladle them into a bowl or a capacious shoe.
Oceana Bistro Cafe's floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patios unveil sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Located just down the street form the neighborhood eatery, the sea provides more than just idyllic scenery—it yields fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab for gastro-pub-inspired fare. Chefs tailor their cooking style to suit the time of day. At lunchtime, they layer casual, deli-style sandwiches with Boar's Head meats, leaf lettuces, and seasoned mayo. At dinner, they take a more gourmet approach, grilling fine meats (among them, filet mignon and ahi tuna) until they achieve a supple texture and jail stripes. Chefs pair the dishes with locally produced wines and craft brews.
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.