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.
There's a statue of a harpoon fisherman perched atop the tail fin of a writhing swordfish outside El Segundo Fish Co. Indeed, they take their seafood seriously here—the menu is nearly all-seafood, and it encompasses culinary influences from the Gulf of Mexico and the East and West coasts. At lunch and dinner, you can pair up baja shrimp tacos, jambalaya, and fish and chips with a range of West-coast wines. The surrounding dining space recalls an old fishing shack; weathered timber beams, bare wood floors, and old barrels mingle with decorations such as fishing rods with tackle and a massive butter sculpture of Captain Ahab.
The restaurant also brings its coastal cuisine outside the dining room with catering packages, ranging from barbecue picnics to Mexican-style taco bars.
Few cities are as celebrated for their cuisine as New Orleans, a fact the chefs at Bourbon Street Fish relish in as they grill fillets of red snapper and fry up tender wings of chicken. Po'boys stuffed with spicy sausage, shrimp, and oysters call to mind the tapestry of cultures that influenced Louisiana, while multicolored beads and Mardi Gras finery evoke images of costumed krewes, blaring Dixieland jazz processions, and tourists pretending to know the words to "Iko, Iko". Catering packages bring feasts of fish, French bread, and gumbo to client's doorsteps, while events such as Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards and New Orleans Saints viewing parties draw accolades from visiting foodies and crowds of homesick Louisianans.
Guided by his Cajun roots in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Chef Geyen warms spirits with Southern dishes including po'boys, jerk chicken, and jambalaya loaded with shrimp and chicken sausage. A twinkling backdrop of string lights sets the mood to enjoy fresh grilled catfish, shrimp, and hot or mild chicken links alongside homestyle sides of collard greens and Heart & Soul's signature sweet-potato fries. Guests can cool off with a homemade sweet tea, and question servers about their catered meals that serve up to 100 guests or one well-mannered giant.:
Everything at Las Brisas #2 Mexican Food is made from scratch, from the tortilla chips and salsa to the al pastor burritos. This family business has been doling out burritos, enchiladas, and tacos since 1982, though every made-from-scratch component of the meals lends itself to multitude of dishes. The al pastor, which is shepherd-style pork, is a customer favorite, and diners can request the meat in a burrito, in a combo plate, or by the pound to take home to freeze for re-creating tasty meals or icing a black eye. Other options include chile rellenos, seafood dishes such as camarones a la diabla, and beef and seafood soups.
Before filling up a plate at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet, take a moment to meander past the seemingly boundless rows of fresh crawfish, jumbo crab legs, and oysters, or to marvel at chefs as they toss steak and chicken on fiery teppanyaki grills. Stroll past the sushi station to admire sushi masters as they nimbly slice fresh fish and crispy vegetables into colorful specialty rolls, then saunter by simmering trays of pan-Asian specialties such as fried rice and crunchy spring rolls. The vast buffet abounds with more than 150 hot and cold items, many of which were made with seafood purchased directly from local fisherman.
Out in the spacious dining room, diners linger over last bites of creamy cheesecake and juicy strawberries in cushy booths, sipping imported beers and colorful cocktails. The bright space is decorated with nautical decor, including orange life preservers and impressionist pieces painted by local sea monkeys.