Without lighthouses, sailors would have to rely solely on the charity of reformed sirens or the trail of dropped stones cleverly left on the voyage out to guide them home. Savor sustenance amid ship-routing radiance with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.
The Lighthouse Cafe, recognized by the CityVoter Los Angeles HotList as Best Jazz Club in 2009, has captivated customers with sultry scores since the 1940s. Chefs complement crooning with impromptu harpsichord jam sessions and an eclectic menu of pub grub and breakfast offerings. The Heart Attack omelette, named after a classic B-movie featuring an onslaught of rampaging monster hearts, is a morning-time medley of ham, bacon, and smoked sausage ($8.95). Evening imbibers can mash molars on the buttermilk-battered chicken tenders with ranch dressing ($9.95) or the R.A.T. salad, a fresh federation of red onion, avocado, chopped tomatoes, garlic, lettuce, and white balsamic dressing ($8.95). Deploy the fire-fighting foam of a Purple Haze beer ($7.50/12 oz. bottle) to extinguish bicuspid blazes fostered by the spicy-cheese topped Bull Dog, a frankfurter bestrewn with mashed tater tots ($5.25).
Pop in to the diversified music mecca any night of the week for an assortment of rhythmic entertainment, from reggae to karaoke to a staged reading of the transcripts from the 1966 broadcast of The Yule Log, or enjoy the long-standing Sunday Jazz Brunch amid the eatery's exposed brick. The young and young-at-heart are welcome at the euphonious eatery, but only the young-at-heart can get in after 6 p.m. during special events, provided they're older than 21.