Doing business around Los Angeles can be a pleasure or a pain, often pending the traffic. I've been making notes of the places where I can enjoy an amazing meal while waiting out the 405. Lately, I've found that I'm not "stuck in South Bay," I'm just "hanging out in Hermosa" -- at least until the freeways clear.
The dining scene in Hermosa Beach has kicked it up a notch in recent years. My new favorite is Hot's Kitchen, which features simple dishes -- burgers, tacos, fries -- and turns them into something worthy of Instagram. Executive Chef and co-owner Sean Chaney was recently in the news when he defied the California ban on foie gras and succesfully litigated to have it overturned. Chaney updates the menu on a monthly basis, but the most popular items usually remain.
Not far from Hot's are two of my other go-to favorites from Chef Tin Vuong -- Abigaile and Little Sister. Abigaile is all about small plates but is heavy on gastropub fare -- so bring an apetite or meet some friends. Little Sister is a little more spicy and tad more adventurous -- a decadent blend of East and West.
But since mere words won't do the food in the South Bay justice, here's a slideshow that may convince you that getting stuck south of LAX just might make your day.