The 21 Essential South Bay Restaurants, Fall 2018

Chorizo breakfast burrito from Chori-Man

It’s about time the South Bay’s vibrant restaurant scene gets its due

Exciting things have been simmering in the South Bay lately. Just as Downtown Los Angeles has seen a true culinary rebirth over the past decade, so has its less-talked-about neighbor located only twenty miles to the south. In recent years, the Beach Cities have received a fair share of buzz thanks to the growing empires of several big-name chef/restaurateurs, but many of the southland institutions that represent one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the United States still go overlooked.

The South Bay has the second highest population of Japanese-Americans in the country, a demographic that lends itself to a thriving landscape of Japanese cuisine. Of course, also represented is a large population of Korean, Indian, and Latino cultures that contribute to the vibrant culinary diversity of the area. Here now, the essential South Bay restaurants (south of the 105), presented from north to south.

Added: Tamaen, Island Flavor Cafe, The Chori-Man

Removed: Al Noor, Saigon Dish, Shin Sen Gumi, Madre, Ichimiann, Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, Kagura, Baja Fish Tacos

Source: LA Eater