The Cozy Oasis (South Bay, LA) Guidebook

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The Cozy Oasis (South Bay, LA) Guidebook

Food scene
This list includes several restaurants Audrey and I frequently visit, nom nom nom! The local food scene is diverse and delicious. We hope this list provides you a good starting point for when you are hungry. Cheers! *For international travelers, consider referring to yelp.com when looking for a place to eat as it is the most popular customer review site for restaurants here.
We love their flat white!
Two Guns Espresso
3516 Highland Avenue
We love their flat white!
Comfortable brunch food! There usually is a wait, so we would order food to-go.
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The Pan Restaurant
16601 South Western Avenue
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Comfortable brunch food! There usually is a wait, so we would order food to-go.
Great pho and even better pork chop rice dishes!
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Saigon Dish Vietnamese Restaurant
15725 Hawthorne Boulevard
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Great pho and even better pork chop rice dishes!
Their spicy-lemon garlic chicken is amazing!
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Chicken Maison
2709 Manhattan Beach Blvd
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Their spicy-lemon garlic chicken is amazing!
This ramen place is amazing! Beware though, it usually has a wait during prime eating hours.
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Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen - Gardena
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This ramen place is amazing! Beware though, it usually has a wait during prime eating hours.
Their mole here is complex, yet comfortable~
Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria
1261 Cabrillo Avenue
Their mole here is complex, yet comfortable~
Amazing and comfortable Peruvian food! We love their lomo saltado!
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El Pollo Inka
15400 Hawthorne Boulevard
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Amazing and comfortable Peruvian food! We love their lomo saltado!
Quality Mediterranean food
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King Mediterrano
4354 Redondo Beach Blvd
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Quality Mediterranean food
Located in the expansive Del Amo Mall, this restaurant serves delicately delicious soup dumplings!
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Din Tai Fung
21540 Hawthorne Blvd
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Located in the expansive Del Amo Mall, this restaurant serves delicately delicious soup dumplings!
Tom yum soup (uniquely sour) and beef noodle soup are both dishes we go back for repeatedly
Bowl Thai
15490 South Western Avenue
Tom yum soup (uniquely sour) and beef noodle soup are both dishes we go back for repeatedly
Quality brews!
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Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 South Western Avenue
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Quality brews!
It’s a little bit of a drive, but their California burrito (carne asada/beef or al pastor/pork) is worth it to us!
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Maria's Ricos Tacos
613 W Manchester Blvd
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It’s a little bit of a drive, but their California burrito (carne asada/beef or al pastor/pork) is worth it to us!
Brought to you from SF, their mint mojito is an amazing chilled coffee
Philz Coffee
2191 Rosecrans Avenue
Brought to you from SF, their mint mojito is an amazing chilled coffee
We like the Kahlua pork pizza. Also, the shaved ice is considered the best Hawaiian shaved ice on the mainland!
Aloha Pizza & Shave Ice Company
1534 West Artesia Square
We like the Kahlua pork pizza. Also, the shaved ice is considered the best Hawaiian shaved ice on the mainland!
For those not from California and in need of a quick cheap bite
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In-N-Out Burger
3801 Inglewood Avenue
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For those not from California and in need of a quick cheap bite
I love their galbi tang (beef rib soup) if you feeling something hot and soupy.
Jun Ju Sul Lung Tang
1845 West Redondo Beach Boulevard
I love their galbi tang (beef rib soup) if you feeling something hot and soupy.
We like to come here for late night food when everything else is closed! Open 24 hours!
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Pho Daily
15126 S Western Ave
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We like to come here for late night food when everything else is closed! Open 24 hours!
Delicious authentic Hawaiian! Droool*!
Aunty Maile's Hawaiian Food
16300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Delicious authentic Hawaiian! Droool*!
Doughnuts!
SideCar Doughnuts & Coffee
Doughnuts!
Our favorite local taco truck, open 6p-12a
Doty's Tacos
14602-14400 Crenshaw Boulevard
Our favorite local taco truck, open 6p-12a
Go early for a wider selection of pastries! Pastries will be taken to-go as this place does not offer seating.
Frogs Organic Bakery
14809 Crenshaw Boulevard
Go early for a wider selection of pastries! Pastries will be taken to-go as this place does not offer seating.
Taiwanese hot pot! Perfect for a cold day! Beware there might be a wait.
Boiling Point
15488 South Western Avenue
Taiwanese hot pot! Perfect for a cold day! Beware there might be a wait.
From New York, their shack stack has a deliciously rich cheese-filled fried portobello mushroom in the burger
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Shake Shack
2171 Rosecrans Ave
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From New York, their shack stack has a deliciously rich cheese-filled fried portobello mushroom in the burger
One of our favorite boba milk tea places!
7 Leaves Cafe
18547 South Western Avenue
One of our favorite boba milk tea places!
Sightseeing
Sunset is our favorite time to go.
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Manhattan Beach Pier
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Sunset is our favorite time to go.
Good hike with good views (caution: chance of snakes like most Southern California hikes). Drive to the cliffs afterwards to relax.
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Portuguese Bend Reserve
Ishibashi Trail
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Good hike with good views (caution: chance of snakes like most Southern California hikes). Drive to the cliffs afterwards to relax.
Stroll, eat and watch a movie in this updated mall!
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Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 West Carson Street
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Stroll, eat and watch a movie in this updated mall!
Come here for a challenging workout on this steep sand dune hill! Local professional athletes frequently visit here for personal training sessions. Paid RSVP will be required (https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-facilities/sand-dune-park)
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Sand Dune Park
3299 Bell Avenue
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Come here for a challenging workout on this steep sand dune hill! Local professional athletes frequently visit here for personal training sessions. Paid RSVP will be required (https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-facilities/sand-dune-park)
Another beautiful pier to view the sunset! (There are some small shops and food places on the pier, but we feel they are overpriced)
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Redondo Beach Pier
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Another beautiful pier to view the sunset! (There are some small shops and food places on the pier, but we feel they are overpriced)
If you love books... because we do! This place has a diverse inventory, and the photogenic in-store design is a bonus!
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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
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If you love books... because we do! This place has a diverse inventory, and the photogenic in-store design is a bonus!
Paid parking, but admission is free :). This museum is currently housing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room; free first-come first-serve reservation required upon entering the museum.
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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Paid parking, but admission is free :). This museum is currently housing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room; free first-come first-serve reservation required upon entering the museum.
Famous for the (free) outdoor “Urban Light” installation, this place is great for an fun and romantic evening photo shoot ;)
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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Famous for the (free) outdoor “Urban Light” installation, this place is great for an fun and romantic evening photo shoot ;)