Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Standing Room

Los Angeles has some of the best food in the country and right now the hot spot is...the South Bay. Gardena, Torrance and the beach cities are becoming the place to find amazing food by some fantastic chefs. And not everything is expensive or over the top. Sometimes there aren't even seats...
At the Standing Room in Redondo Beach it's just that - standing room only. This tiny little take out place is nondescriptly slid into the back corner of Catalina Liquor. Blink and you'll miss it. Seriously, when the kids came with me they said, "Why are we eating lunch at a 7-11??"

The food here has been written about already on many online foodie websites, and let me tell you - the hype is real. There are burgers, sandwiches, plates all with a very L.A. feel - that is: fusion. Such an overused word, but chef Thomas Kim has such strong Korean and even Hawaiian influences on this menu, all the flavors are playful and unique.
Shishito peppers with lup chong sausage, a quesadilla with carnitas stewed pork and spicy kim chee, crispy skin pork belly - just really good high quality DELICIOUS food for just a take out place!

Without a doubt the sandwiches are fantastic (um, I've been back a few times) but on this particular day I decided to go for one of the 'big plates' which was one of the higher priced items on the otherwise reasonably priced menu and it was a ton of food.
I ordered the fried chicken, a flavorful, tender chicken with a hint of Korean spices that came with a variety of sides that reminded me of the coolest Korean banchan (side dishes) you'd never expect to find in a to-go box. Steamed white rice, mixed greens with a kim chee style dressing, fingerling potatoes in a pesto sauce and caramelized brussel sprouts seasoned with bacon. The sides were so good I almost didn't need the chicken! I said, almost.

The complaint? There's no where to sit and enjoy this great food, of course. It is called the Standing Room after all. Luckily the beach is right across the street and you can just take your meal, lay out in the sun and go for a swim. The perfect meal for the perfect day at the beach.

The Standing Room
144 N. Catalina
Redondo Beach

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3 Comments:

Blogger Gwynne aka kitchen wench said...

I'm thinking I need to move to Redondo Beach! haha

Sunday, April 17, 2011 7:13:00 AM  
Blogger Nanette said...

YUM!

Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:27:00 PM  
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