Dine Time – El Segundo

Craft Shack

850 South Sepulveda Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 546-6250
Cuisine: Elevated Pub Fare
Jackie says: Situated in the center of The Point, diners order at the counter and can enjoy a meal on the patio, on the grass in the Plaza or take it to-go. Craft Shack celebrates the local craft beer scene with a roster of South Bay-only craft beers from the Strand, 3 Weavers, El Segundo Brewing, Smog City and more, plus wine and spirits from artisanal producers. Casual, delicious, beachy!

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

2301 Rosecrans Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245
Cuisine: Steaks, Chops, Seafood
Jackie says: The decor is old school, men’s club – lot’s of dark wood, low lighting and leather booths. One of the few places in the South Bay where you’ll be comfortable getting dressed for dinner (even though some patrons show up in shorts and t-shirts). If you’re looking for a great cut of meat, look no further. I especially appreciate the ‘small plates’ they recently added to the menu. This is fine dining at its best and the prices reflect it. BUT! They also offer dual happy hours and a Bar a la Carte menu, so you can eat and drink your fill at a very reasonable price!

Jackson’s Food + Drink

Jackson’s Food + Drink
2041 Rosecrans Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245-4788
Cuisine: New American / Gastropub
Jackie says: Once you enter this comfortable, rustic, airy space, you quickly forget it’s located in the center of an office/entertainment complex and you’re free to completely relax. The staff is friendly, attentive and takes care of all your needs. The menu offers a well-rounded choice of appetizers, salads and entrees, as well as flatbread pizzas and charcuterie. The emphasis here is farm-to-table fresh and ingredients are regularly adjusted to reflect it. The presentation is flawless – salads burst with color, clams are heaped in rustic ironware, soups are served in cups – and the flavors are astonishing. Forget dinner and a movie at the Arclight – skip the show and make an evening of it at Jackson’s.

Jame Enoteca

241 Main Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Cuisine: Traditional Italian, Modern Californian
Jackie says: This tiny establishment is making big waves on the local food scene. There’s a Michelin-trained chef in the kitchen using local, market-driven ingredients. They serve salads, sandwiches and a couple of daily specials, but it’s ALL about the pasta, which is hand-rolled daily. (I should mention, I’ve had an incredible flank steak entree.) Located in a strip mall, they’ve been using a breezeway for patio dining (not sure if that’s a permanent setup) which provides additional seating, but don’t count on walking in. You really should make reservations well in advance!

Mendocino Farms

840 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Unit #100
El Segundo, CA 90245
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Salads, Soups
Jackie says: I grew up eating sandwiches made in NYC delis where they know how to make a sandwich. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Southern California never really got with the sandwich program. I gave up eating store-bought sandwiches years ago when Subway and Quizno became the standard for what a sandwich should be. I’m thrilled to report that FINALLY, the sandwich has arrived on the West Coast. Mendocino Farms sources their ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and food artisans for the freshest, most flavorful sandwich you’ve ever tasted. The breads alone are a revelation – fresh from the bakery, they don’t overwhelm the fillings but frame them. Traditional sandwiches get a Cali inspired update – turkey with herb-dill spread, organic alfalfa sprouts, sliced avocado, quick pickled cucumbers on mom’s seeded whole wheat, instead of the standard lettuce, tomato and mayo on French or sourdough. They also offer seasonal salads and sandwiches in addition to gluten free and vegan options. Beer and wine are available to complete the dining experience. Trust me, everyone will find something to love on this menu!

Salt Creek Grille

760 South Sepulveda Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 335-­9288
Cuisine: American & Californian
Jackie says: I’ve had several good meals here but I prefer it as a spot to meet friends after work. One of the bartender’s – I think his name was Ryan – made me one of the best Bloody Mary’s I’ve ever had.