Dine Time – Torrance

21 Square Bar & Kitchen

3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, California 90503
310-543-6034
http://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/laxtr-torrance-marriott-redondo-beach/21-square-bar-+-kitchen/5885086/home-page.mi
Cuisine: Modern American
Jackie says: 21 Square offers handcrafted, coastal, comfort cuisine and a hyper-local design concept. The menu items may seem familiar (tacos, fish & chips, flatbreads), but the executive chef and his team have created inspired versions of these popular dishes. The menu also features local craft brews and a Private Label beer appropriately named ‘21 & Over’ from Absolution Brewing. There are several seating options – guests can dine in the Great Room or on the patio, or enjoy a drink around the fire pit on the veranda.

El Torito Grill

21321 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 543-­1896
http://www.etgrill.com/
Cuisine: Mexican
Jackie says: I always order the specials because they sound so good and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for the warm tortillas with orange butter.

Hey 19

4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 378-8119
http://www.hey19publichouse.com/
Cuisine: American Comfort
Jackie says: Hey 19 opened just a few months ago (summer 2014) and it’s already become one of my favorite places to eat and just hang out. The decor and food are retro Americana and infused with nostalgia. The menu comes in a Pee Chee folder, an iconic Farah Fawcett poster hangs behind the bar, no two chairs are alike and the name is taken from a classic Steely Dan song. The menu is packed with comfort foods – think, fried chicken & waffle, grilled cheese, pork chop, mac & cheese, burgers, meatloaf – and it’s even better than mom used to make. They already have a live entertainment permit and I predict Hey 19 will become the hottest dance spot in the South Bay. BTW, when you visit, bring a photo of yourself when you were 19 and they’ll put it on the board!

Lucille’s Smokehouse & Bar-B-Que

Del Amo Fashion Center
21540 Hawthorne Boulevard, #401B
Torrance, CA 90503
310-370-7427
www.lucillesbbq.com
Cuisine: Southern American, BBQ
Jackie says: You can’t go wrong ordering anything off this menu. This is my go-to spot for BBQ and old-fashioned Southern cooking. I limit myself to eating here only once each month otherwise I would weigh 400 pounds. It’s that good.

Red Car Brewery

1266 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
310-782-0222
http://www.redcarbrewery.com/
Cuisine: American
Jackie says: I like everything about this casual eaterie: the building, the concept – and the menu has something for everyone. Oh, yeah, don’t let me forget the beer!

Restoration Kitchen & Wine

1437 Marcelina Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-8100
http://www.restorationwinebarla.com/
Cuisine: American/Californian with Asian and French influences
Jackie says: Restoration Kitchen & Wine is located in the heart of historic, highly walkable, Downtown Torrance and has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. The chef, Camden Hershberger, hails from Bouchon in Beverly Hills and his provenance is apparent with a quick peek at the menu. The dishes are as sophisticated as you would expect, offering an array of unique taste profiles, but the ambiance is classic, South Bay casual. I particularly appreciate the portion size – I’m able to enjoy an appetizer, entree and dessert without feeling that I overindulged. They make the most of the intimate space with a couple of communal tables to complement the 2 and 4 tops. I highly recommend making a reservation as the place fills up fast and early. It’s already a hit with locals and with easy access from the 405 and 110, will surely draw patrons from all over Southern Cal.

Rock & Brews PCH

6300 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
310-378-4970
http://rockandbrews.com/pch/
Cuisine: Casual American
Jackie says: This is my go-to spot for beer and a burger…..but sometimes it’s a glass of wine and artichoke appetizer. The extensive menu features American comfort food as well as regional favorites like fish tacos and Santa Maria Tri Tip so there’s something for everyone – including Fido. Yep, they have a special menu for our four legged friends and, wait for it…..Bowser Beer! It’s the perfect spot to grab a beer, kick back and watch a game (or games) on multiple screens while the kids entertain themselves on the patio jungle gym. Oh, did I mention they offer over 100 craft brews?

Tender Greens

Village Del Amo
21247 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
(424) 488-0639
http://www.tendergreens.com/
Jackie says: Tender Greens just opened their new location in Torrance but they already had a huge local fan base that would travel to the Culver City or Santa Monica locations for their fix. Named one of the “10 Best Chain Restaurants in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, the food is truly addictive. The Torrance location features a veg-friendly menu with new protein options and plant-based sides, in addition to the mouth-watering Backyard Steak, Thai Shrimp, Tuna Nicoise and other favorites. I’m already hooked on the Lifestyle Drinks – veg and fruit blends that are unlike any ‘green’ drink I’ve ever tasted. Tender Greens is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood and conveniently located across the street from the brand new Del Amo Fashion Center.

The Depot

1250 Cabrillo Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
310-787-7501
http://www.depotrestaurant.com/
Cuisine: Euro/Asian Fusion & Continental
Jackie says: The Depot is located in the restored historical Southern Pacific Railway Depot of Torrance – such a cool space! Long considered the best fine dining establishment in the city – the Zagat review describes it as “imaginative, exceptional, eclectic cuisine” – Chef Shafer and his team never fail to impress. This is adventurous, fine dining at its best!