2011 Best of A to Z

To celebrate the finest our community has to offer, Southbay magazine asked our readers and followers to select their favorites from more than 40 categories and nearly 200 nominees in all. After a staggering 17,000 votes, we've tallied the results.

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A is for Adventure

Hiking in Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Since 1988, the PVPLC has successfully preserved and/or restored 1,600 acres of open space on the Peninsula, much of which is accessible to the public via guided nature walks by volunteers, naturalists and geologists. Put on some comfortable shoes and SPF and see firsthand the birds, wildlife and plants that inhabit this stretch of our beautiful South Bay.

For a current schedule, visit pvplc.org.

•Cowboy Boot Camp
•Hang Gliding with Windsports off Dockweiler
•Paddle Boarding with South Bay Paddlesurf
•Whale Watching with Voyager Excursions

B is for Booze


The Simmzy brothers, as they say, “go way back, so they know each other well,” and the number one passion they share is drinking and eating (in that order). Chris, or Big Simmzy, has the difficult task of personally sampling all the craft beers that make the coveted chalkboard. With 24 rotating taps, many hard-to-find and a few “off the handle” specials, the only empty mugs are behind the bar.

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach | 310-546-1201 | simmzys.com

•Hot’s Kitchen
•Hudson House
•Manhattan Beach  Brewing Co.
•Naja’s Place

M.B. Post

The recently opened eatery by Chef David LeFevre scores out the gate with this early win for the corked stuff. Kudos to general manager and wine director Jerry Arbus for curating a list that includes such fine offering as Saxon-Brown sémillon and Parusso nebbiolo, available by the 3-ounce or 6-ounce portion. Not bad for the new kid on the block.

1142 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-545-5405 | eatmbpost.com

•The Bottle Inn
•Fonz’s Restaurant
•Friends of the Vine
•Shade Hotel
•Talia’s Restaurant

Mucho Ultima Mexicana

At 5 p.m. the bar and lounge of this popular Mexican restaurant overflows with the post-work crowd. Must be Cinco de Mucho and that $6 happy hour menu. Translation? Hot corn taquitos, yucca fries, carnitas sliders, hand-hacked guacamole and signature blood orange margaritas. Salud!

903 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-374-4422 | muchomb.com

•Hennessy’s Tavern, Hermosa Beach
•Kincaid’s Fish Chop and Steakhouse
•Mangiamo Ristorante & Bar
•Nelson’s at Terranea

The Navy Grog at Rock‘N Fish

Gold rum and fresh tropical juices topped with a layer of sweet Hawaiian dark rum. Summer in a glass.

120 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach | 310-379-9900 | rocknfishmb.com

•Cadillac Margarita at Riviera Mexican Grill
•Fire Chief at Old Tony’s
•Q-cumber & Tonic at Shade Hotel

Ercoles Bar

A pool table, better-than-good bar food, a great local crowd and drinks that keep flowing and flowing … what else could you ask for in a dive bar? Thanks for keeping it real, Ercoles.

1101 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-372-1997

•The Bull Pen
•The Mermaid
•Naja’s Place
•North End Bar & Grill

C is for Cuts

Hush Hush Hair Salon

Ready to rock a new look? Add this Manhattan Beach beauty stop to your iPhone favorites. Chic, city and contemporary, with a roster of comely stylists to match, every day is a good hair day.

1020 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-372-2600 | hushhushhairsalon.com

•Aqua Salon
•Bob Roy Salon
•Kasai Hair
•Lush Sculpting Lounge

D is for Dance

Beach Cities Dance

Two left feet? No problem. Owner and instructor Anna Rubin created a “process-based over product-oriented” space for beginner to advanced dancers to find passion in performance and movement. From ballet to ballroom, a talented faculty welcomes toddlers, adults and all ages in between to join their family. Get inspired.

2010 N. Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach | 310-796-0706 | beachcitiesdancemb.com

•Center Stage Dance Academy
•Fusion Studio
•Redondo Beach School of Music and Dance
•You Can Dance Studio

E is for Eats


Simple, fresh sushi at its traditional best. Purists love the albacore and sweet shrimp; the more adventurous love the lobster and papaya fusion of Lobster Dynamite. Number one seller? Crispy Spicy Tuna, deeply fried rice topped with avocado and sliced jalapeno pepper. Perfect washed down with a cold Asahi beer.

302 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-546-3761 | katsu-sushi.com

•O-sho Sushi
•Penny Lane
•Sashi Sushi + Sake Lounge
•Sun & Moon Café

Brother’s Burritos

The unassuming storefront just south of the pier in Hermosa draws a loyal customer base for everything from breakfast bowls to quesadillas. But the build-your-own burritos are the true stars at this family-owned business. Chances are you’ll see our founder and chairman Todd Klawin sitting at the counter. He’s a regular.

24 11th Street in Hermosa Beach | 310-372-0707 | brothersburritos.com

•El Burrito
•El Gringo
•La Penita
•El Tarasco


Sure, the red velvet cupcake is awesome, but we can’t get over the super moist and delicious multi-layered vanilla cake covered in the signature Susie Blue buttercream frosting. Add some colored sprinkles, a scripted message and a few candles and call it a party on a plate.

3500 N. Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach | 310-303-3780 | susiecakesbakery.com

•Beckers Bakery & Deli
•Cake Bakeshop
•Cupcakes Couture
•Torrance Bakery


Terranea Resort’s fine dining venue already has a lot going for it: a spacious, moonlit patio, breathtaking ocean views, intoxicating wines and cocktails. Add to the mix Chef Michael Fiorelli’s impeccable “California with a twist” cuisine, and how could you not fall madly in love?

100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes | 310-265-2836 | terranea.com/marsel

•Aimee’s Bistro
•Café Pacific at Trump
•Petros Restaurant
•Talia’s Restaurant


“Best Beer” meets “Best Burger” for the ultimate happy meal. Chef partner Anne Conness serves up the original— Omaha natural angus beef, Simmzy’s smoked onions, melted cheddar, garlic aioli, lettuce and tomato. Add Hill’s applewood bacon, avocado and balsamic roasted shiitakes, or substitute grilled chicken breast or tofu. Remember, happy.

229 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach | 310-546-1201 |  simmzys.com

•The Counter El Segundo
•Hudson House
•Ocean Bar
•Union Cattle Company

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

A South Bay tradition for 50 years, Uncle Bill McElroy first started serving breakfast in the converted 1908 house back in 1961. The Van Amburgh family took the reigns nearly 40 years ago and continues to please the morning crowd with omelettes, waffles and 10 varieties of pancakes.

1305 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach | 310-545-5177 | unclebills.net

•Eat at Joe’s
•Good Stuff
•Martha’s 22nd Street Grill
•Polly’s on the Pier

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