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Top 10 Rosecrans Ave Restaurants

  • Aug 2, 2009
There are a lot of restaurant choices up and down Rosecrans Ave.. Focussing on the Manhattan Beach and El Segundo area, here is my top 10, I would be curious to see what yours is...
Paul Martin's American Bistro
There is a new king!! Their current heirloom tomato salad (capitalizing on the best seasonal time of the year for heirloom tomatoes, purchasing them from local farmer's markets) was the deciding factor in leaping Houston's for the top spot.. Since its opening in Feb, 2009, i have definitely frequented this restaurant more than any other (and that goes for all streets).. I love the organic, fresh local product focus and they did a very nice job with the atmosphere. I get the skirt steak just about every time, comes with maple glazed sweet potato and arugula with the laetitia pinot noir by the glass sold separately..:)
See the full review, "Clean food, open atmosphere, my restaurant recipe...".
It was really tough to dethrone the king of Rosecrans. Houston's had held the top spot on Rosecrans probably since it first came on the scene I'm guessing around 20 years ago. They just seem to do everything right... Great food, great service and always consistently good. From the spinach/artichoke dip to the crunchy tuna roll to the french dip to the key lime pie...
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
When you are feeling like taking it up a notch.. The priciest meal on the street. I think you get what you pay for food wise, but be prepared to over pay when it comes to the vino. In all, the nicest, fine dining experience on the street.. The top 3 was tough, Houston's has the solid history and Paul Martin's has my overwhelming 2009 frequency...
Generally over priced and not the greatest Mexican food around, but having the only decent live music in town combined with some Dirty Maggie's can really go a long way...
Sandos Sub Shop (Formerly Porto's Surf Cafe)
This one is more of a take out and delivery sandwich shop, but techinically a restaurant on Rosecrans, so I had to get my go-to delivery spot in the top 5.
See the full review, "My go to food delivery..".
Il Fornaio Restaurant (Manhattan Beach)
Decent Italian, not great, but in all will do you right.. Their specials rotate frequently highlighting the different flavors of the various regions of Italy.. The tv in the bar area also helps its ranking...
El Tarasco
I don't eat here often, but when i have it has always been solid and dependable as an old style mexican faster food type spot. Probably unfairly, but i have somehow pigeonholed it as a late night spot..
Cozymel's Mexican Grill
A decent carne asada, nice light chips and plenty of tv's in the bar help bring this mexican grill to the list, but the rest of it is pretty average at best...
Lido di Manhattan
I have not been here in a really long time, but confidence in Gordon Ramsay and his recent makeover on Kitchen Nightmares gives it a spot on the list.. I will plan on going somewhat soon and edit its spot on the list accordingly...
Daily Grill
For some reason, this Daily Grill is not as good as some of their other locations. The atmosphere is comfortable enough and I have enjoyed the Ground Beek Steak which was just enough to slide it into the final spot on the top 10 on Rosecrans, much to the envy of the have not's PF Chang's, McCormick & Schmick's and Macaroni Grill...

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August 20, 2009
With all due respect, the fact that you moved Paul Martin's above Houston's on this list is, IMO, absurd. You are a good friend and I trust your taste, but there's too much inconsistency on the menu to have it leap the mainstay, Houston's. I agree with most that you say... I love the fresh ingredients and the skirt steak is excellent (as is the Turkey Sandwich for lunch, provided you upgrade to the butter lettuce salad for an extra $2.50), but unfortunately, the entire menu doesn't deliver the consistency that Houston's does. For instance, their soups always leave me wanting (where Houston's always leave me wanting a second bowl), and some of their items would be on the "never order again list". I've had their heirloom tomato salad ... it's very good, but I prefer the Houston's rendition when they have it. In fact, I feel that in all of the head to head items: french dip, heirloom tomato salad, ribs, etc., Houston's dominates. Tough to move one above the other when, comparing apples to apples, Houston's is king.
August 07, 2009
Awesome list Kenny. Would P.F. Changs and Taiko count? Agree with your Houston's take...but I would rather eat at El Tarasco than at Pancho's.
August 12, 2009
yes, i would say pf chang's and taiko are elgible for the list, they just didn't make mine,,, i'm not a fan of pf chang's style of food and have never been to taiko... el tarasco food w/ pancho's ambiance (margs and live music), then you've really got something...
August 06, 2009
wassup Kev. Great list. I'm making mine now!!!
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