not sure if it was mentioned in this thread, but man Chicken Dijon is effing delicious.
House salad w/ all white meat, extra pita & garlic sauce. I also pour tapatio on it.
Having lived in the South Bay for the most part since 1981, this topic speaks directly to my heart. I have broken my top selections into genre's.
Joe's on PCH in Reodndo Beach - The John Wayne is simply amazing. Everything else is pretty darn good too. Would travel from outside the South Bay just to eat here.
Tie between Rosa's in Hermosa Beach (anyone else remember when it used to be BYOB?) and El Gringo (locations in Redondo, Hermosa & Manhattan). Rosa's is just quality old school beach mexican. El Gringo is more updated but retains that beach charm as well. Love the Machacha there.
Seafood Town on Hawthorne in Torrance - Tasty, Authentic Chinese cuisine. Its always a good thing when you hear a lot of chinese being spoken by patrons in a Chinese restaurant. Huge portions at cheap prices to boot.
Pedone's in Hollywood Riviera Redondo Beach - Awesome Pies and great sandwiches as well. Has a fun, family vibe to the place. My first job was working at the Unocal gas station across the street many years ago. Used to eat there all the time. Not much space to eat in, more a takeout joint. Location in Hermosa has dine in space and beer but I dont find it to be as good.
Rinaldi's in Hollywood Riviera - I love the breadth of their sandwich menu. Hot or cold, their sandwiches are always delicous. My personal favorite is "The Air Force Creation"
Bouzy Cafe in Redondo Beach - the new gastro pub offering from the guys who do Chez Melange. In fact, its right next door to the flag ship. Get some excellent Belgium beers and put down an amazing burger while your at it.
Fast Food Asian:
Rice Things in North Redondo Beach - As a couple poster's have already mentioned this place can't be beat for price and thats true. Not only is it rediculously cheap, but its rediculously good. Don't go at heavy traffic times because its a small place and you might not get a seat.
Mama D's in Manhattan Beach (also a new one in Hermosa) - Good, old fashioned Italian food like grandma used to make. They give very generous portions in a very loud, comfortable and vibrant environment. Great red sauce joint...
Kincaid's on the Redondo Beach Pier - Amazing, fresh seafood with breath taking views. The menu is diverse but it stays true to its sea food inspiration. A great date spot, speacial occasion or simply a nice meal out. Also they serve up some mean cocktails in their bar.
The Veggie Grill in El Segundo - A relatively new addition to the scene, I think their food is really tasty, even to this carnivore. They have great sandwiches and the sweet potato fries are delish!
Lisa's Bon Appetite on PCH in Torrance - Their chinese chicken salad is by far the finest salad I have ever had. They make their noodles fresh and their dressing should be illegal. When I went away to college in Colorado and came back home, my mom new the first thing I wanted was this salad. I can't speak anymore highly of this place.
Lazeez Grill in Torrance - Occupying the former digs of the Chicken Factory, Lazeez is consistently tasty even though their dining room looks like an abandoned Roller Rink locker room. They have very creamy hummus and their schwarma meats are spiced perfectly.
Rascals in Torrance - Nothing spectacular but everything done right. I love that their sauce is slightly thicker because it really gives the chicken more flavor. The portions are supersized for the price as well. Interestingly enough they also have a cheeseburger on the menu. I ordered it once and found it to be really good too!
Classic Burger in Redondo Beach - Many a hangover has been washed away with this perfect combination of deliciousness. I can only imagine what the caloric intake of this burrito must be, but boy oh boy is it ever good. Potatoes, cheese, egg, bacon, sausage etc...
Just thought I'd shar a couple of my faves...loved seeing your guys lists too!
The best pizza in the South Bay, IMHO, is Pavich's Brick Oven Pizza in San Pedro. Actually, I think it's one of the best pizzerias in LA. This place is a real hole in the wall - There is no indoor seating, but there are tables outside. They sell Croatian food as well. They serve Croatian, as well as standard toppings. The Croatian pizza is FANTASTIC and the crust is thin and crispy, yet foldable like a NY-style pizza. We usually buy a pie and take it to Angels Gate Park. Next time, we're going to take a pie with us and catch a show at Shakespeare by the Sea.
SRSLY, look at this thing.
As for other recommendations, they beauty of the South Bay is the ethnic foods, especially Asian cuisine. give these places a try. They are all great.
Indian - Bombay Grocery in Lomita. Not great fro ambiance, but if you want a decent samosa, you have to come here. It's reasonably priced too.
Japanese Izakaya - There are two places to try - Izakaya Bincho in RB and Musha in Torrance. Both are extremely good.
Steak - Try The Steak House in Torrance. They are Japanese influenced and they use Kobe beef. The prices are a bargain for what you get.
Peruvian - Kotosh in Lomita. This is also Japanese influenced, so they serve sushi. There are many Japanese in Peru, so this isn't unusual at all. This place is tasty.
For burgers - try FIVE BROTHERS in Carson, The Habit in Torrance, Astro Burger in Gardena, or, if you are willing to go to El Segundo - The Counter.