October is National Pizza Month, and Mickey's Deli in Hermosa Beach is celebrating in gargantuan style. The Italian Deli is selling 20” pizza slices—yes, 20 inch slices, from October 1 – 31.
The enormous pizza slices at Mickey’s Deli are more than four times the size of their average slices, and start at $9.99 with toppings an extra $1.50 each. The restaurant expects the new menu addition to draw great appeal from their loyalists within the Hermosa surf community and beyond.
Mickey’s Deli has been family-owned and operated since its founding in 1953. Additional items include sandwiches, pasta, salad and calzone along with other Italian classics. Mickey’s Deli is located at 101 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach CA 90254. Find out more by visiting Mickey’s online.
Captain Kidd’s has been a Redondo Beach staple for 40 years. What started as a local fish market by a fisherman family has evolved into a locally-renowned hotspot for fresh, sustainable seafood imported from across the world. While this may not be the classiest place for its price point, Captain Kidd’s will assure you an authentic dining experience with quality seafood as its focal point.
Captain Kidd’s, as both a fish market and a restaurant, works in two ways. They have a standard restaurant menu that features your classic fish plates, fish tacos, fish ‘n’ chips, lobster rolls and the like. In addition, they allow guests to choose their meal from the fish market display on the other side of the counter, where Captain Kidd’s staff recommends and executes on the most fitting preparation method. The latter route allows you to venture outside the traditional menu and truly make your own meal from one of the finest seafood selections in the South Bay.
The shrimp here are simply spectacular. Caught in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche and the size of lobster tails, these rare shrimp stay true to Captian Kidd’s claim as ‘simply the best.’ King Salmon from British Columbia are fileted in-house twice a day for maximum freshness. Six varietals of crab range from large to enormous, with several of those varietals also swimming in tanks on the other side of the market.
The traditional menu is much more, well, traditional, with excellent shrimp and fish tacos, killer lobster bisque and meaty New England clam chowder. You may want to skip out on the lobster roll: While it does contain some hefty lobster chunks, the ‘lobster salad’ presentation and a dry bun leave much to be desired.
The big setback here is the price point. As would be expected with excellent seafood, you’re paying close to fine-dining prices, but only to eat in a dive atmosphere with a view of the parking lot. The wine and draft beer list helps but not enough to make up for the ambiance. If atmosphere is what you’re after, you’re better off ordering a burger at a nearby gastropub, or of course taking your fresh seafood to-go.
Captain Kidd’s is located at 209 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach CA 90277. Fish market open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, restaurant open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Avg out-the-door price fresh seafood plate and 1 – 2 drinks is ~$40/person. For more information call (310) 372-7703 or visit Captain Kidd’s online.
The James Beard Foundation has announced its fifth Taste America national culinary tour, and the party will come to Los Angeles October 6 – 7. Guests can expect a stunning lineup of chefs and tastes to take place across a short-but-sweet list of cooking demonstrations and fundraiser events.
The highlight of LA’s Taste America weekend looks to be Friday’s A Night of Culinary Stars benefit dinner, prepared by Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch, Local Star Michael Cimarusti, and pastry chef Shannon Swindle. Couple this with a pre-dinner reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, such as Evan Funke (Felix, Venice), Justin Hilbert (Maude, Beverly Hills), Sara Kramer (Kismet, Los Angeles), and David Schlosser (Shibumi, Los Angeles), Amanda Chapman and Johnny Ray Zone (Howlin’ Ray’s, Los Angeles) as well as host chef Neal Fraser (Redbird, Los Angeles).
On Saturday, October 7, free events will take place at Sur La Table located at the Farmers Market at The Grove. Guests can expect cooking demonstrations by Barbara Lynch and Michael Cimarusti, book signings, tastings and product demonstrations. Reservations for the free cooking demonstrations will begin Friday, September 22.
Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Taste America spans across ten dynamic culinary destinations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.
To book tickets and find out more, Visit Taste America Los Angeles’ event page.
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