Eatin’ in Southern California 2
Jeff was off again to Southern California to work. It was a tight schedule that would only permit one decent evening of food. A few hours before his flight time, he called a friend and met him in Manhattan Beach for an inventive dinner of small plates in what has to be among the hottest places in the Los Angeles metro area. MB Post is inches away from the ocean, the front open to invite the cooling breezes and by 6:00PM, filled to the brim with anxious eaters.
The menu is segmented into bread, cheese, cured meats, vegetables, seafood, meat and sugar. Our especially accommodating server recommended 2-3 dishes each, but of course, they would make more, if needed! We started with the Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. They were moist, flavorful, piping hot and that allowed the delightful maple butter to seep deep inside, so every bite was a treat. We were off to a good start.
We decided to each choose two plates and share. This is the house recommendation, also. The roasted Brussels Sprouts were halved, topped with emmenthal cheese and hazelnut along with some grilled sage leaves. The combination of tart sprouts and tangy toppings was a treat. Our follow-up vegetable was a grilled sweet corn, with chilies and roasted peppers over polenta. This was a nice mellow yin to the sprouts tangy yang.
We moved onto the seafood plate with Seared Diver Scallops served over a corn puree with succotash and interesting pickled nectarines. This was very good, but the menu was filled with very viable alternates, we were sure would have been just as tasty. Our meat dish was Cavatelli mixed with a tomato-lamb ragout and feta cheese. Again, a wonderful blend of flavors and textures. It seems as though, regardless of what was selected, the result would have been stunning. Our table neighbors happily devoured the Chicken Pot Pie on one side and skirt steak on the other. At the communal tables that wrap around the bar, food was being devoured with the same gusto. It is good to eat in a popular place that serves wonderful food. Inspiration comes from all sides!
To finish, we split “The Elvis” a mélange of chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse and bacon. Desert named after the “King” was a fitting finale to an excellent collection of exciting food. So when is Jeff going back to LA? It can’t be a moment too soon!
http://eatmbpost.com/ 1142 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310-545-5405