San Pedro has some of L.A. County’s richest history. Portuguese explorers first set eyes on the waterfront community in 1542. More than two centuries later, Spanish settlers took hold. The Port of Los Angeles has been in operation for over a century and played a key role in America’s shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The Port currently ships the highest percentage of cargo of any port in North America. San Pedro was also the setting for a Don Draper storyline on “Mad Men.” Depending on the block, San Pedro still feels that retro. The 12-square-mile span on the end of a peninsula retains a wealth of old world charmers while welcoming flavorful newcomers. Start with these five dishes.
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Nothing quite tops off a great meal better than a spectacular coastal view. There’s just something about the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean that sets the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. The organic ambiance of a breathtaking sight truly enhances one’s dining experience and adds a touch of sophistication to any date or casual outing. These beachfront L.A. restaurants are worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the beautiful views.
Venice Beach is patterned after Venice, Italy, and both places have a system of canals. That said, you wouldn’t find nearly as many skaters, street art, or palm trees in the Italian city. Venice Beach has developed four different zones that all have their draws, including trendy Abbot Kinney, funky Oceanfront Walk, a section south of the canals by Marina del Rey, and an increasingly vital stretch of long-gritty Lincoln Boulevard. Discover five of Venice’s best dishes that cover different cuisines and span the key neighborhoods.
To call San Pedro overlooked is putting it mildly. Many recent transplants to Los Angeles don’t even know what to call it all (it’s pronounced 'Pee-dro’), let alone how to get there. That’s unfortunate, because this town is an unmined gem, gleaming humbly along the Pacific. The busiest port in the U.S. - by a significant margin - has seen its fair share of sailors and midshipmen for nearly a century now. That they have a hallowed history with hooch should surprise no one. Here you’ll find some of the city’s oldest dive bars, countless waterfront watering holes, multiple breweries, and a faithfully-recreated English-style pub. They even have a respectable wine bar.
When LA Fleet Week sets sail in September, San Pedro assumes center stage, welcoming sightseers from across the globe. But it’s also the perfect time for locals to check out what they’re missing, right in their own backyard. Drink your way through San Pedro at these outposts, representing the wide berth of options available in L.A.’s bustling port city.
The steakhouse is one of the most obvious examples of an All-American dining experience. Oversized wedges of iceberg lettuce dressed in bacon bits and cream; jumbo shrimp accompanied by horseradish-heavy cocktail sauce; and of course, proper portions of protein, seared as you like. It’s a national tradition embraced for generations, we are merely reliving it - frequently, with any luck. In L.A., that’s never been easier than right now. The steakhouse is enjoying a revival, of sorts. Despite the city’s supposed love of kale salads and green drinks, the Southern California carnivore is by no means neglected here. This is true throughout L.A. County. Most notably, the South Bay is peppered with an impressive assortment of cattle cutleries, both old and new, classic and modern. It’s senseless to value one over the other - best to enjoy them all. Let this definitive list be your guide.