You can tell Redondo Beach Cafe is a reflection of the owner’s interests and background by the menu. It’s a cross section of different food cultures in a diner style, but it’s not a combination you normally find under one roof: Canadian food, Greek food and American. One section will boast a chilly food section, but turn the page and it’s Montreal smoked meat. It’s an amusing trio that is unexpected and full of possibilities — as people are. Such an odd partnership can only come from a personal experience.
A Sporting Interior
The restaurant is laid out in classic red, white & blue diner colors, but also a bit like a sports bar. Sports paraphernalia adorns the walls with special emphasis given to the game of hockey. With the owners Montreal roots, the cafe has become a primary spot for watching hockey games, which has been especially potent during the LA Kings serious contention for the Stanley Cup.
Dozens of Dishes
Because there’s so many things represented here, the menu at Redondo Beach Cafe is big. Very big. Like most diners, the menu is split up between breakfast and then a combination lunch/dinner menu. Each of these subsections is considerable on its own. Taken together, your choice of meal is as wide as the nearby ocean.
Breakfast can see you eating the standard pancake and omelette variants, but it also features some indulgent crepes, eggs benedict served “beach” style and a miscellaneous section of “local favorites” that has everything from huevos rancheros to lox and bagel. Lunch basics touch on pasta, foot long sandwiches, juicy burgers, and even some vegetarian food like falafel sandwiches. Of course, since we’re by the ocean, you’ll have a selection of comfort seafood like breaded shrimp and tilapia filets. It’s a menu that will have you asking the server for just a few more minutes.
The Greek & Canadian offerings are the stars of the lunch & dinner sections. In the Greek section, you can start off with pita bread and various dips like basic hummus or the more advanced taramosalata dip which is roe of carp with onion and olive oil. Main entrees include gyros, lamb chops, stuffed grape leaves and more.
Although truly unique to the South Bay offering is in its Canadian food. Simply put, while there are several competitive options for Greek food in the South Bay, there’s not a ton of Canadian food out there. There’s not even a ton of people that realize Canadian food exists. There are several smoked meat sandwiches and subs in the menu, but the crown jewel has to be the authentic poutine — white curd cheese, and french fries slathered in gravy sauce. There are options to add smoked meat, which is pastrami-like in taste, or topping it with a chicken breast. Even without the added protein, it’s a filling plate that just might require a take home box.
Have you ever tried poutine? If not, are you interested?
Redondo Beach Cafe – (310) 316 – 1047
1511 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277