Help me survive my week in [Torrance]

I have a bit of an unusual week in Torrance coming up soon. Without going into too many details, I will be at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center at Torrance Blvd and Hawthorne Blvd for 2-3 days and staying at Sonesta Suites at Prairie Ave and Del Amo Blvd the rest of the time (really, we’ll be at the hotel the full week, but I have a feeling we’ll be sleeping at the hospital a bit).

We have packed some instant foodstuffs for cooking in the hotel kitchen to get us through the week, but we (or I, at least) are going to want to get some real food.

We are from Northern California, East Bay. The only requirements are that it has to be takeout and it has to be within a 10 minute drive or so from the above locations. Are there any must-try places in this area, preferably that I can’t get up north?



All of the following offer take-out, though some will obviously hold-up better than others:

Rascals Teriyaki Grill
5111 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

Mitsuwa Marketplace - Torrance Del Amo
3525 W Carson St Suite 164, Torrance, CA 90503

Tendon Tempura Carlos Jr
1510 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

Addi’s Darbar
800 Torrance Blvd #101, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Taishi Hainan Chicken
1000 Torrance Blvd ste b, Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Can’t help with recommendations, @cluskillz (I’m rarely in the Torrance area), but you might also want to cross-post your request to - there’s a very active LA-area community that might have ideas to expand on what @strongoxman has offered.

(Link to search results for “Torrance”, though you might want to start your own thread:

Good wishes for the hospital-related stuff to go smoothly.

There’s a great thread on called South Bay something… tons of amazing food recs that helped me a lot when we first moved here. Someone mentioned Carlos Tendon below and that’s solid. Could do Kagura for katsu, Gaya for korean stews, Full House Plus for Korean Chinese fusion (although it was only “meh” last time I was there). To be honest (as a Norcal transplant myself), there isn’t all that much you can get here that you can’t get up north… We also like Local Kitchen for simple American fare and Clutch and Coffee for breakfast items. You could also try Maderos for solid Mexican and I actually, I don’t know if this is too much trouble, but you could hit the Torrance Farmer’s Market on Sat. AM and pck up amazing fruits (strawberries here put Norcal’s to shame) + very good prepared foods (pupusas, crepes, malasadas, sandwiches, burgers, etc. that are all solid.


Don’t know if we’re allowed to crosspost FTC links, but this is the South Bay Staples thread I mentioned which is a treasure trove of ideas… if you’re willing to drive a little furhter, the options open up as well!

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To add on to the list above.

Fatto a Mano
The pizzas here are all outstanding, totally underrated, not sure how they hold up as take-out though, but who cares, they’re that good. Lasagna worth a gander too.

Again, not sure how these things hold up as take out, but the beef cheeks, tunisian bruschetta, and falafel sliders are must-gets

Baran’s 2239
Breakfast burros are killer, as are the Indian Egg and the fried chicken

Speaking of breakfast burritos, no trip the South Bay is complete without a stop at Phanny’s and indulging in one of their famed burritos, I prefer the one with chorizo, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them, even the vegetarian one

Proudly Serving
Smash burgers, duck fat tater tots all for under $15, what more do you need to know?

Enjoy your stay.

These are awesome! Thanks, everyone!

One last question…I noticed a few mentions for King’s Hawaiian in the FTC link. I figured it was just a gimmicky theme restaurant thing, but is it worth stopping in? For actual meals or stick with the baked goods? My wife’s coworker is a relative of the founder that presided over the King’s Hawaiian empire and she might get a kick out of stopping in for something.

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King’s Hawaiian is a decent family restaurant. Decent – not bad, not amazing. Take a look at their menu and see if that appeals to you.