Dine LA just wrapped up this past week and I had an awesome time trying out several restaurants that participated. For this Dine LA; I chose to support three local eateries in the South Bay. In this blog post; I wanted to highlight some of my favorite plates from their Dine LA offerings.
21 Square Bar and Grill
21 Square Bar and Grill is located at the Torrance Marriott. I had first visited this restaurant for a Yelp Elite Event. I have since visited this place for different occasions and was happy to see they were participating in Dine LA this year.
Their Dine LA lunch menu was $35 and was a three course with appetizer, entree and dessert.
I really enjoyed the Adobo Braised Lamb Shank entree I got from here. The Adobo Braised Lamb shank was on top of creamy mascarpone polenta and topped with crispy shallots and cilantro. The entree was full of flavor. The lamb was tender and juicy. I loved the soft polenta. It simply melted in the mouth. I also loved the crispy shallots and how it added that crunch texture to the dish.
Nomad Eatery is a restaurant in El Segundo, California that offers a mix of Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Latin American dishes. I had visited this restaurant before when it was Jackson’s Food and Wine but ever since they changed their concept to Nomad; I had yet to check this place out. Dine LA was the perfect time to try.
Their Dine LA lunch menu was $15 and consisted of a starter and an entree.
My favorite from this Dine LA offering was their Nomad Hummus. Their hummus had crunchy garbanzos, lemon, garlic and zhoung. It was accompanied with flatbread. The hummus was perfectly creamy and had a slight spicy zest. I loved spreading it on the flatbread. Light and flavorful; this was a great starter.
Sausal is a Mexican restaurant located in downtown El Segundo, California. I had first visited this restaurant years back and also for Dine LA. I definitely was impressed with that visit and thus was excited to check them out for Dine LA again.
Their Dine LA lunch offering was $15 and consisted of a soup, salad, a drink and a taco.
I chose to get the Beef Barbacoa tacos and really enjoyed the tender, flavorful beef. The beef had the perfect mix of dried chilies and spices. The taco was accompanied with flavorful charred tomato salsa. Putting this salsa on the taco. enhanced the flavors even more. The taco paired very well with their refreshing pineapple agua fresca.
I really enjoyed the local eateries I checked out for Dine LA. I love supporting local! The South Bay definitely has some good places and I definitely love being able to try out different cuisines right in my neighborhood! Dine LA or not; I definitely see myself checkout these restaurants for other dishes in the future.