1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA | MAP
WHAT TO EAT: Bacon cheddar biscuits w/ maple butter
EATER TIP: Served tapas style so bring friends to share
Went to check out Manhattan Beach Post alongside Meesh, Joe, Allison, and Stacy. We went on a Friday night and the wait wasn't too bad (30 minutes, which we spent at the pier a few steps away). Once we were seated I couldn't help but be enamored by the rustic yet sophisticated charm surrounding the place. Right away Rachel helped us out with a succinct yet detailed run-down of the menu; she highly recommended the rib-eye (AKA the priciest item, of course) but there was also a bevy of other scrumptious-sounding dishes. You know a restaurant houses a legit chef when you see handwritten dishes on the menu, which seems to be a daily matter seeing that the day's date was handwritten at the top.
With almost too many delectable plates to choose from, we couldn't seem to go wrong with whatever we picked. And ultimately we were all pleased with all of our choices (well...almost):
- BACON CHEDDAR BUTTERMILK BISCUITS w/ MAPLE BUTTER
Their most popular item, they're like the sexier older sibling to the Red Lobster biscuits. Every time I took a bite with a glob of maple butter on top, my eyes were forced shut and I moaned (it was weird).
- GRILLED NAAN FLATBREAD w/ HARISSA YOGURT SAUCE
The naan bread was nothing special, but the harissa yogurt sauce caught my attention. Light, fragrant (a bit of lime zest), and a subtle tingling spice, I could eat a bucket of that yogurt sauce on its own (if no one was watching me).
- CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE PLATE
Ricotta goat cheese and prosciutto, fruit spreads and olives, raisins and almonds – you know the deal. There are other fine choices of meats and cheeses available, so it's pretty much like an adult version of Lunchables (without the fun-size chocolate).
- ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS w/ EMMENTAL, HAZELNUTS, SAGE
No weird fusion or sauces, just the simple scrumptious taste of well-cooked brussel sprouties.
- MAC & CHEESE w/ PARMESAN, FONTINA, MYCELLA BLUE
My favorite dish of the night!! Crunchy crumbs on top and the melted cheese was so ooey gooey it could stretch across the table. This is an ideal choice for any child looking to expand their mac & cheese palate (this means you, Frozen fans).
- ORECCIETTE w/ PORK SAUSAGE, RAPINI, SOFT EGG
This was the dish I picked!! ...and it was my least favorite. The soft egg was cooked brilliantly (sous vide?) and the orecciette pasta had a nice bite, but DAT RAPINI ruined it for me!! My fault, I didn't know what I was ordering (I usually just "go for it" to be adventurous) but the strong bitterness of the rapini overwhelmed the entire dish to the point where I couldn't even taste the sausage. I still ate the whole darn thing, but after one romantic date, rapini and I are officially done with each other.
- SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS w/ DASHI-BRAISED EGGPLANT, ENOKI MUSHROOMS
Wonderfully seasoned and cooked, trust me these are waaay better than scalloped potatoes. Tenderness that melts in your mouth, I'd bet $1 million that Chef Gordon Ramsey would appreciate these (if I had $1 trillion).
Our party was treated with a trio of desserts and each one delivered big time. First we started with the Horchata Soft Serve with rice pudding, cinnamon caramel, and a baby churro: if you're fond of horchata and churros, you will smile after eating this. Second we had a Passion Fruit Parfait with coconut cake: refreshing and sour in a smoooth way. We finished with The "Elvis" which includes chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse, bacon brittle, and caramelized bananas: all I could say after a bite of this was UH-HUH-HUH (that's Elvis-speak for "quite delicious").
Overall I was very pleased with my experience at MB Post. The seating arrangement can be bothersome for some folks (communal seating), but the quality of food, atmosphere, and service was superb.