The more things change, the more they stay the same. In downtown Manhattan Beach, where a recent surge in new restaurants has transformed the neighborhood, there are still familiar sights casting shadows on the sun-drenched streets. Families continue to walk to the sand while surfers wait incessantly for the perfect wave. And sitting above this sight, on a perch near the pier, is M.B. Post. This popular restaurant has found a laid-back balance between new directions and old comforts. Loved ones gather in flip-flops for a casual meal, as they always have, but they are invited to taste items that have been imaginatively reinvented.
Ask friends and family to join you for a midday feast, which should start with a seasonal cheese plate – like mycella blue cheese from Denmark and prosciutto from Missouri – surrounded by various olives and honeys. At the same time, enjoy the beloved bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits and maple butter with big jars of lemonade.
Later, order the pork and shrimp dumplings made in-house and a side of roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with hazelnuts. Or, opt for the roasted Mary’s chicken breast with a plate of pomegranate couscous, which features lavender feta and mint. When you’re through, take a stroll down to the ocean. It will look the same, in an equally satisfying way.