Torrance Journals

Torrance: An Insider's Look

A travel journal to Torrance by E. B.

Kealii O Nalani  Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: I have lived in Torrance for over 20 years. I will continue to update for restaurants and various events that go on in this city and the surrounding areas.

Torrance: An Insider's Look

Overview

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Torrance is known for its malls (Del Amo, South Bay Galleria) and its car dealerships. Shopping is good here, especially if you're trying to get a car. Still, it has a beach (Torrance Beach near Hollywood Riviera in Redondo Beach), and a very diverse ethnic population. It has a sizeable Asian population (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, Vietnamese, etc.) and a decent Latino population (Mexican, Peruvian, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Argentine, etc.), too. Therefore, eating out is fantastic. Where else can you get such a great variety of restaurants? There's lots of festivals at different venues here. You can find all kinds of celebrations in Torrance if you look hard enough. The best thing about Torranc...Read More

Torrance Travelodge

Hotel | "Travelodge"

Torrance Travelodge Photo, Torrance, California
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My friend stayed here and it was pretty nice. It was clean and well-kept. Most Travelodges tend to be fairly nice anyway. The scariest motels tend to be non-chain motels. This place was nicer than some of the Motel 6 or Super 8 Motels I've been to. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. AAA and governmental discounts are available. (Check on other discounts.) Children 17 and under stay free. There is a pool and laundry room on the premises. They offer free continental breakfasts, and complimentary coffee packets are available in the rooms. If you have a big group, there is RV or bus parking available. A clock radio, coffeemaker, hairdryer, microwave, refrigerator, and satellite TV are included...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Torrance Travelodge
2448 SEPULVEDA BLVD
Torrance, California 90501
1-310-539-9888

Cho Dang Tofu

Restaurant | "Cho Dang Tofu Restaurant"

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This is a soondubu house. Their specialty dishes are tofu hot pots. Tofu is cooked with a variety of meats (beef, seafood, pork, or mixed) until it's boiling hot. There's also mushroom for the vegetarians. When the waitress brings it out, she'll ask if you want an egg cracked in it. It's OK to refuse, but the traditional way is to eat it with the egg. It's hot enough to cook the raw egg, so go for it if you're adventurous enough. I have eaten it a million times and have never gotten salmonella poisoning from it. If you don't want to order soondubu, then you can order kalbi, which is Korean short ribs, or the famous Cho Dang noodles. The noodles come in a soy-sesame oil sauce flavored with a lot ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Cho Dang Tofu
22549 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, California 90505
(310) 373-7055

Local Place Bakery and Cafe The

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Restaurant | "The Local Place"

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This is a fast food version of Hawaiian food. King's Hawaiian is the sit-down version, and the Local Place is King's Hawaiian's answer to McDonald's. You get very good "local food" for a lower cost than at King's Hawaiian. I ordered kalua pork plate for $4.95, with rice, lomi salmon, and a macaroni salad. My friend ordered teriyaki chicken plate with rice and a coleslaw for $4.95. Previously, I have had the lau lau here for $6.25. It comes with rice, lomi salmon, and macaroni salad. I'll have to try the kalbi plate ($6.95) and the Hawaiian fried chicken ($5.95) next. Everything is served in plastic plates and plastic ware. Tables are tiny like the ones you see at McDonald's and Burger King. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Local Place Bakery and Cafe The
18605 S. Western Avenue
Torrance, California 90248
(310) 523-3233

Steve's Charburger No 3

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Restaurant | "Steve's Charburger"

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I have tried burgers pretty much everywhere--In-N-Out, Fatburger--but this place is the absolute best. I have never had a burger as good as Steve's. I don't know what his secret is, but no other place can compare. They also serve steak-cut fries here. No little fast food fries here. You get the big fat fries worthy of a burger specialist. He also has some things on the menu that very few other burger joints have, like fried zucchini. I go to Steve's just for their fried zucchini, which is served with ranch dip. It's dripping in oil, and when you take the burgers, fries, and zucchini home, the paper bag is almost transparent. Definitely not something you want to eat every day. For the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2003

Steve's Charburger No 3
20055 Anza Avenue
Torrance, California 90503
(310) 371-8729

Keali'i O Nalani

Attraction | "Halau Keali`i O Nalani"

Keali'i O Nalani  Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I went to the annual ho`ike (Hawaiian hula performance) for hula halau Keali`i O Nalani on June 7, 2003, Saturday. It was really fun. There was a kahiko (ancient hula) portion and an `auana (modern hula) portion. This is the group that places first often at E Hula Mau in Long Beach (hula competition). There was a very cute routine that used music from Lilo & Stitch, mimicking a beach scene, complete with "surfers" on skateboards. They also did some Tahitian, but the Tahitian was not as fun and as heartfelt as the hula. The Tahitian was also very traditional versus the newer styles I have seen at Tahitian dance competitions. Near the end, there was a tribute to Keali`i's mother Cissyl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Keali'i O Nalani
2039 Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles 90025
(310) 479-6767

Restaurant Row

Story/Tip

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Torrance has a lot of restaurants placed together. The actual "restaurant row" is a strip mall filled with restaurants behind the Torrance Hilton, at the corners of Torrance and Hawthorne Boulevards. Some of the restaurants include Marie Callender's, El Torito, Souplantation, Red Lobster, Restaurant Christine, and Benihana. There are also many restaurants along Hawthorne Boulevard, including El Pollo Inka, The Loft, Hana Pho, ChoDang Tofu House, South Bay Grill, Seafood Town, TGI Friday's, and the Olive Garden. There is a restaurant for your craving. If you want a chain restaurant, it's here. If you want Chinese, you have a variety of places. Korean, you have plenty of places. Hawaiian, it's her...Read More

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E. B.

E. B.
Torrance, California

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