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Volume 65 Number 5

Small plate celebration: R10 Social House

by Charlotte Wallace - 2015-03-19

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Small plates restaurants are always a good option for weekend dinners. You are not tied to one dish, and you can try a bit of everything without getting uncomfortably full.

Unfortunately, all the best small plates eateries were concentrated in Santa Monica and Venice until last spring. Suddenly, with the opening of R10 Social House, the small plates genre made its migration to the South Bay. R10, in my opinion, is actually better than most of its Santa Monica and Venice small plate counterparts.

R10 Social House is located to the side of the Redondo Beach Pier. Luckily for us, R10 has not been completely discovered by the South Bay population yet, so no long waits exist and reservations are not necessary at this time. It has a nice view of the pier, and sits secluded from the noise and stinky fish smell that surrounds the majority of the Redondo Beach Pier.

The restaurant has stylish décor, including high wooden tables that your family can sit at with the benefit of not hearing obnoxious bar patrons on the streets.

The specials change daily, and new dishes are always making an appearance on the menu. My personal favorite dish is the chef’s take on chicken and waffles. The dish features vanilla bean waffles, fried chicken with a Cajun flavor, and really high-quality organic maple syrup.

I also recommend the Summer Sesh Salad. The salad has farmers’ market watermelon that is always super-tasty, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh burrata cheese. The restaurant uses some interesting methods of preparation, such as a kind of compressing technique on the watermelon to get more of the ingredients and creative combinations.

Most recently, I tried the roasted pork special that came with homemade beet chips, which was absolutely delicious.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert. You can’t go wrong with any of the desserts, but my favorite is the banana pudding. It comes in a really cute mini-jar, and the crunchy crust and creamy pudding make for a great combination.

R10 Social House is one of my family’s favorite small plates restaurants, and we are very picky eaters. I can almost guarantee, unless you are strictly a McDonald’s kind of person, that you will not have a bad meal or experience.

Try it as soon as you can because it won’t take long for the rest of the South Bay to discover the great food at R10 Social House, 179 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach 90277, 310-798-2500.


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