There isn’t very much I can tell you about the southside coastal city of Manhattan Beach, except that there’s a really cute aquarium at the end of its pier, and that it might well be home to the best brunch in LA. The lauded but laidback MB Post is consistently earning praise for its soulful small plates, and one solitary visit last weekend was enough to see why.
First off, the Bloody Mary was perfect. Any Bloody Mary aficionado will tell you that a good one is rarer than a unicorn, so I took this is a very positive first sign. From there, every dish continued to meet (and often surpass) expectations, from a crisp chimichanga stuffed with scrambled egg, yam, and chorizo spiced pork, to a juicy medium-rare steak and sunny side egg with deeply savoury charred broccolini. This food is rich, yes - I’m thinking of those piping hot, mini apple pies served with a pot of salted caramel dipping sauce alongside - but clearly housemade with fresh ingredients, which makes it all OK. Those famous cheddar bacon biscuits, for example? Worth every last buttery calorie, and even the drive down the hideous 110 freeway it took to reach them.