Haute Restaurant: Manhattan Beach Post

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‘Tis the season to try out the delicacies hidden inside the hallowed halls of the aptly named-by-location Manhattan Beach Post.

Owned by David LeFevre, the chef who earned the Water Grill its coveted Michelin star, and Mike Simms of Simms Restaurants, the MB Post is a modern-day tapas eatery of artisan food and innovative hand-crafted cocktails.

The small-plate menu is comprised of categories including Breads, Charcuterie, Cheese and Larders, Vegetables, Seafood and Meats. Standouts included the sumptuous Southern-inspired buttermilk biscuits and truffle honey laced fried chicken, spaghetti squash with garnet yam puree and cider gastrique, Thai marinated Mexican shrimp ‘ceviche’, the chicken pot pie and a dessert of pumpkin soft service with marshmallow and graham cracker crumbs.

The delightful dishes can be paired with wines courtesy of general manager and wine director Jerry Garbus, who keeps his list fresh and innovative with a rotating list of hard-to-find vinos from smaller wineries. 30 wines are available by the glass while 100 can be purchased by the bottle.

The interior of the M.B. Post is just as fabulous as its fare: the dark but lively atmosphere reflects a laid-back but opulent South Bay vibe and still manages to pay homage to the space’s original 1960’s post office origins. The restaurant was designed by local architect Stephen Francis Jones of SFJones Architects, who chose opted to include exposed rafters, sun-bleached reclaimed wood, communal tables, whimsical embellishments like volleyball posts repurposed as shelving and a vintage post office desk in his design.

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