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Photo: Abigaile Restaurant/Facebook
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The 2014 Stanley Cup-winning L.A. Kings may play downtown at the Staples Center, but the South Bay is the place they call home. After practicing at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports Center, their houses are just a hop, skip and a jump away.

In L.A.’s most expensive city, Manhattan Beach, you’ll find Justin Williams, the NHL’s postseason MVP, team captain Dustin Brown, goalie Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis. In neighboring Hermosa Beach, you’re likely to see Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and Jeff Carter on any given day in the off-season.

Though there was already a parade in their honor downtown, the players are happy to ride in another celebratory march, just as they did after winning the Stanley Cup in 2012. Wednesday’s South Bay parade starts at 3 p.m. in Redondo Beach and ending at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Here are the best places to not only watch the parade, but the eateries and lounges you might just catch these hometown heroes when they’re not on the ice.

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1 The Strand House

A seat at the Strand House during the parade (and otherwise) is prime real estate. The parade ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier, a spot that the Strand House just so happens to overlook. This upscale yet relaxed restaurant and bar owned by Michael Zislis also happens to be one of the most innovative eateries in the South Bay - its Culinary Masters series features the fare of some of the city's best chefs - so in our eyes, this is one haute place to catch all the action.
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 545-7470

2 M.B. Post

The Kings frequent James Beard nominee David Lefebvre's haute Manhattan Beach eatery in bar for the same reason everyone else did: the awesome ambiance, the great food and killer drinks (our favorite is the Mo-Pho-Jito with starr, kaffir lime and coriander honey). Head here post-parade to get the party started right.
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 545-5405

3 Abigaile Restaurant

The Kings have already held at private event at Abigaile, Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong's upscale Hermosa Beach gastropub, so don't be surprised if you'll see them there again. It's a great spot to enjoy craft beers and American brasserie fare just a stone's throw away from the Hermosa pier.
1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 798-8227

4 Circa

Circa is yet another sleek, chic spot owned by the king of the South Bay Michael Zislis. The 130-seat restaurant in Manhattan Beach has a distinctive libations menu courtesy of Executive Beverage Directors Julian Cox and Josh Goldman and an ambiance that's both upscale yet relaxed thanks to its Chesterfield leather sofas, exposed brick walls and moveable doors that, when opened, fill the space with breezy ocean air. Best of all, you'll have a first-hand view of all the action.
903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 374-4422

5 Dia de Campo

Dia de Campo has been re-imagined as a modern Mexican "surf lodge" and also happens to be owned by the team behind Abigaile, Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong. We love the modern Mexican meets upscale seafood menu, and we love the cozy beach vibe, which truly captures the rich yet unpretentious vibe of the South Bay.
1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 379-1829
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