By Angela Dorsey
You may think that food and finances don’t go hand in hand, but I disagree. As a self-professed foodie and financial planner, I can attest to the fact that when your finances are in order, you have more freedom to enjoy life—and that includes the best restaurants in town. While the South Bay area has a variety of dining options, I’d like to share with you my top five restaurants in Torrance and Redondo Beach.
My top recommendation for a relaxed weekend breakfast, or any day of the week, is Good Stuff. You can’t beat their Good Stuff Breakfast with scrambled eggs or their Skillet Scramble, not to mention the incredibly attentive and friendly staff. If you visit, be sure to order a fresh-baked muffin—it tastes like cake!
For Casual Dining
If you’re looking for a good pizza place with a family atmosphere, I recommend Bonello’s New York Pizza, where I have fond memories of going with my kids. The staff is always very friendly, and they serve delicious pizza with great, fast service.
For a little slice of Italy in the South Bay, Giuliano’s is a great option for a casual yet authentic Italian deli and restaurant with a vast selection of cold and hot sandwiches (my favorite is their tuna salad sandwich on wheat bread). They also have a wonderful bakery with cookies freshly baked at 10 a.m., so get there early if you want one fresh out of the oven! My favorite is their oatmeal raisin cookie—which I’m sure I eat too often!
If you’re looking for some international flavor, I recommend Thai Rama. If you enjoy Thai food as I do, you won’t be disappointed. I suggest you try the Pad Thai noodle, Tom Kah with shrimp soup, and spring rolls, and I of course always order a Thai iced tea to go with my meal.
For Fine Dining
On the nicer end of the spectrum, you can’t go wrong with Bluewater Grill, where I’ve gone for years with my family (we even celebrated my father’s 75th birthday here). Not only does the restaurant have a beautiful setting overlooking the harbor but the food is delicious. Although my personal favorite is their Lemon Pepper Mahi-Mahi, everything I’ve ordered is great. Be sure to have a cup of their New England clam chowder!
What do you think of this roundup of restaurants? Is your favorite one missing from the list? If so, let me know! As a foodie, I plan to do another newsletter in the future on my favorite restaurants in the South Bay area, and I would love your input to include more variety to this lineup.
If you’re in the area to try out one of these restaurants, I would love to meet with you to discuss your financial needs and show you how a personalized financial plan can help you better manage your finances and prepare to retire in style. Contact us to schedule a free introductory 30-minute phone call or reach us at (310) 370-7776 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting with you!
Angela Dorsey is the founder and fiduciary financial advisor at Dorsey Wealth Management, a fee-only financial planning firm based in Torrance, California, helping successful women and couples prepare for retirement. Angela earned a BS in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and spent 20 years as a Senior Compensation Specialist in large corporations before becoming a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). That background gave her the tools to couple with her passion for empowering women to make the best financial decisions possible. Angela lives in Torrance, California, with her husband. She enjoys spending time at the beach or surrounded by nature. To learn more about Angela, connect with her on LinkedIn.