Photograph courtesy thestrandhousemb.com
The coastal culinary migration continues, with Neal Fraser joining the recent spate of chefs heading for beach cities. Although the BLD owner is serving only as menu consultant at this ocean-view hot spot, his influence is evident in California small plates such as the duck leg confit with mushrooms and shell beans and the grilled calamari with cucumber, olives, and romesco sauce. Acting chef Travis Lorton executes the pizzas and grilled steaks with precision. The restaurant occupies two levels with separate vibes: Downstairs is a casual bar with an abbreviated menu; upstairs is the scene. » 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., 310-545-7470 or thestrandhousemb.com.