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I am filling these in as I go. Pretty much all of these are open to debate. If you have a better pick for one of these or have a category to add, email me.

Unique place in the South Bay

Best diner

  • The Hot N Tot. It's nice that we have more breakfast places in town now.

Worst intersection

  • Crenshaw and Lomita - lots of competition for this award unfortunately

Prettiest garden

  • Walking around town, I see a lot of them. Still, I'll try to pick some favorites. So far, there are a couple of great ones on Lucille I like and a beautiful rose garden on Via Madonna in the Rolling Ranchos neighborhood. I also like the Lord of the Rings garden on 254th St. off Narbonne.

Best low-water garden

  • There are so many more than just a few years ago! They range from native chaparral to cactus gardens with lots of color. Low water doesn't have to mean boring. I'll have to pick a favorite. There are some on Eshelman near Lomita Blvd. that I really like.

Most appealing commercial building

  • Kudos to the South Bay Credit Union for their remodel of the building at the intersection of Narbonne and Lomita. The other three corners are in varying states of improvement. Overall, the downtown hub is much nicer than it used to be.

Quietest street

  • There are some really quiet places in town, but they made me promise I wouldn't tell where they are!

Best pizza

  •  Bonello's and Red West are both good. Bonello's catered our wedding way back in 1990. Wow was that good!

Best burger

Nicest walking area

  • My wife and I walk around every day and sometimes twice a day. Any place with trees is nice, so the Pines areas is always good. There are many cul-de-sacs you wouldn't normally have a reason to walk that are worth a little trip out of the way. It amazes me the diversity of construction dates on some of the streets off Pennsylvania. Some were built in the last 20 years while their neighboring homes look to be from 1930.

Oldest house

  • According to the LA County Assessor, it's a house on Fairview in 1904. Let me know, if you know of an older one.

Best Italian restaurant

  • Black Olive (Lomita and Pennsylvania)

Best view spot

  • The south end of Eshelman Ave. Keep going from there up to Glentree. It's a bit steep, but it's worth it.

Best trees (yes, I like trees, and we have many great ones in town)

  • The pepper trees on Cypress

Worst sidewalks

 

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Last modified: 08/25/2020