MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.
M.B. Post is built to socialize. It’s even in the restaurant’s name “M.B. Post – a Social House.”
There are high-rise communal tables in the front of the bar, and then longer cafeteria like tables in the main room. The warm wood furnishings and funky décor give it a cozy feel, and the buzz from the constant crowds keep things feeling sociable.
When visiting my sister in Marina del Rey, I kept most of my dining to the west side of the Los Angeles area. For Sunday brunch, we stayed along the beach and headed south to M.B. Post, a rustic but sophisticated dining spot by Chef/Co-Owner David LeFevre, who has worked at fine-ding establishments like Water Grill and Charlie Trotters.
Artisan Small Plates
But at M.B. Post, LeFevre has created a daily-changing menu that emphasizes artisan ingredients presented in the California-style of simple and seasonal. This could easily be an extension of the Chez Panisse school of cooking.
Emphasizing the social aspect of the place, our server told us that all the plates were made to share. Since I was with my family, we were fine with eating family style. But the plates are actually small, like individual size, so I feel it defeats the purpose of sharing when there’s not enough food to have everyone in a big group have a taste.
As for the food, everything was freshly made with lots of flavors. Since we were having brunch, many of the egg dishes were standouts, such as the benidict ($13) with a lovely hollandaise sauce covering a bacon cheddar biscuit and La Quercia Tamworth prosciutto. The corned beef cheek hash ($11) had a lot of flavor and a lovely soft fried egg on top.
My nephew was surprised I wanted to eat at M.B. Post because a lot of the items didn’t seem to fit my cholesterol diet, such as the Nueske’s bacon ($8) that my sister ordered or the signature bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits ($5). I balanced our meal with the Pritchett Farm Stonefruit Salad ($9) that was really just a fruit bowl, and the chopped salad ($12) of baby artichokes, garbonzo beans, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and parmesan cheese.
The Last Bite
The food comes out in pretty skillets, but they do come out randomly and quite quickly so our table easily filled up. Because of the small plates, I would actually recommend that you order your own main dish (I would have loved to eat the entire corned beef cheek hash for myself) and share veggies like salads or the perfectly cooked Weiser Farm potatoes ($7). But there’s no denying the freshness of the food and friendliness of the staff to welcome you to this social house by the beach.
MB Post, 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, Calif. PH: 310.545.5405. Dinner nightly, weekend brunch from Friday to Sunday. Reservations, major credit cards accepted. eatmbpost.com
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