Just when I couldn't love Manhattan Beach any more, the Simmzy's guys opened up a new restaurant on our anniversary (what a treat!) last week. It made for one lovely and yummy evening.
MB Post for short, is the town's newest gem, and it's unlike anything else we have. It's not just a restaurant. It's an experience. A Social House, if you will, that's the vision of the Simms' brothers and chef - South Bay local - David LeFevre.
Erected in the original Manhattan Beach Post Office from back in the day, the restaurant stands with the same flooring, ceiling, beams, walls and windows of the Post Office. There's even a drink named for the Postman's dog, Old George. Just two blocks from the sand, the facade of the restaurant is dressed with sliding doors, which slide completely open so you can enjoy the sunset and an ocean breeze while you dine.
Filled with antique-this and vintage-that, it's a feast for all the senses, and before you can even sit down, you're enamored by the rustic warmth and communal vibe of this totally hip place - that doesn't even care if it's hip. It's that cool.
Now... onto the food. It's small plates. Tapas is not the right description, because it's so much more than Mediterranean-style bites; it's bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits with maple butter; grilled romaine and radicchio; slow steamed tai snapper and so much more. A new menu is customized for each day, and if you make a reservation, well, you get to take home a little piece of mail, addressed especially for you.
The grand finale was the three point tart with macerated strawberries and rhubarb and buttermilk panna cotta, which, I'm sorry to say, went unphotographed because I could not help myself. I will never go there and not order this dessert. I mean, there's cream cheese blended into the dough.
I cannot wait to go back. Like, maybe this weekend, and especially, in a few months when I can sample and report back on booze... seriously salivating over their unique and creative cocktails, hand-crafted beers and wine list.
Go check it out for yourself. There's a bar area and communal tables to share. If you're hungry for a table for two (or more), call to make reservations. The neighborhood loves this place. And it's only been a week.