Best Hawaiian Pig-Out - 2011
While not everyone has the money or time to fly to the Aloha State for the sweet Pacific breezes and sun-warmed surf, most anyone can drive to King's Hawaiian in Torrance for a taste of Hawaii. South Bay denizens and Hawaiian food fans from farther afield flock to King's bakery and restaurant to delight in its saimin noodles, char siu, kalua nachos, ahi poke, spam musubi, somen salad, paniolo pork, Hawaiian seafood soup and huli huli chicken. But just to make sure you're adequately loaded up, calorically speaking, King's has outfitted its festive compound with a notable to-go bakery featuring such specialties as malasadas (some with dobash filling), Hawaiian loaf bread, paradise cake (layers of passion, guava and lime) and pineapple haupia. King's Hawaiian: 2808 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance. (310) 530-0050. The Local Place Bakery & Cafe, 18605 S. Western Ave., Torrance. (310) 523-3233. kingshawaiianrestaurants.com.