Little Sister

1131 Manhattan Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Critics' Pick
Little Sister +

Anne Fishbein Salt and pepper lobster


  • Daily, 5 p.m.-late (last reservation 10 p.m.); lunch, Fri.-Sun., noon-3:30 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
In the two and a half years since it opened, dark and trendy Little Sister has become as much a staple of Manhattan Beach’s main drag as the white wine–and-lobster joints. Chef Tin Vuong, who is in the midst of building a small empire in the South Bay and beyond, pulls no punches with the music (loud hip-hop), the decor or the bold Southeast Asian food. You’ll sit under the back-wall mural of a machine gun spewing vivid butterflies and eat Vietnamese crepes and Myanmar curries and Sichuan noodles and Balinese meatballs. This is not cute American food with Asian accents — there’s a purity of intention that shines through. Dishes are brashly spicy where appropriate, unapologetically funky, bursting with flavor. The new downtown location, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is already wildly popular, serving a menu that covers a lot more ground than the original. Downtown office workers are thrilled with the option of congee or cold ma po doufu for lunch, proving yet again that restaurants are often most successful when the chef does whatever the hell he wants. —Besha Rodell

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