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Terranea Resort has Great Dining Options

The following are some excerpts in a dining review published today in the Daily Breeze at  about the great dining options at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes:

". . . Aside from a dazzling view of what I imagine to be Hawaii and Japan in the far distance, mar'sel offers a menu of . . . Good stuff, even great stuff, priced at $13 to $16 for appetizers and $28 to $42 for entrees, which is a pretty fancy neighborhood for prices.. . It recently introduced a $65 prix fixe Moon Rise Menu, served on nights when diners can watch the moon rise over the ocean. Cool.

But you don't have to pay that much to dine at Terranea, and to enjoy the view. For there are restaurants all over the place. And they're universally impressive - and also universally less expensive.

Perhaps the best of them is the woodsy, rustic Nelson's, with its Pointe Bar and outdoor patio where you sit around a blazing firepit and watch the sun set in the west. The place is so sunset-obsessed there's a calendar of times for the sunset found on the website. And it's moon-rise obsessed too; The prices at Nelson's range from $7 to $12 for "For the Table" shared appetizers and $10 to $15 for sandwiches. It's a great deal. And, it's got a great history.

Nelson's at Terranea

There's a fine New England clam chowder, thick with clam bellies, and a first-rate angus beef chili topped with lots of cheddar and scallions. There's a Cobb salad that puts the original, made at the Brown Derby, to shame.  . . What's new and kind of fabulous are the chipotle chile shrimp tacos, served with a crunchy Napa cabbage slaw. ( note, my personal favorite )  There are pulled-pork sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls - a dish to enjoy as the sun hits the water. There are crab cake sliders as well, a fine creation.

Overlooking both the pool and the coastline is The Terranea Grill, which takes the notion of dining after a swim with the kids to a whole new level.

Instead of the usual weary plates of overcooked this and that, The Grill offers steamed edamame with sea salt, spicy tuna rolls, California rolls made with real snow crab, a Peruvian whitefish ceviche, and a Greek antipasto pita (filled with cukes, tomatoes, peppers, kalamata olives, sweet red onions, feta and olive vinaigrette).

You can also get a Kobe hot dog. And a sandwich of burrata cheese and fire-roasted peppers on a ciabatta bun topped with basil aioli.

And yes, there are hamburgers - served single, double or triple, as you wish.

At the nearby Catalina Kitchen, there's a Friday night seafood buffet that includes king crab legs. And there's plenty of seafood on the regular menu, as well, including a very well-turned tuna tartar flavored with a sweet chili paste, served on curry-flavored lavosh.

There are mussels, freshly roasted in the restaurant's stone oven, and there's a first-rate order of misoyaki shrimp, served on crispy sushi rice with bok choy.

There are steaks, as well, ranging in price from $27 to $36, with a steak and lobster surf 'n turf special for $48. And as a side, there's mac 'n cheese topped with pancetta and truffle oil. Slick.

If it's adult beverages you're in the mood for, let me suggest a trip to the warm, cozy Lobby Bar & Lounge, where there's live music Thursday through Saturday  "

We who live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are incredibly lucky to have these wonderful dining options.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen Megowan • August 03 2011 05:54PM
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