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MB Post

Small shared plates & hand-crafted cocktails

$$$

A pricey ($30-60) american (casual) restaurant with organic meat, flexitarian, & vegetarian options in (Manhattan Ave. & Bayview Dr.) (Manhattan Beach) with brunch offerings.

Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm Sun: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-10:30pm Sat-Sun: 10am-1:30pm

310-545-5405

www.eatmbpost.com

1142 Manhattan Ave.

(Manhattan Ave. & Bayview Dr.)

Review

Set in a former post office, MB Post has the sophisticated small-plates concept signed, sealed and delivered. Old fashioned steel mailboxes and iron grid windows nod to the space’s postal past, while expansive communal tables, shareable dishes and handcrafted cocktails add up to a buzzing “social house” scene.

The seasonally fluctuating menu cruises effortlessly from the
Far East to South America to the Mediterranean. Veggies are a main attraction, not just side-dish afterthoughts. We savored the blistered Blue Lake green beans bathed in fiery chili sauce and a simply dressed Tuscan kale and quinoa salad.

Not surprisingly, given the beach-adjacent location and chef David LeFevre’s seafood expertise (he formerly cooked at downtown’s Water Grill [see p. 165]), fish dishes here truly shine. Selections change based on availability, but our favorite plate was the moist steelhead trout resting in soft, lemony leeks. Compassionately sourced meat dishes like buttery skirt steak will please discerning carnivores.

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The restaurant sources most of its meats from the Meyer Farm “Never Ever” program. Sick animals are never slaughtered, and hormones and antibiotics are never used.

The menu changes so often that sometimes hand-written notes will accompany it, helping to curate that evening’s selections.