We decided to drive up to Manhattan Beach for brunch on this glorious day, and because everyone is still in holiday mode, we even found parking without much trouble, right outside of the restaurant. It’s been way too long since my last visit to MB Post, which makes this trip all the more sweet. I especially love visiting during the day because it gives me the opportunity to take in all the little details of the decor. The restaurant used to house an old post office and every care has been taken to retain its authenticity.
I’ve always loved Chef David LeFevre’s food and am constantly craving these Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits ($6) served with maple butter. These are so cheesy and light, even better than I remember them. What a delight it is to have these be the first thing I eat that morning.
The menu is seasonal and I find so many new things I want to try. Thai Pork Sausage ($6) is one which immediately catches my eye. It is a sausage pattie with hints of Thai seasonings including lemongrass and kaffir lime. The papaya salad which accompanies is so fresh it pops on the palate.
Corned Beef Cheek Hash ($11) will delight those wanting something more filling and substantial. This definitely falls into the comfort food category with tender chunks of beef cheek topped with a runny fried egg, and thick chop gremolata to add a burst of freshness.
Whether you like potatoes or not — I’m not usually a fan — Weiser Farm Potatoes ($7) is definitely worth ordering. Not only is the presentation very eye-catching, but the potatoes are rather delicious. They are so good I totally missed the lemon buttermilk ranch sauce dipping sauce — I didn’t need it at all.
I almost miss Bibimbap ($12) as it is lurking towards the bottom of the menu. I manage to order it a little later and am glad I did. It is dotted with bits of glazed pork, shiitake mushrooms, spicy bean sprouts, spinach, and topped with a fried egg, housed in a Staub cast iron pot which is ideal for bibimbap. You want a layer of crispy rice to form on the bottom of the pot for a perfect bibimbap. A squeeze bottle of gojuchang is provided for you to add the Korean chili sauce accordingly. I like a lot!
The most surprising dish comes in the form of Housemade Pork & Shrimp Dumplings ($12). These delightful morsels are tasty and seasoned nicely. The citrus ponzu adds a lovely salty tartness while the chile oil gives a hint of spice to it. Crispy bits of chicharrones add textural contrast which makes for a perfect mouthful when eaten together. Absolutely beautiful presentation makes this a stunning dish all around.
If you’ve never visited MB Post, you’re missing out. This restaurant gets better with each visit — how, I’m not sure — but it is. One of Manhattan’s Beach’s best restaurants, whether for brunch or dinner, you won’t leave disappointed.
1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266