Dia de Campo Now Open in Hermosa BeachBy Lesley Balla
February 3, 2014
The group behind Abigaile in Hermosa Beach, Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza in Culver City, and Little Sister in Manhattan Beach add Dia de Campo, a new Mexican restaurant, to their roster this week. Envisioned by Tin Vuong and co-owner Jed Sanford, the Hermosa Beach "modern surf lodge" features dishes inspired by East LA cocinas and beachside fish shacks along the coasts of California, Mexico and Hawaii in a casual, communal setting. Chef Ken Johnson (Abigaile, St. Regis Monarch Beach) executes a menu full of things like spiced short rib empanadas with roasted corn salsa, sofrito and egg; lobster tostadas; wood-grilled whole fish with pipian verde, radishes and lime; carnitas with yellow mole; a raw bar; and tequila cocktails, craft beers and wines from Temecula to Uruguay. The restaurant soft opens for dinner this week (1238 Hermosa Ave.; 310-379-1829).