Where To Find This Traditional South Bay Breakfast Restaurant
Polly’s On The Pier, the long-standing locals breakfast restaurant with can’t-eat-it-all-in-one-setting-portions, has moved from its traditional spot to a new location on the Redondo Beach Pier.
It is now on the lower level at the “curve” between the paddle board shop and Naja’s on what is called the International Boardwalk.
For decades it was on the short, old wooden pier off the King Harbor parking lot, but was forced to move around the corner when that pier was closed due to structural reasons. When there, it was one the few places in the South Bay where you could sit outside while having a meal. Now, it’s next to the water but – like every other place on this part of the pier – has no outside seating.
This is not a temporary but a permanent move. “It’s too expensive to rebuilt,” a waitress told PubClub.com.
But don’t worry; the food is the same as it was on the old pier. With one improvement. During my first visit to the new location, I had an omelette of polish sausage, mushrooms, spinach and two kinds of cheese ($12). It was really good. Polly’s is also one of the few restaurants in all of California that serves biscuits and gravy. To a Southerner like myself, that’s morning-food heaven.
The improvement was in the hash browns. Previously they were always hard and crunchy with little flavor. This time, they were softer and Uncle Bill’s-level delicious.
Polly’s is one of the few true breakfast restaurants remaining in the South Bay. The kind where you stumble into after a loud and lively Saturday night (sometimes with your “date” of the previous evening) and load up on a huge omelette and a pile of hash browns to kick start your weekend day.
The South Bay was once a mecca of breakfast places with one on nearly every corner like the Backburner Cafe, LeMar Cafe and the Beach Hut, but today there are so few of them that it takes a bit of effort to find one. There’s Uncle Bill’s (which is good but you have to wait in a long line behind a bunch of tourists from all over LA), the Local Yolk, Good Stuff (best location on the Hermosa Strand) and, well, I’m struggling to think of others.
Instead, what we have are lot of places that serve food that’s not as good or plentiful but comes with a great compensating virtue: bottomless mimosas. These are often lively places like the patio of Sharkeez Hermosa for the Rise & Shine breakfast, Tower 12 and Patrick Molly’s on the Hermosa Pier or a PubClub favorite, Serve on 2nd, which has good food and bottomless mimosas until 2!
This, of course, is a good thing, but when you’re in the mood for that good, hearty “recovery” comfort breakfast, take comfort in that you can still go to Polly’s on the Pier.
You’ll just have to sit inside to enjoy it.