Pub Club | Manhattan Beach Gets New Dining Spot In SLAY Steak + Fish House

Manhattan Beach, Cali, the beautiful little beach town on the Southern California coast, is getting another high-end restaurant.

Already home to the likes of MB Post, Strand House and Fonz’s steak house, slated to join them is SLAY Steak + Fish House. Occupying the building formerly used by Darren’s on Manhattan Ave., just around the corner from the pier and a block north of the always-popular Mama D’s, it is scheduled to open sometime in May.

It is is the newest venture from Chef David Slay, owner of Park Ave Steaks & Chops and il garage ristorante in Orange County, as well as the owner of Slay Estate & Vineyard in Santa Barbara.

The restaurant will feature grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and multiple vegan options, as well as a locally sourced vegetables. In fact, it will get its vegetables and produce from its own organic garden.

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Daily Breeze | Master chef David Slay does steak and fish right at his South Bay restaurant

The cooking of David Slay has been a major part of our culinary lives here in Southern California for a very long time.

Though I didn’t know his food when Slay was the best chef in St. Louis, I did get to know it, and well, when he moved to Los Angeles some three decades ago, and opened David Slay’s La Veranda in Beverly Hills. His cooking was straight forward, clear, not at all showy — but always so very good.

The one dish I remember, because it’s a food from my childhood reimagined as a grownup dish, is his pastina of the day. Pastina is a small, star-shaped noodle, a great dish for a sick child who needs to eat, but doesn’t want to eat anything that involves chewing.

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Easy Reader | A steak in Manhattan

To find out about the next big restaurant opening in Manhattan Beach, I went to Stanton, a city in north Orange County. It isn’t where you would expect to find a fine restaurant. The top employers are a senior living center and HomeDepot, and almost 20 percent of the population is below the poverty line. Nevertheless there is fine steakhouse, Park Avenue, one of only five restaurants in the county to rank five stars from Zagat. Park Avenue was started by David Slay, who will soon open Slay’s Steak and Fish House in Manhattan Beach. He had been a successful chef and owner elsewhere and was running a catering business when he received  a phone call from a complete stranger.

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Daily Breeze | Slay Steak + Fish House opens May 6 at former site of Darren’s in Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach’s David Slay is a third-generation restaurateur — who is opening his first eatery in the South Bay.

Slay Steak + Fish House opens its doors Monday, May 6, taking over what was Darren’s at 1141 Manhattan Ave. The new eatery will bring elements of his successful Park Ave Steaks and Chops restaurant in western Orange County to the South Bay, Slay said.

The Manhattan Beach restaurant will serve sustainable fish, prime grass-fed beef and multiple vegan options.

It’s older brother, Park Ave sits on five acres and has it’s own garden, allowing Slay to make everything from scratch — including its salad dressing and honey.

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Los Angeles Eater | Slay’s Manhattan Beach replaces longtime favorite Darren’s

The South Bay suffered a loss last month, as mainstay Darren’s Restaurant closed on January 26. Its replacement is Slay’s Manhattan Beach, a forthcoming steak and seafood restaurant from the owners of longtime Orange County favorite, Park Avenue Steaks and Chops. It’s still very early in the process as escrow closes on February 22, but the owners anticipate a spring opening.

Owner and chef David Slay anticipates cast-iron cooked grass fed beef, chops, sustainable seafood, and a lot of vegetables. He’ll also handpick produce from one county over at his 14-year-old Stanton-based Park Avenue, just next door to Orange County’s Westminster. Park’s boasts a massive organic garden, which’ll need to increase output for the new Manhattan Beach eatery. Slay’s been utilizing his own restaurant gardens since operating his St. Louis restaurants since the early 1980s.

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