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Del Amo Fashion Center is one of the nation's biggest malls, and it's a serious presence. Down the street, the Madrona March Nature Preserve, one of the few remaining urban wetlands, is well maintained by the local nature society. Across the marsh is King's Hawaiian which has the best French toast in town. And the family-owned Torrance Bakery makes mean sandwiches and gorgeous wedding cakes, as well as a panorama of pastries.

While Torrance seems the epitome of suburban, it can surprise you: Old Town Torrance is a quaint downtown area that features the city's best dive bars. Do the Chicken Dance at Torrance's annual Oktoberfest, which takes place every autumn at the Alpine Village on Torrance Boulevard. Wilson Park is good for biking and picnicking, and boasts a modernized gym and a roller-hockey rink.See more.


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Red Car Brewery and Restaurant
Downtown Torrance, otherwise known as Old Torrance, is something of an enigma. At one point in the previous century it was the classic "American Graffiti" place for the youngsters to hang out. It's chock full of vintage signage and Eisenhower-era relics like Foster's Freeze, Fox's Drugs, and the Torrance Bakery. Now, despite revitalization attempts and a few well respected restaurants, its mostly diurnal population is anything but the hip crowd one would see strolling along Melrose. But many of the necessary raw ingredients for impending hipster takeover are present, and The Red Car Brewery deserves to be counted as one of them. It's independently owned; has old, atmospheric "reclaimed" architecture; serves its own satisfactory microbrews; and isn't located at the Del Amo Fashion Center. It's what would happen if you drained all of the PF Chang's out of BJ's. The food is fresh, flavorful, and simple--but certainly not braindead. Become a regular now, and in twenty years you'll be able to say "I was hanging out there before Old Torrance became cool."

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