johnnie-O is stoked to be down at the THE POINT. The Point is the shiny and stylish new shopping/dining complex in El Segundo, and a lovely place to grab a quick bite (among other things) when you’re near LAX airport. But we recommend coming on a day when you can hang out for a while, because this is a place built for lingering or even... “Hangin’ Out.”
John invited some friends down for some good old-fashioned fun. And as only John would have… ripped a blazer right off a mannequin for a customer!
With its sleek, modern design, its pleasant patios, its boutique shopping and its kid-friendly outdoor space, The Point is pure Cali chill. Here are some other great reasons to get down to “The South Bay’s Living Room” ASAP!
There’s no place better to experience this chill than on the patio of the Smitten Ice Cream kiosk. Smitten, which makes churned-to-order ice cream with its patented liquid-nitrogen machine, is a San Francisco sensation that’s making its debut into L.A.’s freezing frenzy. Another outpost is coming to Silver Lake this year. Smitten belongs in the conversation with these other buzzworthy out-of-towners that have recently expanded to L.A. So the point of a visit of The Point might be starting with ice cream and then ending with ice cream.
If you want something savory in between, there’s the sandwiches at Mendocino Farms. This is a rapidly growing fast-casual chain wise enough to know that bahn mi and barbecue belong on the same menu. Mendocino Farms, which recently got an investment from Whole Foods and has its own smokehouse in El Segundo, takes R&D seriously. CEO Mario del Pero criss-crosses the country and tries everything from Mexican food in San Diego to smoked meat in Austin and Brooklyn as he develops his menu. It’s only fitting that he’s making the area around LAX a better place to eat.
Over at Superba Food + Bread’s bright, glassy space at The Point, you can pair baked goods with cocktails because you’re here to relax, remember. Superba was born in L.A.’s Venice neighborhood, where spending hours at a cafe in the middle of the day feels as natural as it does in Paris.
The Point is also home to healthy-eating destination True Food Kitchen when you want to go vegan or detox. And when you really don’t want to, there’s Hopdoddy Burger Bar, which serves grass-fed beef and craft beers along with lamb and bison burgers. But this is L.A., so there’s kale and quinoa on both menus.
You know what’s good after kale and quinoa, by the way? Ice cream.