by Richard Foss
Depending on which set of statistics you look at, Chinese food is either the most popular restaurant cuisine in the U.S. or in second place. That includes high style fusion places, down home eateries, and take-out counters all lumped into the one category, but one statistic proves the appeal. There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than all of the McDonald’s, KFCs, Pizza Huts, Taco Bells and Wendy’s combined.
Seashore Chinese Restaurant on Calle Mayor in Torrance opened in the late ‘80s. Rather than ornate Chinese scrolls and paintings, Seashore’s decorations lean toward pictures of food, postings of daily specials in Chinese, and fish tanks, both decorative and functional. (At least I think the ones by the door are decorative, because they have the same pretty tropical fish in them every time, and the ones by the back wall seem to change tenants fairly often.)