I'm going to be out in the Carson area for meetings next week, able and willing to drive a fair distance if the destination is worth the trip. Hole in the wall places are fine - I care much more about the food than the ambience. My personal tendency is for good ethnic cuisine, or local specialties. Focus on what's unique or better here than elsewhere - I figure that if I'm in L.A., I'd rather have chowhound experiences that I'd be unlikely to find here in the Baltimore area.
Many of you have already responded with Lebanese recs to help me satisfy a colleague's jones for that, now I'm trying to figure out what to do on the other nights. I'm staying at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach (should I thank or curse our travel office?), so any walking distance late night or early breakfast munchies in that area would also be useful.
None of us are locals, so please provide address, map link, or directions to help us find your suggested spot.