I am going to be in Southern California for a couple of days on business this week. One of the nights I will be staying at the Marriott on Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach. I have never been to LA before (okay, I drove through once briefly on my way to Huntington Beach, spotted Darva Conger (it was that long ago) and drove by a place called "Oh, My Nappy Hair Salon" (yes, we were in fact lost)) Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any decent places to eat and/or enjoy a nice cocktail near the hotel? All I know about LA (besides the aforementioned "visit") is what I learned watching "LA Story", which would lead me to believe that anything worse visiting will require a car. I'm hoping that some kind Los Angelinos will set me straight and tell me where to go to take in the sights and fill my belly.
PS -- extra points if you have recommendations for Costa Mesa, too, since I will be there for a night as well.
Thank you in advance!