One of the most important aspects of early recovery is fellowship. Once an addict gets sober, they often lose a majority of their social support system, individuals that are still engaging in drug or alcohol use. A social support system serves as a resource for advice and information, emotional support, companionship and feedback. These are all vital resources in early recovery. In order to develop healthy relationships in recovery, reaching out to others in AA meetings is recommended. This may be difficult for some, but an easy way to accomplish this is to engage in fellowship after an AA meeting.
Whether you meet with someone one-on-one or in a group, use this as a guide to determine some of the best places to eat in Redondo after an AA meeting:
Boy & the Bear: Boy & the Bear is a refreshing new coffee roaster in Redondo Beach. It is no secret that many members of Alcoholics Anonymous have a strong affinity for coffee. For the coffee connoisseur, this is your spot to meet after an AA meeting. The South Bay community has a strong appreciation for small business and has warmly embraced the shop. Boy & the Bear offer intentionally crafted coffee in a shop with friendly staff and beautiful décor. Boy & the Bear is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Peet’s Coffee: Peet’s coffee has been around for over 50 years. With an incredible coffee, tea and coldbrew options, Peet’s has been a staple coffee shop in Manhattan Beach for years. Located in downtown Manhattan Beach, it is the perfect location for individuals to enjoy a cup of coffee while fellowshipping after meetings. There is seating both indoors and outdoors. Many choose to take their coffee to go and walk down to the Manhattan Beach Pier or along the strand. Something to keep in mind, smoking cigarettes has been banned throughout Manhattan Beach so this may not be an ideal location for those that smoke. Peet’s coffee is open 7 days a week from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Pressed Juicery: For the health conscious individual, Pressed Juicery is a great option. They offer fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices, using high quality ingredients and spices. Pressed Juicery’s mission is to make high nutrition a realistic option for everyone. For those in early recovery, the body goes through immense changes with the absence of drugs and alcohol. Fresh pressed juices offer a healthy option to aid in the recovery process. Pressed Juicery has multiple locations throughout the South Bay (El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Torrance) and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt: On the other end of the spectrum, for those with a late night sweet tooth, Handel’s is your best bet. Handel’s offers homemade ice cream and yogurt in every flavor you can imagine. Similar to the appeal of caffeine, addicts in early recovery often crave sugar. This is due to the boost in dopamine an individual experiences when eating sugar, similar to the boost of dopamine experienced when alcohol is ingested. While it is never recommended to substitute one addiction for another, the occasional sweet tooth indulgence is fine and a fun way to fellowship after an AA Meeting. Handel’s is located in Torrance and is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
The Source Café: The Source Café, located in Hermosa Beach, offers fresh, healthy, and locally sourced dishes. With freshly made salads, soups, paninis, wraps, and smoothies, there is something for everyone looking for a healthy meal. They also serve a variety of coffees, organic teas and fresh juices. The Source Café provides free wifi, has both indoor and outdoor seating and is located just minutes from the Hermosa Beach Alano Club, making it an ideal location for fellowshipping after meetings and doing step work. The Source Café is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
The Kettle: The Kettle is a local favorite in Manhattan Beach. What makes this restaurant unique is that it is open 24 hours/7 days a week. It is rare to find a restaurant with this level of food that is open 24 hours a day. This makes is an ideal location for those who attend late night meetings. With a extensive menu, indoor and outdoor seating, and a prime location in downtown Manhattan Beach, it has been a favorite fellowship spot for members of Alcoholics Anonymous for years.
Mendocino Farms: Mendocino Farms prides itself on serving healthy, locally sourced food in a family-like atmosphere. They serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and have multiple vegan options. The freshness of the ingredients is undeniable, making it a favorite in the South Bay. It is located at the outdoor shopping center, The Pointe, in El Segundo. The location makes it a great spot for fellowshipping after an AA meeting. The Pointe has unique shops, multiple restaurants, beautiful water fixtures, outdoor seating, heating lamps, expansive grass areas and often hosts live music.
Getting together with fellow recovering addicts after a meeting can be extremely beneficial. Isolation can have devastating consequences for someone in early recovery. Next time you are at an AA meeting, reach out to others and see if they want to get together for coffee, ice cream or a meal at one of these great South Bay locations. Hopefully this guide helped you to source some of the best places to eat in Redondo after an AA meeting. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please give South Bay Sober Living a call at (844) 316-2809. We are here to help!