|(that's my niece. isn't she amazing?)|
So, it was 80 degrees this weekend (That's right folks, 80 degrees in January. Yeah, keep hating on LA.), and I had an extra day off. I basically forced a beach day to happen. Oh my. So good. Admittedly the one-and-half-hour drive back to the east was not so good, but it was worth all 90 minutes. So, here's how we did it:
We had everyone from grandparents to little kiddies in tow. Lunch was at Malibu Seafood, because it's super casual, has a beautiful view of the water, and the kids can run around. Now, don't show up famished because that'll just lead to grumpiness. (Admittedly, grumpiness might happen anyway, but we do our best. As stated, some people don't love the beach like I do. Let's focus on the positive.) You order at the counter, but it's a tiny shack of a place, so you stand in line a good long time, then have to wait for food a while after that. But, it's great. Far less of a scene than Neptune's Net a little ways further up PCH, and the fish is really fresh and tasty. There are plenty of fried things, which are all delicious, not least of which is perfectly cooked steak fries, but there's also shrimp cocktail, scallop ceviche, steamed shellfish, chowder, and a whole set of grilled fish plates. (There's also an ahi burger, but it's just ok, which is what you get for ordering an ahi burger.) No alcohol is sold on the premises, but as the lovely woman at the counter will tell you, the 76 gas station a quarter mile up the road sells wine and beer. You kind of need a Corona or Pacifico to go along with your fried fish and ocean view. You're on your own for limes, though. One family brought their own tablecloth and champagne flutes. Charming, if a little weird.
Malibu Fish and Seafood is at 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu. (It's way out past Pepperdine. Plan accordingly.)