We spent a lot of time at the beach in the weeks leading up to school starting and I was really quite pleasantly surprised by the food at Malibu Seafood -- Fresh Fish Market and Patio Café. I really wanted a beachy fish experience prior to playing in the sand and waves and it delivered much better food and value than I expected. I was expecting it to be hideously expensive and not really very good and then having to be further entertained by Mr. JudiAU complain about everything Left Coast during lunch.
Fried things are freshly prepared and nicely cooked. Grilled things are as well. Prices were pretty reasonable, considering the budget buster combo of fresh fish and Malibu. I also loved that the menu was really flexible with different price points and sizes which made it super easy to order for the kids.
Recommended dishes: fish and chips, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp plate, and clam chowder. Even the ice tea was good because it was strong, plain, and black. The fried clams were fine but inferior to the other dishes, as you would expect. Also, they sell Beachy Cream Ice Cream sandwiches which are very tasty.
My other weird beach discover is that I didn’t particularly like the frequently lauded gelato at Grom. It wasn’t that it wasn’t very good, it was, it just felt heavy and strong and fatty after a day at the beach. None of us finished the small portions. On subsequent visits we stuck to the excellent sorbets and were really happy. I’ve always thought it would be a cold day in hell or perhaps a hot day in Malibu when my bittersweet chocolate loving three year old would choose a fruit flavor but there you have it.