After having endured a few very disappointing seaside dining attempts in L.A. (Gladstones, The Chart House), this Easter Sunday, I found my faith restored. Not my faith in the Lord, but in dining over salt water.
McKennas, in the Long Beach marina, at the end of Marina Dr. This is right over the border from Seal Beach/Orange Co. line.
After enduring about a 45-min. wait at Khourys (yes, we had reservations, but they apparently werent being honored that day!), our group of 6 strolled across the parking lot and were seated immediately. They had a special Easter menu, with just a few different variations on the regular menu, which looked pretty extensive in itself.
I had Spanish style steak with scrambled eggs (remember this was brunch) which was served medium well, w/ fresh pico de gallo with non-marinated jalapenos, a couple slices of sourdough and some good melon. The steak was juicy, actually grilled, and hit the spot. Others at the table ordered a lobster and (gruyere?) omelet, eggs benedict, etc., and we all cleaned our plates (these were a bunch of picky eaters). All the entrees, including the seafood items, were $10-12, which to my L.A. eyes, looked like a big, repeated typo.
Also, good drinks (mimosas, greyhounds, etc.) for and this appears to be the regular price 5 bucks.
Very quickly, the atmosphere was comfortable and refined, the service totally competent (warm bread refilled, water refilled) and there were big panel windows where we could watch the boats gliding by and the cormorants herding anchovies in the harbor. In all a pleasant way to pass the afternoon. Did I just get lucky?
McKenna's on the Bay
190 N Marina Dr