Thanks to all who threw in their recommendations for my trip to Los Angeles; we hit up lots of places, some good, some great, some terrible...
We started with a drive up the PCH and pulled into Malibu Seafood for lunch before heading across the street to the beach. 3 of us ordered a ton of food: notably the fish taquitos, , the fried oysters ( hard little bullets of batter with an oyster floating inside) the fish tacos, (which were very fresh but under seasoned, both the fish and the salsa, and lacking in any kind of sauce. Bland bland bland) We would have been totally disappointed in Malibu Seafood, but we also ordered a steamed whole Dungeness crab and it was AMAZING! Perfectly cooked, full of sweet meat, absolute heaven!
Traffic was terrible on the return trip, so we stopped in at Gladstone's for a drink. I had a heard it was a tourist trap, and it was, but the beer was cold and the mojitos were minty. We decided to risk a few oyster shooters, which were described as the Mexican (with tequila) The Original (bloody mary style) and one other. Where I'm from an oyster shooter is a shot of liquor with an oyster on the bottom and flavoring. (cocktail, horseradish, whatever) Not here: these were poorly shucked oysters on the half shell with a little topping (crab " ceviche" or a canned olive slice) and no booze. Booo. :(
The upshot was by the time we finally got out of there (40 minutes to get 6 shooters) the traffic was gone and we made it to Mariscos Chente in no time.
This place was fabulous. We ordered the shrimp in a cheesy garlic sauce and filet of snook. So tasty! we wanted to order another plate after that was gone. They were advertising the langostines, so we questioned the waitress and got a lengthy description. But when we said we would go for it, she said they were out. Bummer. We got the pepper shrimp and it was not as well received, (frankly too much black pepper) but I would love to go back here with recommendations of what else to order. Our waitress seemed a bit confused by our question, " we don't know what to get, what would you eat?"
Lunch the next day was at the Breadbar in Century City. Not my choice, and not much to say. It was ok
The next night was dinner at Vermont on Vermont, where I had a very nice corn soup and a truly delicious pork tenderloin with braised red cabbage and sweet potatoes. The pork was perfection. My DC had a nice mahi mahi, but it didn't hold a candle to the pork.
The final day we hit up the Santa Monica Farmers market early and stocked up on veg for BBQ, then headed back to my buddy's house by way of Bay Cities Deli, where we split the Godmother. Fabulous sandwich,--love that they take out the center of the bread to make room for all that meat! We headed across town to 99 Ranch Market for some fresh fish (pompano and striper) to add to the grill, and hit up a couple of taco stands on the way there: scoring both a nice fish taco from? and a tasty crunch one from henry's tacos in north hollywood.
all in all, I figure I don' t need to eat again for awhile, but i can't wait to come back to LA and do it all over again!