Everybody thinks that if you live in Los Angeles, the ocean is only minutes away. Unfortunately, that’s not true and there’s that darned traffic. Because I live in the valley I don’t make it out there that often. But when Doug told me he had an invitation to a fish fry lunch at Malibu Seafood with a bunch of his camera buddies, I decided to play hooky from work and go with him.
Ever since LA’s recent butterfly invasion, when billions of them descended on the city, my allergies have been acting up big time. I loved the butterflies but they went apeshit pollinating. Los Angeles has been super-blooming ever since. People are driving in droves to see the poppy and flower fields all over Southern California. A bunch of idiots, in an effort to get the best Instagram shots, tromped all over the flowers. Lake Elsinore finally had to shut them off and limit their view because of it.
I’ve been feeling irrelevant because I didn’t want to get stuck in the traffic and plow through the crowds to see them. Plus, my sinuses have been making me dizzy. There’s no better cure for allergies than a good whiff of ocean air.
Driving in LA means knowing how to time the traffic so you don’t get stuck. I wrote an article for Travel Awaits called How to Get Around in Los Angeles you may want to read if you plan to visit. We left for Malibu Seafood around 11:30 am and luckily it was smooth sailing all the way. Even still, it took us 50 minutes.
Malibu Seafood is a fish market and patio cafe off Pacific Coast Highway that looks sort of like a shack. You can eat outdoors on the patio or go up to a room up a set of stairs with long family-style tables that our group managed to cordon off.
You have to stand in line at the market to place your order. And, believe me, there’s always a line. This was a Tuesday, afternoon in spring.
Then, you’re given a buzzer that will go off when your food’s ready. There’s a fish market inside if you want to take home some of the day’s catch.
A woman standing in line with us recommended the Fish and Chips. She said it was the best she’s ever had and even a British friend of her’s agreed. Doug went for that and I ordered a crab and shrimp salad. I would have loved the Fish and Chips too but it’s deep-fried and I am trying to stick to eating healthy. My salad had REAL crab and not Krab, which is an imitation made with a concoction of who knows what.
When our order was ready, we took our tray upstairs to join all of Doug’s pals. There were at least 50 of them with guests who made the trek on a workday. Many were retired like Doug.
Our food was sooooo yummy! You can see my salad below.
One weird thing happened, though. After we finished eating, an older woman grabbed the plastic container my salad came in and dumped her leftovers in it to take home. I mean, I don’t have any infectious diseases but Eewwh!
We couldn’t have had a better day. Perfect weather, gentle sea breeze, and great company. My allergies took a break for a while which was so nice. Then, we had to head back to the valley. Las Virgenes Road turned out to be the best route. It’s a pretty easy drive and not as winding as Kanan or Topanga Canyon. The whole area between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley was up in flames a few months ago and you could see some of the damage. But because of our recent heavy rains, the hills were yellow with mustard seed and looked amazing!
There are plenty of high-end seafood restaurants in Malibu but if you are looking for someplace casual and affordable, Malibu Seafood is just as tasty as any of them and always fun to visit.
It’s located at 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu.