Fishing With Dynamite

This is a hosted meal.

Oops – sorry for those of you who subscribe to the blog via email and got this post twice – I hit publish by accident before writing anything!  I blame it on my busted brain, which is in NJ right now and still thinks it’s 4am.  Fishing with Dynamite is another restaurant in Manhattan Beach by Chef David LeFevre, right next door to one of the places I recommend the most to folks in Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach Post.

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This space is smaller and reminds me of Quicks Tavern in Woods Hole, MA

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…and also my parents’ house growing up.  We had this silverware!

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Like MB Post, the menu is seasonal and subject to change.  You’ve already seen a sneak peek of the waffles

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…here is the 11 course tasting by the Chef!  Tomatoes, Melon compressed with Chilies, Mint, Black Pepper Ricotta, and Focaccia Croutons to start…

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…and David’s mother’s Squash Cape Cod Rolls…

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…with Rosemary butter.  Much like his Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, you need to break your gluten-free diet for just a taste.

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Some bread goes dipping into this bowl of hearty, intensely flavorful New England Clam Chowder…
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…but how can you resist homemade Oyster Crackers with your soup?

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Even though this primarily a seafood restaurant, there are lots of vegetarian items on the menu.

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Black Kale with parmesan cheese, garlic, and chilies…

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…White Corn and Blistered Shoshitos…

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…and Quinoa with asparagus, figs, mint, lemon, and cashew.

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I do eat some meat, but request it not be raw/fried.  This is their Salmon with Green Tea and Dashi…

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…and off the brunch menu – incredible Shrimp and Grits, topped with a runny egg.
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…with Salted Caramel Sauce and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Equally irresistible is the Key Lime Pie.

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IMG_1632Abe and I want to make brunch in Manhattan Beach a thing – and Dave Le Fevre’s restaurants certainly make the trip from Hollywood worth it.  He may be my new favorite chef – I’ve never eaten anything less than amazing from him.

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