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Fishing With Dynamite

Every Sunday we have a "Fun Day" and today was no exception. We love Manhattan Beach and often enjoy chef David La Fevre's Manhattan Post. Today we tried Fishing With Dynamite, La Fevre's Oyster Bar and Seafood restaurant. The 35-seat eatery has quickly become one of our favorite new places! Chef and co-owner Le Fevre, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has previously graced the kitchens of Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and La Cote d' Or, Restaurant Jean Bardet, and Le Moulin de de Mougins in France. In Los Angeles he was the Michelin star executive chef at the Water Grill for six years! Now I didn't say reservations are easy to get. They book three tables through Open Table. Come early or call the restaurant. Start off with a very reasonably priced glass of white wine like Hewitson Sauvignon Blanc ($6) from Australia or enjoy a glass of Patz & Hall ($12.50) chardonnay from Napa Valley. There are more than ten whites by the glass. Ten reds are available too, with the Stonestreet ($12.50) from Sonoma being our favorite. Of course you can order by the bottle, and the selection is extensive! Beer drinkers rejoice! You can get everything from Jamaican Red ($6.50) to a Duchesse de Borgogne ($13.50). Other favorites include Harvest Ball ($7.50), Mischief ($10.50) and about six others. Specialty cocktails ($12.50) like the Innocents Abroad, a sparkling cocktail with starr rum, passion fruit, lavender and thai basil are refreshing and creative. Now for dinner! The raw bar is amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the jumbo shrimp ($2.25 each/$16 for half a dozen $29 for a dozen) with saffron aioli and cocktail sauce. Oysters are $3 to $3.25 each, $17.50 to $19.00 per half dozen, and $33 to $35.75 per dozen. Also from the raw bar...Littleneck clams, Peruvian scallops, Prince Edward mussels, Alaskan King crab legs, and Atlantic lobster. Mixed platters start at $45. Clam Chowder ($9) is fantastic; and why wouldn't it be? Made with Neuske's bacon, Weiser Farms potatoes, and house made oyster crackers this soup is great way to start your meal. The Maryland Blue Crab Cake ($16) is served with in-house crunchy dill pickles and a whole grain mustard remoulade. There is a ton of crabmeat, and a little kick of spice at the end. We loved it! Don't forget the FwD fries. ($8) Served with malt vinegar mayo, these are some of the crunchiest, tastiest fries we've had! We also had the shrimp tacos ($12) on corn tortillas with salsa verde, guacamole, and cilantro This dish was outstanding! The tortillas were literally stuffed with shrimp and the salsa verde was the perfect finish. They really have a way with sauces here. Service is excellent and we really enjoyed the vibe. Fishing With Dynamite 1148 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach (310) 893-6299. Call for reservations. Sun-Wed: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs-Sun 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Bar is open later.

 

Recommended Dishes: Clam Chowder, FwD fries, Crabcakes, Shrimp tacos, oysters, fresh jumbo shrimp, clams.

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