Manhattan Beach dining scene is blowing up. Following his success at M. B. Post, Chef David Lefevre opened up Fishing with Dynamite just a few doors down, this time focusing on seafood.
Not to miss at Fishing with Dynamite is their raw bar selection, including (of course) a great selection of eight different oysters. My recent favorite is the Sweet Petite (Cape Cod, MA). Like the name suggests, it's one of the sweetest oysters out there!
Cocktails are also great here and designed to go with the seafood dishes and there are options for all palates from martini lovers to those who like richer, sweeter cocktails like flips. If you want something spicier, try the Regalo de Dios (Hacienda de Chihuahua sotol, Combier, strawberry-rhubarb puree, serrano, rhubarb bitters).
Those who prefer more aromatic drinks should opt for Through the Looking Glass (No. 3 gin, Tio Pepe fino sherry, Cocchi Americano, orange bitters, Dolin dry vermouth rinse).
There were also a couple of specials on the menu that day:
Hamachi, avocado, ponzu, radish, serrano, shiso ($16)
Pay attention to the special items. When we were there we lucked out with Chef David's Mom's Cape Cod Squash Rolls with rosemary butter ($4)
New England Clam Chowdah ($6/cup): Neuske's bacon, Weiser Farm potatoes, house made oyster crackers
Maryland Blue Crab Cake, in-house dill pickles, whole grain mustard remoulade ($16)
Black Miso Cod, Japanese eggplant, adzuki beans, pickled ginger, thai basil ($16)
Sauteed Loup de Mer, caramelized onion, fennel, red wine reduction ($17)
I also enjoyed the large diver scallops with turmeric cauliflower, mint, yellow raisins, capers, Marcona almonds ($16)
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266