Fishbar (Manhattan Beach, CA)

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Fishbar is a cozy restaurant that’s a quick stroll from the beach and offers an excellent happy hour menu.  There’s convenient meter parking and a parking lot across the street as well.  Majority of the dishes will run you from $10-$30, however, the happy hour offers a good selection of affordable dishes and drinks.

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The lobster mac and cheese ($6.99), garlic fries ($2.50), and oysters ($1.75) are happy hour gems.  On a recent trip, I got myself the grilled lobster.  Split, seasoned, and grilled to perfection.  They also offer king crab, clams, and other shellfish. It isn’t the best seafood around town, but it’s a great spot for a date or a few drinks and critters with friends.

3801 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 796-0200

4stars1

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Santa Barbara Fish Market (Santa Barbara, CA)

11036086_10205415680445284_6628429681377495825_nWhen I think Santa Barbara, I think of uni.  I travel great lengths to get the best quality.  So naturally, Santa Barbara Fish Market was bookmarked.  Being an hour plus away from LA, it isn’t a quick stop.

Unfortunately, I left with a few trays of some fairly weak uni.  They didn’t have any tuna poki or live uni or much selection, the main reason I drove up, and only had these WEAK trays of uni for $8.95.  I even called ahead to make sure they had some, but was apparently too late when I got there.
The uni tray was fairly disappointing as the quality was comparable to the uni I’d get at our loc13248_10205415681125301_4554058544842586337_nal Korean market (for $4.99).  It’s probably a good spot for locals to pick up seafood, but not exactly the game changer I was looking for.  Oh yeah, and the “workers” won’t shuck anything if they don’t feel like it.

117 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 965-9564

2 stars

EMC Seafood & Raw bar (Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA)

11755680_10206511441118616_2155209651326565950_nOh, Koreatown how I love your late night foodie spots.  EMC is located in the middle of Ktown inside a mini mall, which means easy parking. Awesome sauce!  Inside, it’s loud, crowded, and usually has a wait.  No reservations accepted.

Now on to the food: It’s alright.  For $95, you get the colossal EMC tower.  Our server told us it would be more than enough for 2 people.  After clearing the tower, I’d say it’s more for 1.5 people.  It came with 6 oysters (chefs choice), 6 mussels, 6 clams, 5 shrimp, 2 lobsters, and some uni.   Sounds like a lot of food, but I’d say 70% of it is shell.

The lobsters were steamed, cut in half, then served chilled on ice.  For me, this method takes out a lot of flavor.  The lobster meat was cold and flavorless.  Had to butter that shit up to even swallow the bug meat.  The rest of the tower was pretty good but I have a hard time justifying $100 and still bei5nkhteng hungry.

Overall, the happy hour (4pm – 7pm  or 10pm – close) they have is legit.  $1 oysters, cheap beer, and some other fried crap to fill the belly.  However, the EMC tower was a tad disappointing and the wait time wasn’t worth it.  Cool atmosphere and location though.

3500 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988

3-star