Sunday, February 1, 2015

High Coastal

MB Post’s chef opens an oyster bar


Fishing with dynamite, the metaphor, means to do something with guaranteed success.
Fishing With Dynamite, the new restaurant by chef David LeFevre (of the Michelin-starred Water Grill, should come to mean exactly the same thing. 
While the inland oyster bars have hit fever pitch with L&E, Littlefork and Hungry Cat, the South Bay patiently awaited its pearl.     
Now officially out of its shell, this 36-seat restaurant decorated for the modern mariner awaits just two doors down from LeFevre's M.B. Post on Manhattan Avenue. 
Oyster bar beginners can cover all the bases with their shellfish assortments: The SS Minnow serves 1-2, the Queen Mary serves 3-4, and the Mothershucker serves 5-6. Maryland Blue crab cakes, New England clam chowdah, and other classics contend for your gastronomic elections.  
For the shuck-savvy set, you already knew that clear-based spirits pair best with seafood, so it’s no surprise that’s the basis for the cocktail menu here. Order the Regalo de Dios (Spanish for “Gift from God”), a tart tequila tipple. It has plenty of matches made in heaven: littleneck clams, kumamotos, or naked cowgirls (a new oyster from Washington).

Fishing With Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Ave. (at 12th), Manhattan Beach
(310) 893-6299

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet
Scene: Pier-goers, MB Post aficionados and overflow
Best bets: Oysters; black miso cod; steelhead trout
Hot seat: At the raw bar
Nearby: M.B. Post; Simmzy’s; The Strand House

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