California Casual Beach Eats from Malibu to Los Angeles

by Maggie Rosenberg & Trevor Hagstrom
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The Pacific Coast Highway never strays too far from the Beaches of Los Angeles County. Starting in Malibu, you can see the ocean throughout your drive. While Malibu is an upscale place, there are still opportunities to experience casual California beach eats at their best. Try some breakfast burritos from The Country Kitchen and fresh fish from Malibu Seafood, a shack still owned by fisherman. In Santa Monica the PCH crosses Route 66, and around the corner from the meeting of these two iconic American roads, you’ll find Cha Cha Chicken, a local favorite Caribbean beach shack.

In famously funky Venice Beach, the best snacks are in down the same alley right off the boardwalk. On the left you have the sensational salts of The Wee Chippy and on the right the fried to order mini donuts of Zelda’s Corner.

Passing the Marina and the LAX airport, you find yourself passing through the beach cities of Los Angeles’ South Bay. Sion’s Mexican Restaurant is deliciously downscale in Manhattan Beach, and right off the PHC. Down in Redondo Beach, great Indian and quirky dinner fare are available at Bollywood Zaika and Eat at Joe’s. Both line the last stretch of the highway, before the coast turns East towards Long Beach. This stretch of CA-1 takes you past some of California’s best beaches, picturesque coastal communities and great Roadfood.

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The Country Kitchen

The Country Kitchen is a Malibu local's secret shack for breakfast burritos and other fast food favorites.

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Malibu Seafood

Malibu Seafood has a prime seaside location and fresh seafood of the highest caliber. Keep it simple here.

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Cha Cha Chicken

Cha Cha chicken is a pan-Caribbean beach shack doing all sorts of clever things with chicken and jerk sauce.

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Wee Chippy

The Wee Chippy is a French fry obsessive's chip shop made even more unmissable by a fun menu of mix-and match flavored salts.

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Zelda’s Corner

A cozy sandwich shop just off of the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Zelda's Corner is beloved for fresh mini-donuts.

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Sion’s Mexican Restaurant

Sion's is a casual coffee shop in a motel parking lot that surprises with regional Mexican breakfast specialties.

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Bollywood Zaika

Bollywood Zaika combines flavors of Mumbai and Goa with Punjabi flourishes in a fast-casual concept.

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Eat at Joe’s

Eat at Joe's is a classic American greasy spoon that has built a collection of unique specials around customer requests.