Netting toothsome hauls from both land and sea, Mickie Finnz's menu pairs fishy fare with farm-fed favorites and serves them up in a fun, beach-bungalow-themed atmosphere. Practice face-first dives into platters piled with undersea edibles, such as Baja-style fish tacos ($2.75 each), a yellow-fin ahi burger with fresh chips and salsa ($10.75), or a bucket of fried, breaded whitefish ($9.95). Landlocked lunchers can sate sea-fearing stomachs with a variety of earthbound eats, such as barbecue-chicken pizza ($9.95), or bid a fond farewell to hunger with the Aloha burger, topped with grilled pineapple, teriyaki, and grilled onions ($8.75).
A mere block from the ocean, the culinary savants at The Grillish conduct harmonious seafood symphonies with a bevy of fresh and healthy ingredients. Diners can dig for fried breaded oysters in a warm basket or choose tender morsels from a helping of mixed ceviche. Light fare includes handheld comestibles such as the crab and shrimp grillwich finished with West Coast trimmings such as avocado and alfalfa sprouts, and the Cajun white ruffy wrap stuffed to bursting with cabbage, tomatoes, and fish before being doused with house sauce. A platter of skewers takes center stage among entree options with a choice of grilled salmon, barramundi, or scallop and shrimp and accouterments including coleslaw, rice, or fries, and Cajun or butter sauce on the side to facilitate avant-garde recreations of The Little Mermaid.
Ocean Tava crafts definitive Indian dishes from a subcontinentally rich palette of flavors, serving zesty curries and tender kebabs in a swanky setting. To engage fried-pastry receptors, diners can start with potato- and green-pea-stuffed vegetable samosas ($4.95) and wash away any straggling morsels with freshly-brewed masala tea ($3.95). The menu highlights India's famed meatless cuisine, offering vegetarian entrees such as bengan bharta, a baked eggplant dish ($12.95), and saag paneer, spinach smothered with cubes of homemade cheese flavored with fenugreek ($13.95). Ravenous carnivores can sink their pearly whites into the tandoori mixed platter, an assortment of tandoori chicken, seekh kebab (minced meat), chicken tikka, and salmon, fired in a traditional clay inferno ($19.95).
Oceana Bistro Cafe's floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patios unveil sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Located just down the street form the neighborhood eatery, the sea provides more than just idyllic scenery—it yields fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab for gastro-pub-inspired fare. Chefs tailor their cooking style to suit the time of day. At lunchtime, they layer casual, deli-style sandwiches with Boar's Head meats, leaf lettuces, and seasoned mayo. At dinner, they take a more gourmet approach, grilling fine meats (among them, filet mignon and ahi tuna) until they achieve a supple texture and jail stripes. Chefs pair the dishes with locally produced wines and craft brews.
There's a statue of a harpoon fisherman perched atop the tail fin of a writhing swordfish outside El Segundo Fish Co. Indeed, they take their seafood seriously here—the menu is nearly all-seafood, and it encompasses culinary influences from the Gulf of Mexico and the East and West coasts. At lunch and dinner, you can pair up baja shrimp tacos, jambalaya, and fish and chips with a range of West-coast wines. The surrounding dining space recalls an old fishing shack; weathered timber beams, bare wood floors, and old barrels mingle with decorations such as fishing rods with tackle and a massive butter sculpture of Captain Ahab.
The restaurant also brings its coastal cuisine outside the dining room with catering packages, ranging from barbecue picnics to Mexican-style taco bars.