When you live in a city as aggressively spread out as LA, the term “destination restaurant” comes up a lot. Because no matter where you’re going, you’re getting in the car and driving somewhere else. And you need an exciting term to get your stupid friends out of their apartments.
But what does a destination restaurant even mean? Obviously, the food must be killer, and the vibe better be close to perfect, with a space that’s worth sitting an hour on the freeway to see. You want a full experience. A rooftop. Maybe some gastronomy. And Chrissy Teigen getting weird in the corner.
What about a ten-table seafood shack on a side street in Manhattan Beach? Not particularly.
LA’s seafood game is strong. And Fishing With Dynamite sits amongst the best, starting with the raw bar. Ordering the oyster sampler and a 3 oz. glass of cava is a command, not a suggestion. And we’re telling you right now there’s not a better scallop in town than their Peruvian scallop. If we were 75-year-old women drunk on wine coolers, we would’ve hawked those babies into our purses like they were last summer’s Saltines. And maybe we did. The rest of FWD’s stacked menu reads like a Seafood Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with everything from gumbo to yellowtail tacos to crab cakes to fish and chips all making appearances. It could be a complete disaster if it wasn’t all so perfect.
And yet, it’s the vibe and space that sets the whole operation apart. Fishing With Dynamite is one of LA’s great restaurants, but it’s basically a neighborhood seafood joint. Gone are the white tablecloths and cavernous dining rooms that are generally associated with high-end seafood restaurants. Instead, FWD is cool, casual, and extremely manageable. Come sit at the tiny bar for a quick lunch or set up shop in the corner for one of the best date night situations in town.
No, there isn’t a rooftop or a caprese squirt syringe. And we have no idea if Chrissy Teigen’s even been here, because we’re restaurant reviewers, not psychopaths. But we do know that Fishing With Dynamite is a destination worth getting to. Check your 405 rage fevers at the door.
Just close your eyes and go. Every single oyster on the menu is fantastic and the sampler platter is your vessel to greatness.
Drop what you’re doing and go get one of these. It’s hard to screw up a scallop and incredibly difficult to make it better than anybody else’s. Fishing With Dynamite did just that.
This probably stood out the least for us, because frankly everyone has an octopus on their menu right now. But that being said, it was still pretty damn delicious.
Only served at lunch, this is a definite must-order. They make the corn tortillas in-house, but the secret is in the pork rinds on top.
JUST LOOK AT THIS THING. If you like key lime pie (and even if you don’t), you order this. You did, after all, drive from Atwater.