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Nov 1, 2006 06:21 AM

Mid-Price in Malibu

Is there a good mid-price place in Malibu -- comfort food/good breakfasts/sandwiches/etc., not overly pricey (and not Googies)?

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  1. It's a chain, but what about Marmalade Cafe?

    (And I hate Coogies.)

    1. You mean Coogies.

      Marmalade Cafe in the Malibu Country Mart has the same type of food -- various sandwiches, salads, breakfast/brunch items, entrees, and MUCH better desserts than those at Coogies. It's a bit pricier, but only by a couple of dollars.

      Cooke's Family Market a little up the PCH in the plaza is closing, but it will have a huge closeout sale. You could get a pretty good deal in the deli section.

      In the same plaza is Lilly's, a Mexican restaurant with huge portions at cheap prices.

      1. Coogies may not be that good, but Marmalade has stinky tables and dirty restrooms.

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        1. re: budlit

          do you mean sticky? How do you smell a table? I can't imagine anyone doing that.

          If you don't recommend either Marmalade or Malibu Kitchen, what valuable tidbit do you have for the OP.

          1. re: chica

            no, I meant stinky. If a table is wiped down with a sour dishtowel, the table becomes sour smelling, and then you can smell it. My valuable tidbit is to not recommend Marmalade.

            1. re: budlit

              You know, if you feel like they're not cleaning their tables, you should let them know. It's not sanitary.

              I've eaten there multiple times, however, and have never encountered this problem.

              But if you have, you really should do everyone a favor and tell them.

              1. re: chica

                Ugh, my pet peeve. I know the smell, and it's true of both Marmalades (Malibu and SM), as well as just about every sports bar in town.

        2. Malibu Kitchen! Some of the best comfort food in LA. Homemade meatloaf, cole slaw, pulled pork, soups, stews and chowders. A VERY salty staff (take a number, order one thing at a time, NO cell phones, no outside coffee, or be banned) but the best sandwiches around. Seating is tables on the patio only.
          At Cross Creek on the Starbucks side.

          1. Yup, Malibu Kitchen rocks... but it comes with a little bit of pop culture that we Bu-its find entertaining...the guy who owns it used to be the road manager for Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra. He and his wife, and "upside down dog," Shylo, are wonderful people. But, the husband, Bill, is known as the "Breakfast Burrito Nazi." If you are there 15 minutes before lunch is about to start, he'll refuse you breakfast no matter what. The service is painfully slow, but worth the show and the food.

            Howdy's Fresh Mex is incredible as well. Created by the ex owner of La Salsa. Super fresh salmon grilled tacos with pineapple salsa, the shrimp burritos are out of this world stuffed cheese and cabbage and more of that awesome pineapple salsa. It's in the Country Mart on Cross Creek as well, across from our burnt down movie theatre....