Food/drink shopping in Malibu, NYC hounds need help!
We are renting a house for a few weeks in August on the PCH, closer in to town (address is in the low 19000's). Have some basic familiarity with the area but we're certainly not experts. We are planning to cook/grill a fair amount, but nothing overly elaborate, just simple and fresh. Need some advice on where to buy excellent steak, fish, seafood ... and while we're at it, may as well give me fruits and veggies, too. Was told Malibu Village Wines is excellent for unusual and smaller wineries that we can't find in NYC, would appreciate some comments on that and any other recommendations for things like a great cheese store, bakery ... you get my drift. Don't make me buy steak in the supermarket!!!! Happy to drive around 20 minutes to forage for supplies but please don't send me much further than that unless it truly is worth it.
I think the Pacific Palisades Farmers Market on Sunday mornings, and just a bit farther, the great Santa Monica Farmers Markets, especially Wednesday mornings, would be great places for you to explore.
On Wendsday and Saturday's there is a great Farmer's Market in Santa Monica. It's on Arizona street between 2nd & 3rd.
Here's some more information on it:
For steaks, your best bet is Costco, nearest one to you is on Lindero Canyon in Westlake Village (about a 30 minute drive but worth it).
For seafood, there's Malibu Seafood and fish market. You may want to try PC Greens for produce and meat, but you're only about 10 minutes from Gelson's in Pacific Palisades, which I think offers consistent quality prime meats. You can get fish, meat, cheeses and bread, in addition to produce, at the Wednesday and Saturday Santa Monica farmer's market.
Another BIG recommendation for How's. Check their website or call the store -- they often have preferred cuts of prime steaks (ribeyes, porterhouses) for less than $10 per pound. Also, on weekdays when much of Malibu is driving towards Santa Monica in the mornings and up the coast in the afternoons, going the opposite way is fast and easy. (Note, all bets are off on weekends -- stock up so you don't have to fight beach traffic then.) When their prime beef is on sale, How's is well under half the price of Gelson's.
You can get Harris Ranch meats at Pacific Coast Greens, and pretty good organic produce there too, if you don't want to go to Santa Monica Farmer's market for produce. The freshest seafood is at SM farmer's market, but alternatives would be Malibu Seafood or Santa Monica seafood. Malibu Village wines is good for wine.
I second the suggestions for the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. You can get bison steaks, a small selection of fresh seafood, some cheese, milk, eggs, and of course veggies. It's a little ways -- probably 10-15 minutes away -- but, to tell you the truth, there's not a whole lot of good food that's much closer. And while you're there, you can visit:
Bay Cities, for an excellent cheese selection, cold cuts, wine, and fresh Italian bread. (You can also pick up bread from La Brea Bakery at most supermarkets -- it's very good.)
Santa Monica Seafood. They do a lot of wholesale, so everything's very fresh.
Whole Foods, on Wilshire around 23rd. Just to pick up anything you can't find somewhere else. Or stop by Gelson's (expensive) on your way back.
I'm sure there's a good wine store in Santa Monica, but I don't know where it is.
The wine shop you mentioned, and the PC Greens store that others have mentioned, are both in the OTHER direction, again about 10+ minutes away. Malibu Seafood is a ways beyond that, so I would skip it unless you're headed up that way anyways.
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Seafood Co. - SM Retail
1205 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA
15424 W Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Whole Foods Market
2201 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Pacific Coast Greens
22601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA