Scenic and Good along PCH b/t LA and Dana Point (maybe around Long or Huntington Beach)
This is a spinoff of an earlier post but my research is getting deeper. I'm thinking that Patrick's Roadhouse for first-thing breakfast, cruise down through Santa Monica, Venice... eventually ending up at a scenic locale for good lunch (can be a dive or more high-end) maybe around Long Beach or Huntington Beach, etc.? I'm totally open to alternative suggestions, just want to be sure to take in good food and sightseeing along the coast as we relocate from Bev Hills to Dana Point during an upcoming trip.
I would not suggest eating anywhere in Huntington Beach. Long Beach, however, has some great options. I loved the always-packed Open Sesame on 2nd Street for Lebanese food when I lived there.
Tantalum on PCH is beautiful and a great lunch spot because while you'd never know it from the Ralph's shopping center location, the entire restaurant pretty much faces the marina. Their food has gone down a bit of late, but you can't beat the drinks or the location.
It's a bit off of PCH, but I like Khoury's (slightly upscale) and the Crab Pot (dive) in Long Beach. They both gave good food...it just depends on what you're looking for. Khoury's is lovely for a sunset dinner on their indoor patio, and the Crab Pot is for those times when you just need a good crab boil to tide you over.
215 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
At the Los Alamitos Marina (Long Beach), near Crab Pot, is Schooner or Later. Good diner food for breakfast or lunch, with a view of the boats, channel, and ocean. In Belmont Shore there are plenty of good places along 2nd Street, but no view. Open Sesame, Sunnin, and Magic Lamp are good for middle eastern; George's for Greek; La Crepe for guess what. Head a little farther south, to Old Town Seal Beach, have lunch at Beachwood BBQ on Main Street and then walk the short block to the pier for your view (or eat at the Ruby's at the end if you're craving a decent chain burger and shake). Any of those are better than Khoury's or Crab Pot, imho. If you want to wait til Newport Beach, try Picante Martin's on Balboa. Home made Mexican, reasonable prices.
In Long Beach, on the water overlooking the marina, I would suggest McKenna's on the Bay. It is relatively upscale with a good selection of the usual suspects (seafood, steaks, etc). There is a small outdoor patio and the views of Alamitos Bay and Naples Island are nice.
If you want one of the most scenic locations, try The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove State Park. It is located on the sand. There isn't anything quite like it else where in southern California. I have only eaten there once (recently) and found the food to be quite good. The drinks and wine are fairly expensive but if you plan your meal with sunset, it is all worthwhile.
If you'd like a semi-scenic local, I'd recommend Redondo Beach over Long Beach or HB. There are two places in Redondo Beach, both on the pier. Quality Seafood is a place where you select your own live catch (crab, lobster, oysters, clams, etc) and they can steam if for you. I love that place but only get to it once a year or so. It's great if you love fresh seafood. The second, also on the RB pier, is Izakaya Bincho, a chowhound favourite (which I've yet to try). You can search for both for more info.
130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Enrique's for pretty damn brilliant Mexican food. The pork shank is an amazing dish. Very, very good salsa. Carne asada burrito worth the drive from just about anywhere.
Enrique's Mexican Restaurant
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
In Dana Point try Olamendi's Mexican Restaurant. It's right on Pacific Coast Highway directly across the street from the beach. Good Mexican food, family run and inexpensive.
Richard Nixon's favorite Mexican restaurant when he was at the Western White House in San Clemente. His picture adorns the walls.
34664 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92624