Off to San Pedro -- any suggestions?
2 kids and 2 adults who like cheap, interesting food are headed to San Pedro. Any suggestions? Gaffey St Diner? Is that "interesting"? Burgers, in our book, aren't especially interesting; we love fish or "ethnic" food (I hate that term -- in my books and going to San Pedro fish ought to be "ethnic") -- I guess 'local gems' for not too much money is what I have in mind, and also kid-friendly -- which means not white-table-cloth but they'll eat anything you'll eat (...though -- sorry to keep adding stipulations -- there needs to be something other than all-meat available)...
So just to make sure of what their website said I just called them. And guess what? They were open. They have been open all day (since 11 AM) and the very nice guy on the phone said that last call for orders to go is 7:40 PM, but he was willing to take my order even though I called a few minutes late. Guess he's trying to maximize business like a good owner should.
Maybe in this economy we should all try to err on the side of caution when possibly driving business away from any of the small restaurants in LA (which are all trying their level best to survive our economic meltdown)?
Lots of seafood options at Ports of Call Village.
Many fresh seafood counters with different kinds of seafood which can be either fried or grilled.
Lots of choices either American, Asian or Mexican style preparation.
Very informal.....go to a counter and choose what you want and you get your food on a tray and dine on the wooden tables overlooking the harbor.
I don't know when you are going, but here are my thoughts if it is not too late. Pavich's has good pizza although it is definitely more take out than a restaurant; I think there is one small table in front. Gaffey St. Diner has good quality food a fair prices but I would not call it "interesting". San Pedro Fish market certainly meets most of your criteria: fish, interesting, kid friendly, and ethnic. I don't think it would qualify as cheap. Unless you have been to San Pedro Fish Market, you should know that many would consider it too interesting, ethnic and kid friendly. I love the place, but it is not for everyone and for me the ambience is better than the food. You might try Ante's, which is an old school Yugoslavian restaurant. They usually have a seafood special that is good. We like to split the Yugoslav sampler plate. I would suggest you do what most locals do; go to Busy Bee and get some sandwiches. Then, go to a nearby park or beach and enjoy an impromptu picnic.
Busy Bee Market
2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
Big Nicks for the sub sandwiches (haven't had the pizza). An alternative would be A-1 Grocery whose sandwiches are much more basic.
Enchilada House for inexpensive Mexican style.
IIRC Busy Bee isn't open on Sunday.
Gaffey Street Diner has Very large breakfasts - be prepared to doze afterwords.
I know there are more good San Pedro topics out there, just can find them yet.
Gaffey Street Diner
247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Big Nick's Pizza
1110 N Gaffey St Ste G, San Pedro, CA 90731
133 N Bandini St, San Pedro, CA 90731