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May 2, 2013 08:03 AM

Fishing With Dynamite Open

Got a chance to dine at Chef David Le Fevre's charming new Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach (two door down from his MB Post) and boy did I enjoy this upscale fish shack. What a great addition to the South Bay. Started with their great SS Minnow chilled shellfish platter with jumbo shrimp, oysters, muscles & 1/2 lobster $39. The Clam Chowdah with neuske bacon in a thin broth, loved the grilled octopus, excellent fresh crispy fried squid (that included fried cauliflower, zucchini and lemons) had the all crab Maryland Blue Cakes and California sea urchin iced platter ($15!) Ended the meal with their tasty Pretzel and Chocolate bread pudding. Wonderful service. No lunch service yet at this tiny delight (they only have around 10 tables & 4 seats at the bar & 4 seats at the raw bar), they open at 5pm nightly and they were packed by 5:30pm. They do take limited reservations and will be on Open Table. Highly recommended for seafood lovers.

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.
(310) 893-6299

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  1. Sounds good.... Do you know if their chowdah had dairy in it?

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      Their Chowdah' is made with cream New England style. What I should of said is it was a delicious light cream broth.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Darn.... You got my hopes up when you wrote " a thin broth..."

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Photo of the Chowdah' with homemade oyster crackers.

    2. the seafood at MB Post is always superb.
      doesn't surprise me that the seafood at this restaurant is also terrific
      thanks for reporting.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        If you say MB Post is superb I will follow your lead and go...based on your spot-on recommendation(s) of Coni's Seafood.
        Coni's has proven to me to be one of the 'greats' in regard to seafood in the surrounding areas. I just love everything about the place.

        Thanks, Wienermobile for the pics and description of the food at, what appears to be, another great find for my great love of all seafood.

      2. I can't wait till they open for lunch. I work in MB area but never come down here for dinners.

        1. Here is a photo of their large shellfish plater.

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            1. re: TailbackU

              That in the photo is the large plater called the "Mothershucker" that feeds 5-6 at $145. Mine was The "SS Minnow" for two at $39 with 4 Jumbo shrimp, oysters, 1/2 dozen muscles & 1/2 lobster. They also offer "The Queen Mary" that serves 3-4 at $75.

            2. Concur. A really great place and a terrific addition to the neighborhood. As noted, small and crowded but not a trace of attitude--the staff could not have been nicer or more eager to help from the FOH to the folk behind the counters. Everyone seemed genuinely concerned about providing the best possible experience for the diner.

              I, too, had the very good chowdah [$6/10] (though I think the Providence version still edges it out) followed by the pitch-perfect crabcake [$16] and assorted, chilled favorite was the Peruvian scallops [$2 each] though I also enjoyed the fine selection of a half dozen different, delicious oysters [price varied depending on which type but all under $3] (you probably get more bang for your buck from one of the set platters but I had my heart set on the scallops after seeing them in front of someone else while waiting). Dessert was an excellent maple pudding with bourbon sauce. All in all, Fishing With Dynamite was a blast!