4 Out of 5: April MacIntyre on Los Angeles

April MacIntyre is managing editor for Monsters and Critics and social media slinger for Gleam by Melanie Mills and other corporate clients. She is also a post "Spoken Interludes" features guest and a regular BlogTalkRadio and NPR commentator. This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.


Malibu Farmer’s Market – "Sunday mornings in Malibu means you will see Suzanne Somers sans makeup, Dick Van Dyke toting a baguette, Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis toting his kid while his wife stops at Homegirl Industry chop salad stand (highly recommended), and Tori and Dean and their family en masse sitting and noshing on some organic fare. Guaranteed. If you have out-of-towners who need to see celebs up close and personal, skip Hollywood and head here.Plus great local produce, meats, fish, breads, grass-fed cow butter and cheeses. You can also fill up on the free samples, as most people in Malibu are a size 0 and rarely eat in public."

Taverna Tony Greek Eats – "Beyond the pale for flaming cheese (saganaki), super-sized salads with freakishly large shrimp, amazing calamari, spanakopita, Tsantalis Ayoritiko wine, their crazy complimentary house dip Tavernacado — an orgasmic mouth experience of fish roe, garlic, avocado, and olive oil — plus lobster fettuccine, lamb and vegetarian dishes, and a terrific bar. This is the place I always take out-of-towners for a fireside meal near the beach. Relaxed, casual, and a ton of food for the money, it surpasses trendy, cold, and expensive joints in LA. And I always see Tony, who remembers my face and puts on a good show welcoming me once again to his family-run restaurant. Another haven for celebs, and TMZ is usually camped nearby at the MAC store laying in wait."

Malibu Seafood – "Want to see Babs Streisand in her jammie pants and UGGs? Best bargain in Malibu for the money, a million-dollar view on the PCH, especially in the enclosed upper-decked outdoor eating patio. A menu that has the freshest seafood prepared old school fried to steamed and broiled. Amazing not too thick clam chowder (I’m a New Englander, so that’s saying something), coleslaw, ahi tuna, Dungeness crab (seasonal), lobster, fish, and a ton of creative sides. No booze, but you can BYOB. You can feed two people easily under $40 for lunch and have a glorious unhurried languorous view of the Pacific like I did this past weekend, watching pods of pilot whales swimming parallel to the shore."

Plate – "A newcomer to the Malibu PCH restaurant scene, I adore the organic smoked Norwegian salmon breakfast entree and the egg dishes. This is a preferred breakfast spot and has an eclectic vibe and healthy menu. The Mediterranean ahi tuna wrap and bison steak were amazing, and roasted pear salad was a simple mix of baby spinach, blue cheese, pear tomatoes, and caramelized walnuts, with a walnut vinaigrette. Also loaded with famous types."


Coogies Beach Cafe – "An overpriced diner so hit-and-miss it makes my head spin. I always see Brooke Charvet and her family when I go — not a selling point, just an observation."

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