Friday, December 12, 2008

The Reel Inn

Literally across the street from the ocean, on Pacific Coast Highway, the Reel Inn is a relaxed fish taco joint that was warmly recommended to me by Heidi, who is a gourmet in addition to being a fab photographer. A few days ago, I had lunch there with my very dear friend Lucy, who flew in from Chicago to spend a couple of days in Los Angeles with me. We immediately took to this bright little place, with its oh so Californian surfboards hanging from the corrugated metal ceiling - as well as a cute bike. Not into tacos? You can order a slab of their super fresh fish, or other kinds of dishes listed on the blackboard.

Oh, and since we are on the topic of foodie LA, I need to mention Caffe Luxxe, on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, where I went with lovely Joanna, and froze with amazement and glee at the sight of what could only be alfajores - the typical dulce de leche filled baked treats that we have in my grandparents' Uruguay. They're home made and delicious.

31 comments:

heidi said...

thank you!!!!! xoh

Dave King said...

Good pic - as befits a good foodie!

Anonymous said...

i just gained two kilos reading your post...:)
nancy

A World in a PAN said...

When I come to visit, i'll go for the fish at The Reel Inn!

MISS GLITZY said...

I'd like to taste those alfajores, they look delicious.

Mary-Laure said...

NANCY - granted, alfajores are calorie-heavy but fish tacos are really not: they pile up plenty of salad and diced tomatoes onto the tortillas, as the fish is very simply cooked - now of course if you get a side order of fries that's another story...

WORLD IN A PAN - I can't wait for you to be here.

limonana said...

mmmm...this place sounds sooo good. & looks great too :o)

Anonymous said...

Back away from the alfajores! I repeat, slowly put your hands in the air and BACK AWAY FROM THE ALFAJORES! You know you can't have just one (as demonstrated with the Amaretti), so all this is gonna end badly in the dentist's chair...

l'air du temps said...

i like very much the color in the photos mixed with a feeling of long ago...

seafood, i love! for the most part it doesn't even matter what kind...

nadia said...

you are having a wonderful time!!!

Mary-Laure said...

ANONYMOUS - yes, once you eat one...

L'AIR DU TEMPS - and the seafood is so fresh here! You'd love it.

corine said...

New favorite restaurant in Topanga Canyon is the Canyon Bistro. They opened a year ago.. Okay disclaimer: my friend is the owner.

corine said...

Oh, and for the French in you, go to Café Mimosa in Topanga Canyon. I might be there. Also my best friend Claire is the owner.

Annie said...

Sounds like a great place, the pictures are fab...

Mary-Laure said...

CORINE - thanks for the tips. I'll look up the exact addresses and may go there next time I have a friend over. All the more fun if the owners are friends of yours!
It's so cool that other bloggers, who have lived or are living in LA, are giving me recommendations of places to go.

Hila said...

mmm, you're making me hungry Mary-Laure :)

gracia said...

Baked treats to make my tummy rumble at mere suggestion... off to the kitchen I go. Let's see what I can rustle up.

Mary-Laure said...

GRACIA - oh how wonderful to bake, I love that. And the smell of freshly baked goods, yum.
I don't have an oven here so I can't bake at all :(

artycho said...

The reel Inn looks great! I love your shots! Funny to see from cold snowy England! How is the weather in LA?

pve design said...

oh that heidi, she sure knows how to pick great spots for good food and lively banter as well as keeping the fish coming back for more bait ( ie photos) tee hee!

Esti said...

suena delicioso... :)

miss cavendish said...

I've tagged you for some narrative fun, if you're interested . . . check out my Dec 14 post.

Mary-Laure said...

ARTYCHO - my mum was in London last week and told me it was the coldest winter on record since 1976, brrrrr... Here in Los Angeles, the weather is typically beautifully, around 20 degrees Celsius, and sunny. Though today I hear it's going to rain - all those beautiful flowers around my place need it!!

PVE - your comment made me laugh. Yes, we are hooked.

MISS CAVENDISH - cool, I like tags!

Solange said...

I just love dulce de leche...! it-s irresistable...

love how you describe the cafe's, the food, everything in detail. It makes me feel like I am there.
Did I tell you I will go to new york in 4 weeks, I am already thinking of a nice brunch or lunch place :-)

have a great day,
Solange

Laura said...

I love the red slanted lamp. I promise I'll go and visit the next time I am in town.

Mary-Laure said...

SOLANGE - how do you know dulce de leche? It's so typically Argentine and Uruguayan, usually no one ever heard of it outside those countries...
It's super exciting that you're going to NYC; I hear cupcakes are all the rage there right now, so make sure to indulge.
And report to us on your trip via your blog please!

LAURA - let me know next time you're in town, maybe we can meet over a taco at the Reel Inn?

Joanna said...

Thanks for the shout out. :-)

Anonymous said...

dave king is right these are indeed great pictures

Candace said...

Ahhh... so now I know that you enjoy fish, which is great to know.

A friend in our scuba diving club frequents Paradise Cove and often pays homage to Marilyn with fresh caught fish and lobster.

Yum!

Candace said...

You have no idea how much it bothers me that you do not have a full kitchen at your fingertips.

::sigh::

High Desert Diva said...

There are so many wonderful restaurants along PCH...must put this on my list for the next time I'm in LA...