Neptune’s Net (42505 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310/457-3095, www.neptunesnet.com, Mon.–Thurs. 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m., $10–20) in Malibu catches all kinds of seafood to serve to hungry diners. Locals call it The Net and usually order the fish and chips. Situated on the Malibu coastline adjacent to the County Line surf break, you’ll often find sandy and salt-encrusted local surfers satisfying their enormous appetites after hours out on the waves.
Even Midwestern visitors who are put off by the endless raw and rare fish eaten in California will feel comfortable dining in this casual palace of fried seafood. The large menu includes a seemingly endless variety of combinations, à la carte options, and side dishes.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition