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In glitzy Malibu, you've got to pay to enjoy the beach. This is certainly true at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, a seafood restaurant that sits in the sand along a particularly panoramic stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. You'll pay above-market price for grilled slabs of fresh ahi tuna, and even more for the outlandish Iced Seafood Tower, a looming plate of whole Maine lobster, crabs, jumbo shrimp, salmon, scallops, prawns and more. But that comes with owner Bob Morris' territory. His family has owned most of the cove for more than a half-century, and the $25 parking fees are discounted to just $3 if you spend $20 at the Cafe. So why not pony up for the right to enjoy this slice of secluded sand? When the sun goes down and you've got a platter of seafood in front of you and a rum cocktail in your hand, you start to realize that this particular show has been worth the price of admission.
Billy Bragg once wrote, "The Beach is Free." It's a lovely song, which points out nicely that no matter how much crap and congestion we city dwellers have to put up with, we can always go to the beach. Someone should put the song on a mixtape and send it to Bob Morris, who owns the Paradise Cove Beach Café, along with Gladstone's 4 Fish. See, Morris presents you with a dilemma if you want to spend an afternoon at Paradise Cove. There's no street parking, so your only option is the... More »
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