3/08/2013 01:16:00 PM

Now Open: Malibu Fish Grill Melrose, Shojin Culver City

The neighborhood already taking to Malibu Fish Grill
Here are a couple of appropriate Lenten Friday debuts. First, Malibu Fish Grill, a growing Orange County and South Bay fast-casual chain, has infiltrated Los Angeles. First opening at 8000 Sunset (same complex as Veggie Grill, Sundance Cinemas and Trader Joe's) last fall, another outpost opened on Melrose this week, in the same little strip-mall corner as California Chicken Cafe and DomaineLA wine shop. On the plus side: the chain is supposedly known for bringing in fresh seafood daily for fish 'n' chips, fried calamari, salads and grilled specialties. The negative: that parking lot and the area's general street parking is a nightmare already. With a bar serving beer and wine, the Sunset Strip location is the largest to date; this new Melrose spot is more of a guppy. Look for daily happy hours and Tasty Tuesdays, with tacos, skewers and other items for $2-$3 all day (6803 Melrose Ave.).

And for the vegan in you, Shojin, Downtown's popular organic and vegan spot, opens a second location in Culver City today. It takes over Claudia Kihui's Sazon Latin Fusion, which only closed last week, according to Grub Street. Look for the same vegan sushi, ramen and seitan steak dishes, plus some new rolls and dishes on the menu. Culver City opens at 5 PM tonight (12406 Washington Blvd.).

1 comment :

  1. The Malibu Grill on Melrose was a good deal. I had the Salmon Plate, with sides of coleslaw and grilled veggies. The fish and sides were very good and the price with tax included was $12. I live close by and will be a weekly regular, from what I have seen after 2 dinners. If I had to park a block away and walk, it would still be a good deal.