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Malibu Kitchen and Gourmet
Itís surprising that Malibu Kitchen doesnít have its own web site, as itís a true area icon. That said, the store does have a Facebook page, as well as a presence on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and many other rating services. The place has a mixed reputation for a number of reasons, but itís been in business for many years due to food quality, ambience, and location. Word of mouth may be all this casual eatery needs to survive, as Malibu Kitchen has rabid fans that praise it to the skies as well as detractors. Youíll have to visit yourself to determine your team.
Malibu Kitchen is located across Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The postal address is 3900 Cross Creek Road, #3, but the shopping area is spread out over a rabbit warren of buildings and parking spaces, and you may need to walk a bit to find the site. Once there, donít be surprised by the crowds Ė Malibu Kitchen has been around for many years, and it does a thriving business.
Donít expect attentive table service Ė this is a very casual eatery, and you will wait in line to order at the counter. Over forty different sandwiches grace the menu, made on your choice of nine different kinds of bread. Trying to reduce carbs? Order one of ten different salads, from paleo-friendly to vegan. Too early for lunch? Malibu Kitchen offers an extensive breakfast menu, from eggs to pancakes to oatmeal. Not terribly hungry or in the mood for a sweet? Order a coffee and a bakery item, from muffins to cakes to pastries. The food varies from reliably good to great, depending on the day; I personally have never left without being happy with my order (and I have been a customer here for over three decades.)
Prices tend to be high here; sandwiches are just shy of ten dollars. Salads are a bit higher, in the twelve to fifteen dollar range, with drinks another three clams. Portions are large, however, so itís possible to split a sandwich between two people to keep costs down.
Service at Malibu Kitchen is legendary for being brisk, efficient, and New York style, which some people interpret to mean curt, rude, and off-putting. Note the crowds, which donít seem to stop, and youíll better understand why there isnít a lot of time for the niceties. Itís all part of the Malibu Kitchen experience, and youíll have to decide if youíd prefer to go elsewhere because of this. If you do, however, youíll miss out on some truly epic food.
Youíll need to snag your own table, and this can be an issue during peak hours, when youíll find people literally picnicking on nearby stairs. While you can order your food to go and then wander through the rest of Malibu Country Mart to find more tables, this can get annoying. Hereís a much better idea: take your order across the street to Malibu Lagoon State Park, where youíll find picnic tables or soft sand, as well as a beautiful view!
Malibu Kitchen is one of those legendary places, well-known for both the good and the bad. Try it once, and then decide if youíll return. If nothing else, you will have eaten at a true Malibu icon, beloved for decades.
Malibu Kitchen and Gourmet, 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. (310) 456-7845
Disclaimer: I am not associated with Malibu Kitchen. I have paid for my meals there with my own funds.
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