Drove up from Burbank to do the tourist thing. Show my daughter more of the Pacific coast than just Manhattan Beach.
So the obvious choice is lunch on one of the wharfs and we chose this as the best option for a tourist experience and good food (see below). Being from a seafood country, we know and recognize our seafood cooking techniques and my daughters review was that her seafood salad was excellent. My grilled swordfish was tasty and and the accompanying mixed vegetable cooked perfectly.
As you can gather from my recent reviews, both of us are on gluten-free diets, and one of us is allergic to shellfish so that drops a lot from our list of restaurant options. So we go upmarket and ask for a gluten-free menu. In this case, we had many options (as is common in California) and this made us feel welcome. My daughters view of this, is that this becomes a primary test of a good restaurant: the server staff should know the ingredients as well as the cooks and they should know the suggested alternatives. The waitress here fit that bill and the food was excellent.
As an off the record comment, dietary restrictions often preclude trendy/cliche restaurants with set menues. But a really good restaurant can often rise to the task and provide tasty off the cuff creations. I often call ahead for dinners, but vacation time is often less planned, so the Harbor gets a thumbs up from this group.
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