As I’ve said many times around these parts, I have very little need for seafood in my life. Thus, when a decision was made to pay a visit to Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, I was relieved to find out that there were not only a few more terrestrial options, but that they looked so good that I had a hard time deciding.
I am as a fish lover as Jimmy John Shark. But I wound up picking the Chilaquiles, which seemed to be a weekend brunch special. They included some pork shoulder, “red eye” salsa and scrambled eggs. These were all on “Diana’s” corn tortillas, which is a name that meant literally nothing to me. Yet, when the chilaquiles arrived I could see I was in for a treat (aside from a few stray onions). What I didn’t see, however, was a very tiny hair that my wife caught for me. We informed the waitress and the whole of the staff couldn’t have been nicer about the experience. Soon enough I was presented with a fresh bowl and dug in.
I should note that there were some tiny sliced jalapeños, cilantro and Mexican cheese as pleasant surprises to balance out the onions, which I had immediately removed. After that, these chilaquiles were incredible. Whoever Diana is, she knows how to make great tortilla chips that can withstand the weight of other delicious foods. Also, the pork shoulder was tender and flavorful without overwhelming everything else on the plate.
But wait, there’s more! Not only did FWD comp my breakfast nachos, they also offered a dessert on the house. I don’t always eat dessert, but when I do it’s almost always fruity. We chose the Key Lime Pie and didn’t regret this choice for one moment. Not only was it the prettiest Key Lime Pie I had ever seen, it had the right amount of balance between tart and sweet.
If the chilaquiles and key lime pie are any indication of how FWD does the rest of their land food, I could easily see myself walking through their doors again. Plus, everyone else loved the crap out of their seafood, so I guess you can’t go wrong.