We checked into our hotel last week and went exploring for something to eat for lunch. We came across the Blue Oysterette, a charming little crab shack right on Ocean Avenue. It is small and cozy with a studied casual air and a great front of the house, not to mention it's just across from Palisades Park and the Pacific. Owner Jenny Morton, who also owns Blue Plate on Montana Avenue, went for a neighborhood kind of place rather than something glitzy. The menu is smart too. Pretty much everything that people love about East Coast seafood; oysters, clams, mussels, lobster rolls, fish 'n' chips, steamers is listed on the one-page menu. The selection of fresh oyster and some of the menu is listed on a chalk board outside the restaurant and above the counter in front of the kitchen. It is right next door to BOA, a great steak place on Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
We were in Santa Monica last week, visiting the Getty museums and had an opportunity to sample more of the wealth of nearby restaurants. Roku’s first location in Hollywood opened in 1997, and remains the backbone for the group, which includes locations in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. Investors include Ryan Seacrest and Tori Spelling and the crowd was definitely upscale. The Santa Monica location faces directly on Ocean Avenue, so there is a nice view of the park and plenty of tourists. The prices are a little expensive, even for Santa Monica, but I would blame part of that on the great location.
Ocean Avenue is the westernmost street in Santa Monica, and for most of its course it runs parallel to Palisades Park, whose bluffs overlook Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica State Beach. Palisades Park is a little gem of a park, long and thin with breathtaking ocean views.
I watched a couple of sunsets when we were in Santa Monica and took a bunch of pictures. I thought I would share the pictures here. I have been trying out the digital filters on my Lumix G5. I got the rich blue sky with a polarizing filter, I pushed the blue a little far but it is an interesting photo, I particularly like the black forms along the waters edge.
The Lobster is set beside the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. It had its beginnings in 1923 as the Lobster Shack, a tiny place just 900 square feet. The glory days were the '50s and '60s, after Mateo Castillo, a former dishwasher, became the owner. Shuttered in 1985, the shack sat empty until a group of a dozen investors, including the Roberts family behind Topanga Fish Market and Reel Inn, put together a partnership to secure the site and build a bigger, brasher seafood restaurant. The new Lobster was built on two levels cantilevered out to take in a 180-degree view of sea and sand.