This is a good town for fish lovers. We are blessed with many fish specialists, in a wide price range.
This popular San Fernando Valley eatery is known for its affordable prices and kid-friendly atmosphere. (It's also kosher.) Choose from a variety of fish, either grilled or deep fried. We like the satisfying grilled red snapper sandwich, slathered with tartar sauce. Like most of the entrees, it comes with a choice of two sides. Note: The restaurant closes for the Sabbath.
* Grilled fish sandwich, $8.95; 13628 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 788-9896.
La Serenata de Garibaldi
Arguably Los Angeles' most celebrated Mexican eatery, this Boyle Heights institution does wonderful things with fish. We can't resist the mojo de ajo sauce, a fragrant garlic recipe that'll have garlic seeping out of your pores for days. Have it over halibut, sea bass or mahi-mahi. And to drink? Fresh cantaloupe juice.
* Fish with mojo de ajo, $16.95; 1842 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights; (323) 265-2887.
Seafood with an Italian flair is the specialty of the house. Think whole branzino roasted in rock salt, for example, and brodetto, a lusty cioppino-like meal in a bowl. On Sunday mornings, to go along with the massive buffet brunch, there's live jazz broadcast by the Wave radio station.
* Branzino, $24.95/pound; brodetto, $27.95; 1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 451-4595.
Delmonico's Seafood Grille
This brasserie-style spot on the edge of Beverly Hills is done up in lots of mahogany and brass and features a beautiful bar. Industry types favor the private booths and the zuppa alla pescatore, a big bowl of lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops (the list goes on) in a tomato saffron broth.
* Zuppa alla pescatore, $21; 9320 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; (310) 550-7737.
McCormick & Schmick's
Situated in the heart of downtown L.A., M & S features a patio, an expansive bar area and one of the most popular happy hours. The main lure: $1.95 burgers and a slew of singles. On the regular menu, we're partial to the cedar plank roasted salmon. On Aug. 12, in honor of its 13th birthday, the restaurant is serving 1 1/2 -pound lobsters for $13.95. But come early; last year was sold out.
* Cedar plank roasted salmon, $26.95; 633 W. 5th St., downtown L.A.; (213) 629-1929.