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With the rise of the Mexican cuisine craze, “Taco Tuesday” has become a college student’s weekly tradition. Yet, for those of us who are sick of the Caf food, we have the perfect selection of local Taco Tuesday hot spots. Here is the good and the bad, the “bien y mal,” of our favorite Taco Tuesday locations.
Bien: Location, location, location. When you think of Malibu, you should think of beautiful beaches, crashing waves and sand in your toes, and that is exactly what Paradise Cove Beach Cafe provides. It is the epitome of that classic Malibu experience. Diners can sit, relax and enjoy food right on the sand of the gorgeous Paradise Cove Beach. The cafe offers a range of tacos, including BBQ Kobe beef tacos, ocean shrimp tacos and their renowned ultimate lobster tacos. After savoring their “world famous tacos,” it’s the perfect place to enjoy a long walk along their private beach. In addition, the restaurant offers free parking for up to four hours, the perfect amount of time to enjoy a relaxing meal and a stroll along the oceanside.
Mal: Although the cafe has incomparable views, the restaurant can be remarked as a little bit “cheesy.” The location is magnificent, yet the atmosphere is geared more toward a family setting. So for those looking for the perfect romantic first date spot, Paradise Cove Beach Cafe might not be the place. However, for families we definitely suggest visiting the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. The restaurant is a classic and fun beach spot that will be enjoyed by family members of all ages.
Bien: Reel Inn is one of a few Malibu restaurants that adheres and honors the weekly Taco Tuesday tradition. The restaurant celebrates by offering a Taco Tuesday special. At Reel Inn, you can score classic fish tacos for $4.50. Additionally, sides are just $2 each on Tuesdays. No shoes, no shirt, no problem; the restaurant is a casual and fun dining location that serves fresh seafood with very large portions.
Mal: With all good things come some bad. At Reel Inn, a primary complaint is the parking. There is a valet which offers a limited amount of parking, but we suggest parking along Pacific Coast Highway, if you can find a spot.
Bien: Moving from causal to upscale, Nobu is an elegant restaurant on the side of Pacific Coast Highway, that offers indoor and outdoor seating. At the front of the restaurant, diners are immediately greeted by a valet service worthy of a celebrity. Speaking of celebrities, while there, you may dine next to several famous people, including Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians. Although most famous for its sushi, Nobu serves delectable ribeye, shrimp, vegetable and wagyu tacos.
Mal: However, with great expectations comes even greater prices. The biggest complaint about the restaurant is the high prices and the small portions. Nobu is an experience that you definitely pay for. But, we suggest Nobu if you are looking for a classy restaurant to indulge in Taco Tuesday.
The widespread Taco Tuesday phenomenon is one that we definitely love to celebrate, and with seafood all around Malibu, we can definitely find the best fish tacos nearby. So, the next time you want to celebrate the tradition, we suggest checking out any of these amazing places!
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