MALIBU CAFÉ COUNTRY KITCHEN AND BAR
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu themalibucafe.com From the coast, it’s a 15-minute drive through picturesque Ramirez Canyon to Malibu Café Country Kitchen and Bar at Calamigos Ranch, one of the most photogenic settings in Los Angeles County. At its country-style markets, vintage chandeliers hang over picnic tables and each stall has a chalkboard menu displaying the type of food in which it specialises. One serves gourmet burgers, while another might do smoked baby back ribs or Tennessee-style fried chicken (worth every calorie). The food here is dubbed “nouveau barbecue” and other dishes include rib eye skewers, blue crab hushpuppies (cornmeal fritters) and shrimp and grits. There’s also a spinach and beetroot salad with whipped ricotta and a delicious country salad with rocket, red onion, goat’s milk fetta and a Meyer lemon dressing. The meals come in picnic baskets complete with a red-and-white checked cloth to spread over your table. With an oversize chessboard, giant Jenga and a beanbag toss, it’s a great
spot for families. While the kids play, the adults can sip a Negroni, a glass of Taittinger or a beer. This is how Malibu does country living.