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Angler's Not My Choice

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As a girl with little money and parents who love to dine out, I often find myself eating with them on a Friday night. And I often have to twist arms to get to go to place I want (cough cough: Paco’s Tacos or Hide Sushi). Well, last Friday I was unable to twist the arm that feeds me. My step dad headed out towards Marina Del Rey hoping to take us to CPK or Souplantation (God forbid) or Nichols. I wasn’t in the mood for any of these establishments and begged to be taken to a waterfront-dining establishment. Being a good step dad, he obliged. The choices down at Fisherman’s Village—the waterfront “restaurant row” of Marina Del Rey—are sparse; there’s Shanghai Red’s, El Torrito, some Italian place, and Angler’s Choice, a seafood restaurant. Being a seafood lover and being a person of logic (a seafood restaurant by the sea should have great, fresh seafood), my mom and I voted “Angler’s Choice! Angler’s Choice!” And, unfortunately so it was.

We walked through the doors to find the restaurant dead empty-- mind you this is a Friday at 7:00 pm, great restaurants are usually jumping at this time. There were two waiters who were very nice and ecstatic to see us. We were their “second customers of the night!” I should’ve known when they said this that something was terribly amiss, but I was in the mood for seafood and tried to remain optimistic. They eagerly got out menus and escorted us to a table. We felt a bit uneasy given the restaurant’s ghost-like atmosphere, but we felt bad for the waiters and decided to stay.

The restaurant has that dingy old fish house feel and drop dead gorgeous views of the Marina. It is the view that is the main attraction of the place, and decidedly what we paid big bucks for. Unfortunately though, not even the gorgeous view could make up for the overall dining experience.

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The menu is indeed full of seafood, but not quite all the choices I was hoping for. I hoped for perhaps crab cakes, clam or (gasp) lobster rolls, or possibly a seafood salad. What I was offered was fried shrimp and calamari, shrimp cocktail, chowder, fish and chips, and charbroiled fish. Okay these choices are not shabby, but they weren’t as vast as I thought a seafood place should offer; just think of all the great choices offered at Neptune’s Net or Gladstone’s and you’ll agree Angler’s choices are lacking. And what’s more, everything was seriously expensive (entrees $25, appetizers $12.95). For these prices we could’ve had a sushi feast or eaten at some place fancy-schmancy in Beverly Hills.