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Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
While paella may be a Spanish specialty, the team at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu, Calif., has brought the classic plate to the beach and swapped in pork ribs, chicken and andouille sausage for the traditional chorizo. "That smokiness is so good with that beautiful flavor of the ocean," Curtis told the chef, who'd scooped him a plate of paella straight from the oversize vat.
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Forget about the turf; at Sunset Pier in Key West, Fla., it's all about a duo of seafood in the restaurant's Surf and Surf dish, which features pan-fried crab cakes and a lobster tail, straight from the waters of Florida. "It's got big chunks of crab in it, which is exactly what you're looking for," notes Curtis after sampling the crab cake. And as for the lobster, the verdict is in: "Yum," Curtis says.
Bill's By the Beach
Shrimp and grits are surely a Southern favorite, and in Gulf Shores, Ala., Bill's By the Beach puts an all-new twist on it by adding what the executive chef there calls "red-eye gravy," made with chopped ham and a pour of coffee. Curtis wastes no time in going in for a taste, explaining: "It's really creamy, really delicious. And then the freshness of that shrimp punches through with this intense spice around it."
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