The 10th Street Café in Santa Monica, Calif., is owned by Michael Cigliano, proprietor of Santa Monica Seafood, which has become an institution for seafood lovers throughout the city. This informal café is a favorite for local foodies who are looking for fresh, tasty seafood — they know the food will be great here, as Santa Monica Seafood supplies most of the fine dining restaurants in the area.
As far as the ambience goes, casual is the word. But if you’re more concerned about the freshness of your fish and chips than what’s on the walls, this is the place to stop by for lunch when you’re in Santa Monica — it’s open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. only.
About the chef
One might say Michael Cigliano took to his career like a fish to water. Born into one of Southern California’s most reputable seafood families, he went on to become executive vice president of the family business. The Ciglianos trace their California roots to the 19th century, when their great-grandfather John arrived from Naples, Italy, and settled in San Pedro as a fisherman.
Cigliano has spearheaded his company's efforts in sustainability and resource management. He has served on the board of the California Fisheries and Seafood Institute for the past 16 years and sits on the steering committee for the Sustainable Seafood Forum at the Aquarium of the Pacific. He's also appeared on Food Network, Fine Living, ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as “Visiting with Huell Houser” on PBS.
10th Street Café
1000 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
- 3 tablespoons dry Pinot Grigio
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice and zest
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, fresh
- Four halibut steaks, (6 ounces each)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Whisk together the wine, orange juice and zest, olive oil, and rosemary in a small, shallow baking dish. Add the halibut and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour, turning once. Preheat grill. Remove fish from marinade and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.
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