I had been hearing about Simmzy's for some time on the weekly Beer Blast, where their excellent selection and beer pairing dinners had been touted. Sometimes it takes a while to make the short trip down to the South Bay, but we decided this was the weekend to do it. After getting some air in the tires and filling up our camelpak, we set out on our ride. Cutting through the side streets and back alleys of Santa Monica and Venice wasn't too tough and was actually a pretty enjoyable ride. Once you get to the Marina, you can pick up the bike trail, which leads you all the way there. It's actually amazing simple and I imagine even the directionless among you couldn't mess this one up. I did pretty well on the ride there, I was in decent enough shape to not get tired, but man my butt sure was sore after an hour or so of sitting on a hard seat.
When we got to Simmzy's it was jam packed, standing room only. What's more, there was a line of people sitting outside with drinks that extended around the corner. We put our names on the chalkboard, I ordered a Cismontane Blacks Dawn Stout and sat down to prepare for a long wait. I knew by the map's location that it was close to the beach, but I actually had never seen pictures of the joint and so I wasn't sure what to expect. Despite being half inside half outside with mostly patio seating, the giant open deck on the place makes it feel like you're on some sort of patio bar as sunlight seeps in through every direction. This was a welcome feature as I wasn't looking forward to sitting in a dark bar after riding there in the sun. The place is pretty small, hence the wait, but they pack it full of people making for a pretty lively environment.
My second round was a Dugana and we accompanied that with a couple of burgers. The menu is fairly short, but focuses on quality over quality featuring mainly sandwiches and burgers with a few salads, tacos, and breakfast options. We of course went for the test drive on the burgers; after biking 12 miles to get there we weren't short on hunger. I appreciated their attention to local and organic sourcing, a tough aspiration for a bar located on the beach, but it's not lost on me.
We ordered a Simmzy's regular and added balsmaic roasted shitakes and fresno chili rings. Then we got there Bacon Bleu Deluxe which featured bleu cheese, candied bacon and frizzled shallots. As you can see here, both were incredible, although the bleu cheese was the clear winner. But definitely one of the better burgers I've had in a while, really great. We also got an order of fries, which were good although nothing to write home about.
Simmzy's is located at 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach
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