Billy Bragg once wrote, “The Beach is Free.” It’s a lovely song, which points out nicely that no matter how much crap and congestion we city dwellers have to put up with, we can always go to the beach. Someone should put the song on a mixtape and send it to Bob Morris, who owns the Paradise Cove Beach Café, along with Gladstone’s 4 Fish. See, Morris presents you with a dilemma if you want to spend an afternoon at Paradise Cove. There’s no street parking, so your only option is the paid lot, which is $25 — or $3 if you spend $20 at the restaurant. So, do you want to give Mr. Morris $25 for the privilege of parking sand-adjacent, or spend $23 and get some food to go? Whichever you choose, grab at least a year’s worth of the café’s insanely high-quality napkins. They’re practically like tablecloths, and pretty, too. I stocked up in July and am good till at least Thanksgiving. Thanks, Bob!
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, (310) 457-2503.