Driving up the PCH is a classic summer move (and by summer, we mean all year because global warming and stuff). Here are the some good cheap eats to hit up on your way.
  1. Neptune's Net
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    The classic. Prime people watching and a fantastic cup of clam chowder. An awesome 1950's vibe with a lot of 1970's bikers.
  2. Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market
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    Quick, easy, and blissfully overlooked by tourists. Not to mention it's run by actual fishermen and fisherwomen, so it promises you the freshest meal.
  3. Reel Inn
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    A short drive from downtown Santa Monica, the Cajun-style here is not to be missed.
  4. Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
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    Yes, it's a mess. And the food is mediocre. But you come here for the party and to eat with your feet literally in the sand. Just avoid it on the weekends.
  5. Duke's Barefoot Bar
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    Duke's has been a staple of Malibu's fine dining scene, but the attached bar is all about fun in the sun. With a separate menu and damn good drink specials, this outdoor deck is not to be missed.
  6. Cholada
    This Thai place uses seven adjectives to describe one of the dishes—"funky, down-home, dry, thai red curry."
    Suggested by @therichdale