In the decades since Captain Kidd’s opened its doors on the edge of the Pacific, it has stood as a seafood joint where food and family are intertwined. Behind the fish market counter of the day’s fresh selection – from sea bass and swordfish, salmon and yellowtail, catfish and artic cod, and more – several blue-sky photos hang on a wall as if it were a home’s hallway. There are shots of smiling faces alongside the glimmer of a big catch, others of tanned eaters in smile-inducing fashions, and still more of the Redondo Beach Pier from long ago. Since the market’s selection creates a maze in front of these photos, take a glimpse before heading onto the patio to eat. Even if the faces are unfamiliar, the sentiment is immediate: when surrounded by loved ones, good food is all the more comforting.
Slide into newly lacquered benches during a Saturday afternoon, and drink a few gulps of beer before the food is served. While fish sandwiches can be made with sides of salads, don’t be bashful. Crowd the bench with your favorite personalities, and make the feast just as colorful. Pass the charbroiled swordfish after a share, dip a French fry into a bowl of paella, scoop up a couple of Canadian scallops, slurp down some oysters, and bite into a Cajun-style catfish. Whatever combinations you choose, or if you simply stick to the popular heaps of snow crabs, make sure they keep you in your seat for the sunset. This place has been around for many meals, but that view never gets old.