Fabulous dinner in San Diego--report
Thanks to everyone who advised me about where to take my mother for her birthday dinner--we did indeed go to the Marine Room, where we had a very early reservation and thus arrived in time to sip martinis in the bar and watch the sunset and the sky after the sunset--I had told them it was a birthday, and they were incredibly nice, gave us a lovely window table, wished my mother happy birthday, sent out a lemon tart with a burning candle...
The view was wonderful, beach and sky and sunset and then the illuminated sand and the waves and the flocks of little birds after dark--and the food was terrific. We had the zaatar coated prawns and the seasonal mushrooms (the mushrooms were unbelievable, and dense, and woodsy, and complicated), she had veal tenderloin with a muscat reduction and a corn cake, and she said it was excellent, and I had rack of lamb (mustard/pistachio coating and a really remarkable bread pudding which according to the menu was leek, white sage, goat cheese) and the whole thing was as special-occasion as it could be--elaborate food with wonderful flavors, and a nice unhurried pace, and the birds on the beach--I'm really grateful for the recommendation. And later on, I showed my mother the original post on Chowhound, and all the contributions, and she would like to express her thanks as well!