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I finally got the chance to check this place out tonight. I got the shrimp sandwich with lemon garlic butter marinade + avocado (recommended by the girl at the register). Very fresh and tasty. The only problem was the size, which literally seemed like it was meant for kids. I was still hungry, so I ordered a cup of cioppino. Again it was fresh and tasty, although calling it cioppino is stretching it; it was lacking the pepper and the melding of flavors achieved through slow cooking. But it was still good.

One thing I really like about this place is that they have 5 Ballast Point beers on tap. Very nice. They claim the plastic cup they serve it in is a pint, but it didn't seem like a pint to me(can someone who has been verify or refute this?).

This place reminds me of the restaurants I grew with in Santa Cruz. Very casual, very fresh. This is the first place I've found in SD that has this feel. It seems to have a few kinks, but I give it a thumbs up.

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  1. Those plastic cups seem more like 12oz than 16 to me. I don't believe they call them pints though, do they?

    Next time you go, try one of the blackboard specials. Those are made with fish from the case, and are worth the higher price. The blackboard price is for the plate, and the sandwich versions usually are about half the plate price.

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    1. re: Josh

      They do call them pints. I didn't feel like mentioning it on my first visit, but maybe someone should.

      I'll try one of those blackboard specials next time. Either way, I thought the food was good.

      1. re: mangiatore

        The cups I think do hold 16oz...I bought the same ones at smart & final once.

        A couple weeks ago I bought the most amazing scallops there (that I cooked at home.) Two of them were over half a pound and when I seared them not a drop of water came out. They were amazing as most of the fish I have bought there has been.

        You can also ask for an extra helping of fish if you think the portion sizes are too small. I always get the salads and I can only get half.

        Glad to hear that you had a mainly positive experience somewhere I was starting to worry.

        1. re: jturtle

          Thanks jturtle. FYI, here's a list of some of my favorites:

          Tapenade - excellent all around
          Manzanilla (alta cocina in Ensenada) - excellent all around
          Wine Sellar - excellent all around
          Sushi Ota - excellent (if you sit at the sushi bar)
          Morton's - I'm not a steak expert, but the Porterhouse was one of the best things I've tasted in SD.
          Ono sushi - best rolls I've had in SD, especially if you sit with James (head chef)
          Park House Eatery - excellent breakfast (dinner is overpriced and differs little from the breakfast)
          Amarin Thai
          Golden Dragon - good for the price
          Spices Thai - good lunch specials for the price
          Izakaya Sakura
          South Beach - for fish/lobster tacos and vodka oyster shooters
          Taco Surf - carned asada chips, fish tacos
          La Playita (PB) - Shrimp burrito (best in town)
          Pizza Port

    2. good beer served in plastic? Not acceptable!