Going to be visiting my best friend in SD next month and was looking for a place with amazing scallops. I've heard much about the wonderful places in the Gaslamp area but soooo many when viewing online. Any suggestions?
A fantastic carrot cake or bread pudding would rock too:)
Thanks in advance!
I've always been happy with the way McCormick and Schmick's prepares my scallops (they are located in the Omni Hotel). I order the Seafood Pasta (garlic cream sauce) and have them add 1 or 2 dry pack scallops on top. Divine!
House of Blues has the best Bread Pudding that we've tried in the Gaslamp (and we've tried it just about everyplace) but their food is hit or miss. King's Fish House (in Mission Valley) also has a great bread pudding.
A few suggestions for the Gaslamp area -
Red Pearl Kitchen
Oceanaire (dining room is v. pricey, but they have a great oyster bar)
Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel
JSix in the Solamar Hotel
For carrot cake - just up Broadway at the foot of Golden Hill is a little coffee house called Influx that makes an incredible carrot cake cupcake as well as nice salads and sandwiches - and free wifi!
If you're not stuck with the Gaslamp area (many are b/c its near the convention center) there are also good restaurants in the North Park/Hillcrest/South Park area, and in La Jolla - and lots of good ethnic choices in City Heights, Clairemont and Logan Heights.
If you must dine in the Gaslamp, then try "Oceanaire Seafood Room", which has the best seafood downtown. Another good selection in that area is "Chive". Otherwise, venture into other SD communities. A fun restaurant with great food (deserts included) and wonderful scenery is "C-Level" by the airport. Enjoy!