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Jan 5, 2009 05:45 PM

Best Mussels in San Diego

A couple of my friends and I are on a mission to find the best steamed mussels in San Diego. I've gone to a number of places and was underwhelmed by their mussels. With that, there are two places that stick out as having excellent mussels; The 3rd Corner (Ocean Beach) and South Beach (Ocean Beach). I know, what are the odds they are both in the same neighborhood. Anyway, does anyone out there have recommendations on where they've had great mussels?

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  1. I've had delicious mussels at Urban Solace, Whisknladle, and Ritual Tavern. Also at Stone Brewing. In general, I find that if the mussels came from Aquafarm, they should be delicious. Small, tender, tasty.

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    1. re: leanneabe

      I'm all for local sustainable food stuffs, but I have yet to have a memorable mussel from the Carlsbad Aquafarms. I've had them at a number of local restaurants (WnL, Sea Rocket, etc) and the pea sized meat is easily and often overcooked, and lacks the overall savory component of the PEI or Greenlip when prepared correctly.

      1. re: stevuchan

        i had the same experience with the aquafarms mussels just a few weeks ago at ritual. i have never seen such diminutive meat come out of a mussel before. literally the size of my thumbnail. a friend of mine had the exact same experience a week later... different restauarant, but same aquafarms mussels. he says that it's not particularly normal to cultivate mussels in a warm water lagoon, and that they prefer and proliferate in colder waters.

    2. The better half has luscious mussels.Try them with the Sancere.
      Also Cafe Chloe.

      1. Second for Cafe Chloe. Also Starlite (if they're on the ever-changing menu) and Blue Water.

        1. Blue Boheme has a great selection of mussels. They will make it as an entree or starter.

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          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

            Anything with Sancere is good. ;-)

            Cafe Chole has good mussels but the best I've found is the mussel appetizer at Indigo Grill -- which is steamed with a chipolte cream sauce and finished on the grill so the mussels have a bit of carmelized char around their plump tender bodies. Amazing stuff. I've made dinner out of this and a salad.

            Mussels are incredibly easy to cook at home -- try making them yourself and tailoring the recipe to suit your tastes.

              1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                Love the mussels at Blue Boheme. From what I recall, they're infused with saffron.

              2. My Favorite mussels are also from D Scott but not at Indigo Grill. I prefer Kemo Sabe as they give you a mix of PEI and NZ. I happen to prefer the latter and, on request, they will give me all NZ. Plus, it is a generous portion. I usually go in hoping to have an entree but the mussels are very filling and leave me needing nothing more.