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Jan 29, 2010 09:05 AM

Looking for a real coast experience...

We are visiting the area in two weeks. stying in Carlsbad but willb travelling to Sea World. I need recommnedations for three suppers. i have three kids...I have gotten AWESOME advise on the LA board for our stay there I am hoping for like advice here.

I would love to go for some great seafood....does not need to be fancy...I will have my three kids, 6,8,10.
Just yum and true to the area. I guess that is the heart of the question what is this area known for? We will probably not do suschi the kids do not love it enough.
We will have a car and can drive, not to the ends of the earth mind you. But don't mind a bit of a jog.

thanks everyone

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  1. Hmmm... Sea World isn't too far from Pt. Loma Seafood, but it's mostly a lunch place (they close at 6:30) and you were probably planning on being inside Sea World mid-day.

    How 'bout Bull Taco for a coastal experience?

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    1. re: The Office Goat

      Park closes at 5 I think so Point Loma may still work I will check out the other too; thanks

      1. re: The Office Goat

        Strong 2nd for Point Loma Seafood. Great waterfront vibe.

        2805 Emerson St
        San Diego, CA 92106
        (619) 223-1109

        One of the best seafood meals on the West Coast can be enjoyed at:

        The Oceanaire Seafood Room
        400 J St
        (between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)
        San Diego, CA 92101
        (619) 858-2277

        More formal than Point Loma Seafood. Fresh market menu prepared daily. Virtually everything is wonderful. I especially enjoy their Crab Cakes, Sea Bass, Black Cod, and Scallops. Desserts are yummy too, especially the Baked Alaska (stunning visual presentation for the kids).

        Superb Mexican can be found at:

        Super Cocina
        3627 University Ave
        (between 36th St & Cherokee Ave
        )San Diego, CA 92104
        (619) 584-6244

        Mama Testa
        1417A University Ave
        San Diego, CA 92103
        (619) 298-8226

        Mariscos German Taco Truck
        3504 University Ave
        (between 35th St & Wilson Ave)
        San Diego, CA 92104
        (619) 392-2351

        I thoroughly enjoyed some marlin and some shrimp (gobernadores) tacos there last year.

        Bon Appetit!

      2. Seafood: Pt. Loma Seafood (Pt. Loma), Blue Water (Midtown), El Pescador (La Jolla), Pelly's Fish Market (Carlsbad)

        Bull Taco is a great suggestion

        Pizza Port Carlsbad if you're into craft beer (good for the kids too)

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        1. re: DougOLis

          Great I will check them out, my husband is deeoo into craft beer so the pizza place may be worth a snoop...but I will check everything out thanks!

          1. re: WaWa

            Well then good luck getting him _out_ of Pizza Port and their bottle shop. If you're staying in Carlsbad, you're sitting on a craft beer motherlode right there.

            1. re: The Office Goat


              Any other places he should hit? He loves that stuff; so we will certainly be bringinfg bottles home but if there are any other places you can recommend bring them on...thanks

              1. re: WaWa

                Here's some more info on the bottle shop (second page of the pdf)

                If you go to the San Diego Wild Animal Park from Carlsbad, you'll be going right by Holiday Wine Cellar (and very close to Stone Brewing and Lost Abbey, too) when you pass through Escondido on the 78. Holiday has one of the better beer selections in SD County. When you go in, it's not just the stuff you see in front, there is more in a back room.

                Edit: Here's a link for Holiday:

                1. re: WaWa

                  Pizza Port won Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Brew Festival this year and they produce their own great beers but also have a lot of good guest beers on tap.

                  If you're husband wants to take brewery tours then he should check out Stone, Lost Abbey, and Green Flash. All of which are near Carlsbad.

                  And like The Office Goat recommended, Holiday Wine Cellar has a great bottle shop. But that might be unnecessary in conjunction with the Pizza Port bottle shop.

                  1. re: DougOLis

                    this is sounding like a must how is the pizza?

                    1. re: WaWa

                      I really like it. If you're the type of person who argues that only pizza like that served in [NY, Chicago, Italy, Buenos Aires, etc] is real pizza, and participate in verbal sparring over what streets are better than others within those areas, you'll probably hate it.

                      1. re: The Office Goat

                        I would never dream of entering that debate ; just not enough pizza knowledge. I have had good pizza in the east and good pizza in the west all good all different.

                        1. re: WaWa

                          BTW if you have room for desert I'd strongly suggest checking out Elizabethan Deserts in Encinitas. Her cherry mini-lattice pies are incredible!

                    2. re: DougOLis

                      ...or possibly consider this brewery tour coordinated by BrewHop.

                      You'll have to sign up (free) to Groupon San Diego, but they're offering (time-limited offer) a tour for 2 for half price ($90):

                    3. re: WaWa

                      Oh, and the Ballast Point brewery is pretty close to Sea World too.

                      There are a lot of other great beer bars around but I wouldn't classify most as kid friendly.

                  2. re: WaWa

                    ...and if the kids love root beer, they also brew their own.

                    1. re: cgfan

                      they do .., hubby is working towards our son being a master brewer some day =-0 He like a little sip...but they do love root beer too so that is cool!

                2. Well there's one place that you might consider that's: * great seafood * casual * kid friendly * true to the area, and best of all, * freaking incredible

                  If your kids eat Sushi, and if in particular you're a fan of traditional Sushi, than you cannot do any better than Kaito Sushi in Encinitas. Plenty written up on these (including the old 'California') boards. And not to worry, you can order "Americanized" rolls too, it's just that their focus is elsewhere (Edo Mae [Tokyo style] Sushi).

                  BTW Bull Taco would hit all of your points too...

                  1. Right in Carlsbad: Fish House Vera Cruz. Great chargrilled fresh fish -- extensive daily fresh menu. Our favorite in the San Diego area.

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                    1. re: Steve Green

                      Visited it on Wednesday and really enojoyed it My husband had the Wahu and I had the Sea Bass, the kids had the fish kabob and shrimp.

                      We really enjoyed it thanks for the recommendation!

                      Fish House Vera Cruz
                      417 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

                    2. Home and reporting in...we went to Port PIzza dn ended upo not staying way too noisy after a week at Disneyland we neede something more layed back we ened up going for pizza ata mom-and pop right around the corner and really enjoyed it.