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Your favorite good quality fish restaurant ?

palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 12:52 PM

I see Blue Water Seafood. Fish Market and Point Loma (which we have been to) mentioned alot on TA..
What would be your choice or is there another that might be fitting the bill that I didnt see.
Early dinner on Saturday evening we are looking at with travelled children that no the restaurant drill :O) We are coming end of September so it would be a bonus if we could sit outside and eat and have a view or people watch.

It has to be within walking distance from Residence Inn near little Italy or within 5 mile radius as our hotel can shuttle us so we can enjoy some drinks leaving car behind.

Point Loma Cafe
4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Blue Water Seafood
3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

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    cstr RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 01:19 PM

    Fish House Vera Cruz in Carlsbad Village is very nice and close the the water.

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

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      palmtree38 RE: cstr Jun 18, 2010 01:31 PM

      Isnt Carlsbad Way north close to Legoland?????????? (that is not within 5 miles)

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      jturtle RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 01:35 PM

      The Fish Market Downtown is quite popular, right on San Diego Bay next to the aircraft carrier. I prefer to sit outside on the deck but that is a limited menu. Can be average to great (depending on what you order) and is very family friendly.

      1. DiningDiva RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 02:02 PM

        If you're coming in from traveling with tired children, Blue Water might work out well for you. It's close to your hotel, it's pretty casual and has a patio (tho' a patio with no view of anything). Be advised that unless we're having a Santa Ana, it can start to get chilly at the end of September in the evening. If you plan to be out much after the sun goes down, just throw a sweater or jacket in the car just in case.

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          jmtreg RE: DiningDiva Jun 18, 2010 02:09 PM

          And after dinner you can walk down the street to Gelato Vero, and get some gelato for dessert.

          Gelato Vero Caffee
          3753 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: jmtreg
            palmtree38 RE: jmtreg Jun 18, 2010 02:33 PM

            no we were not travelling all day it was a relax day.. I have lots of mexican on my try's but no seafood/fish places and since by the ocean we should be taking advantage of this.

            ok one vote for Fish market one for Blue Water.. SAme menus moreless and pricewise comparable?

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              Josh RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 02:51 PM

              Blue Water.

              Fish Market is just OK, IMO. Blue Water has many tasty dishes, and proximity to Gelato Vera is nice.

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                palmtree38 RE: Josh Jun 18, 2010 08:04 PM

                do tell Josh??? is there a fav dish there you like??

                In some of my old notes I have a dish "Swordfish or wahoo sandwich or plate.. calamari or red snapper with chipotle on roll with blue cheese and pepper jack..

                sounds lovely as i love cheese. and spices.... funkier and messier the better.. thus my fridge is full of condiments and hot saucesmarinades from my holidays i go on.

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                  carli RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 08:50 PM

                  Don't know exactly where Residence Inn is located, but we LOVE Blue Water Seafood and also really like Bay Park Fish Co, which is a little north on I-5. I imagine that it's within 5 miles, but not sure. It's a little bit more upscale (but not much and still is casual) than Blue Water with table service, etc. They make a yummy swordfish club sandwich with avocado.

                  Bay Park Fish Co
                  4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110

                  Blue Water Seafood
                  3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

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                    Josh RE: palmtree38 Jun 18, 2010 09:59 PM

                    My favorite thing at Blue Water are the grilled prawns. They're pricey, but delicious. I get them on a salad, and it winds up being $20. Order off the blackboard or the specials at the counter, skip the permanent plastic menu items. Fish tacos there are disappointing and not worth your time. Sandwiches are OK, but the bread is too dense, IMO. Salads or plates are where it's at here.

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                      palmtree38 RE: Josh Jun 19, 2010 04:03 AM

                      I will google the Bay Park Fish Co as well as it may be in radius.. Do both places have a liquor licence?

                      Does bay park have a outdoor patio? Blue water does but its not facing anything interesting correct?
                      swordfish and avacado sounds yummy too

                      Bay Park Fish Co
                      4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110

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                        DiningDiva RE: palmtree38 Jun 19, 2010 08:03 AM

                        Blue Water has a beer & wine license, I'm pretty sure Bay Park does too.

                        The patio at Blue Water is on the side of the building and abuts a parking lot. They've used a lot of bamboo and foilage to hide the view of the parking lot.

                        I don't totally agree with Josh about the bread on the sandwiches at Blue Water being too dens, tho' I understand his point. I think a lot depends upon what fish you chose to go on the sandwich. The last time I had a sandwich there, the bread was a ciabatta roll. I chose swordfish to go on it and it was great. Ciabatta tends to be a firmer bread so I think a firmer fleshed fish works better on it. I like their fish tacos, I also like their ceviche.

                        Either place is a good choice

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                          Josh RE: DiningDiva Jun 19, 2010 11:38 AM

                          I wonder if they changed to ciabatta from the previous bread. They used to use a kind of fat french roll that was very dense, and I found it hard to eat. Ciabatta would be a nicer alternative for sure. El Pescador in La Jolla uses Telera rolls, and I like those a lot.

                          Last time we were there, a few weeks ago, we found the fish tacos disappointing - maybe it's too many visits to mariscos trucks. Their ceviche is very nice.

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                            DiningDiva RE: Josh Jun 19, 2010 09:10 PM

                            Or it could be that they've changed to a denser bread since I last ate there. I haven't had a meal at Blue Water since they got the shout out on Triple D and their business wen through the roof

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                          Josh RE: palmtree38 Jun 19, 2010 11:36 AM

                          Bay Park doesn't face anything interesting either. Bay Park is OK, but I think Blue Water is better. Blue Water serves beer and wine.

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                          RB Hound RE: Josh Jun 19, 2010 11:15 AM

                          Are the prawns grass fed?

                          1. re: RB Hound
                            Josh RE: RB Hound Jun 19, 2010 11:38 AM

                            No, but the plankton is.

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                TXGSD RE: palmtree38 Jun 19, 2010 02:40 PM

                Assuming you can get to dinner before 6:30 PM, I'd recommend Pt. Loma Seafoods. While I prefer most of the items at Blue Water, that's not a knock on Pt. Loma Seafoods and both have very fresh fish. More important, based on your request, at Pt. Loma Seafoods you can sit outside along the San Diego Bay where the sport fishing boats load and unload. Around dinner time in September, you'll get to see the boats coming in and unloading the days catch and/or walk along the waterfront. Blue Water, for better or worse, has no particular visual/aesthetic appeal. For both, or any of the other recommendations, you'll have to take the hotel's shuttle.

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                  palmtree38 RE: TXGSD Jun 21, 2010 06:47 AM

                  Josh Which Mariscos truck do you prefer?????

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                    cstr RE: palmtree38 Jun 21, 2010 08:34 AM

                    One of my fav trucks is Marisco's Pescador on Industrial Blvd in CV in the Toys R Us parking lot, another great marisco's resto is Marisco's Godoy on Palomar Rd, off the 5 S, in CV.

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                      palmtree38 RE: cstr Jun 21, 2010 09:21 AM

                      I am looking at the map and Chula Vista looks like quite the drive to get there?? From little italy am I looking at 30 min drive???

                      Is there not one by Hodad's as well? As spouse is still fixated on the bacon cheesburger so we thought we could get 2 burgers and 2 fish tacos and have a chowdown and share them with the gang.

                      Hodads Restaurant
                      5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

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                        DiningDiva RE: palmtree38 Jun 21, 2010 09:41 AM

                        Yes, Chula Vista is about a 30 minute drive with moderate traffic. If traffic is light, it will be quicker. The Palomar exit is about 6 exits from the Mexican border. The fish taco truck is in an industrial area with no view and no charm. It shares the parking lot with the torta ahogada truck. Both are definitely foodie destination as they both do essentially one product and do it really well. I don't know that I would call either of them tourist destinations, especially for tourists with kids, although there is definitely the fun factor of eating in the parking lot from a lunch truck.

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                          palmtree38 RE: DiningDiva Oct 6, 2010 09:13 AM

                          Just loved Blue Water Seafood for sandwiches.. I wanted one last taste of SD before heading home so the hotel shuttle took me to pick up blue water sandwiches and a order of fish and chips for the kids to share..

                          Fish and chips they divided one regular order . They put together a plate for them each with huge portion of waffle fries. delicious coleslaw and 2 generous pieces of fish each! for $8 in total..

                          I had the recomendation from Chow to have the snapper chipotle with avocado fresh tomato and red onion with pepper jack cheese and blue cheese..I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN.. It was by far one of my favorite meals in SD...
                          Others in group had the opa and the hawaian maui with garlic butter seasoning with the same toppings as myself.
                          The buns were soft and light toasted and the whole sandwich was huge!! The fish was thick 3/4 of a inch and fresh.

                          3 sandwiches. 1 fish and chips all for $38.. We took it to the airport and enjoyed our feast there while waiting for a our plane.. )(2 hour delay ) but we had a good meal in us..

                          We also visited the Fish MARKET .. worst service in all of the restaurants we visited in 10 days and we visited lots... seafood chowder was thick but lacking flavour! others in the party liked their fish dishes. Ducket bucket was pretty good although alot of empty shells!!!!
                          kids didnt even get their ice creams as they fell asleep at the table waiting for them with such sloooooooooooooow service..(and many empty tables at this time) had to keep waving my hands up to even get our waiter.. In fact he never came to get my order as i was undecided and the others ate their meal by the time i tracked him down. I ordered a chowder as he said he could have it out fast.. Never had drink refills. Waited 25 min to get a table and then while seated 20 min before anyone came to our table. Again had to track down waiter by waiving arms.

                          El Pescador's we revisited and it was a scrumptious sandwich but rich and more greasy and far smaller portion of fish then Blue water provided.

                          Blue Water Seafood
                          3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

                          1. re: palmtree38
                            Beach Chick RE: palmtree38 Oct 6, 2010 09:21 AM

                            I don't recall anyone telling you to eat at the restaurant of the Fish Market..only the oyster bar, or the sushi bar.
                            Food is different at the OBar vs. the restaurant.
                            Empty shells from the Duckett's bucket means that the meat is usually at the bottom of the bucket..I've never seen them put in empty shells for steamers.
                            I would let the GM of the Downtown Fish Market know your concerns..
                            Sounds like you had a great trip in SD and we look forward to having you back soon!

                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              palmtree38 RE: Beach Chick Oct 6, 2010 12:31 PM

                              There was not enough seats at oyster bar to accommodate us we sat around the corner from the hostess booth so we could see the water somewhat. Manager was informed and apologized profusely and took $45 off our bill and gave us his business card to take care if us next time,

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                  cstr RE: palmtree38 Mar 12, 2011 06:34 PM

                  Had to update this thread, just went to Marisco's Godoy for a few seafood plates and BONUS, they just began serving Pacifico's on draft and.... FREE Pacifico draft beers, they plunked down a 60 oz tube of their beer with glasses. Nice !! just added a great touch to an excellent meal.

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                    DiningDiva RE: cstr Mar 12, 2011 09:30 PM

                    Pacifico? Why are you getting excited about Pacifico?

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                      Tripeler RE: DiningDiva Mar 12, 2011 11:06 PM

                      Beer suddenly gets better when it is free.

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                        cstr RE: Tripeler Mar 13, 2011 07:13 AM

                        exactly! I do prefer draft to bottle so that helped. Also, their beer selection isn't the strongest.

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                          Beach Chick RE: Tripeler Mar 13, 2011 08:17 AM

                          Hell to the yes...
                          Pacifico on draft and Free...woooo hoooo
                          Homer 'chicka' Simpson

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                            DiningDiva RE: Tripeler Mar 13, 2011 09:12 AM

                            Oh, right. I missed the operative word...FREE. Oops, sorry about that.

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                              cstr RE: DiningDiva Mar 13, 2011 02:45 PM

                              you know DD, it's a guy thing.

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                                Beach Chick RE: cstr Mar 13, 2011 04:54 PM

                                bullsh*t on the guy thing...free good beer is free beer!

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                                  bizzwriter RE: Beach Chick Mar 13, 2011 07:32 PM

                                  Unless it's Bud. Then it's not beer. Period.

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                                    Josh RE: bizzwriter Mar 13, 2011 09:41 PM

                                    Why isn't Bud beer?

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                                      bizzwriter RE: Josh Mar 13, 2011 10:27 PM

                                      'Cos it's a piss-poor excuse for a beer.

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