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Lobster and scallop tacos?

Island Jun 26, 2010 12:07 PM

Any recommendations for best lobster tacos? Any scallop ones out there?
Could go for a great lobster or scallop burrito too if you've found better choices for those. Without beans in them please. Thanks.

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  1. foodiechick RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 12:32 PM

    Great lobster burritos and tacos at Bahia Don Bravo on La Jolla Blvd. Sit on the small back patio for nice little ocean view.

    Bahia Don Bravo
    5504 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 01:20 PM

      Bull Taco in Cardiff gets a lot of love around here, and they have a couple of lobster tacos on the menu.

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        JRSD RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 01:24 PM

        Mariscos German has scallop tacos.

        1. DiningDiva RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 02:09 PM

          The original location of El Zarape on Park Blvd. near Adams Ave has long had scallop tacos and burritos. I think they've got lobster as well. They gotten quite a bit of recognitio over the years for their non-traditional tacos and burritos. However, I also think El Zarape is not a good as it used to be. For a long time they filled a niche, but in the last 3 or 4 years better places have come on line, and EZ hasn't kept up.

          I've had the tacos de callo (scallop) at Marisco German and can voucher that they are delicious

          El Zarape Restaurant
          3201 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

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            smile81 RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 02:15 PM

            love the original el zarape for scallop tacos, lobster enchilada and my new fav calamari burrito. have been to mariscos german and bull taco recently and neither are as good as el zarape imho.

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            1. re: smile81
              DiningDiva RE: smile81 Jun 26, 2010 02:50 PM

              I'd agree with you about Bull Taco, totally underwhelming.

            2. Josh RE: Island Jun 26, 2010 06:08 PM

              I'm going to totally mess with certain posters' minds right now and suggest South Beach Bar and Grill for lobster tacos. They're actually pretty nice - just ask for sauce and salsa on the side.

              I like the scallop tacos at Mama Testa, and not just because they come with awesome mashed potatoes.

              Mama Testa
              1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

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              1. re: Josh
                phee RE: Josh Jun 26, 2010 11:04 PM

                I'm sure there was a disturbance in the CH force when you posted that. ;-)

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                  Island RE: phee Jun 27, 2010 11:37 AM

                  OK Josh n phee clue me in, you like S Beach, but the hounds flame you about it? I've heard that place has good fish tacos, but never had the opportunity. Tried twice on weekends and it was so packed, soon as a chair opened somewhere we'd get trampled in the doorway by others reaching for it like doors open at Best Buy when a new tech device hits the market. Screw that. Maybe someday if I find myself there mid week during a lull.

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                    DiningDiva RE: Island Jun 27, 2010 12:14 PM

                    Island, Josh regularly laments the use of shredded yellow cheese and ranch dressing on the fish tacos at South Beach. And not without reason, neither of those 2 ingredients is remotely involved in the construction of a "real" fish taco. It doesn't mean they might not taste good, they're just not very authentic. IIRC, he has almost always agreed that the fish itself on the tacos is pretty well done, especially the lobster.

                    1. re: DiningDiva
                      oerdin RE: DiningDiva Aug 31, 2010 10:04 AM

                      Yeah, it's the old "it's not authentic" vs "but it tastes good" debate. It seems some people want food to be just like it is in the country it came from while other people judge food based on taste even if it has been localized and so is no longer "authentic". I suppose there is legit room for debate on the subject but I'd rather favor taste over authenticity any day.

                  2. re: phee
                    Beach Chick RE: phee Aug 28, 2010 09:18 AM

                    hee hee

                    love love love the lobster tacos at Bahia Don Bravo's in Bird Rock.
                    Burrito is really good too.

                    I miss going down to Puerto Nuevo and loading up those fresh lobster bad boys with the handmade flour tortillas with killer rice and beans and their kick ass hot sauce and downing it down with tons of cold Pacifico's...

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                      Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Aug 28, 2010 09:34 AM

                      can one still do that? It's been so long since I had that experience.

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                        Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Aug 28, 2010 09:53 AM

                        you can still go down past Rosarito for lobster but with all the violence down there.sad, but reality.

                        DD knows of a place in town and I forgot the name that serves Puerto Nuevo style lobsters in SD..

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Aug 28, 2010 10:22 AM

                          Ortega's in Hillcrest.

                          I think Marisco's Godoy in CV does too.

                          Violence in the Tijuana region has abated substantially...it's moved Eastward (unfortunately). Make no mistake, it still exists, but I think you'd be safe to make a PN run. God knows the restaurants there would probably love you if you did ;-)

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                            Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Aug 28, 2010 10:24 AM

                            I've ridden my moto to Mikes Sky Ranch via Tecate but have stayed away from TJ and the coast. But BC reminded me how good (bad!) those meals are.


                            1. re: DiningDiva
                              Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Aug 28, 2010 10:52 AM

                              Thank's DD!

                              I miss going down there and playing golf, eating and drinking..friends have homes in Las Gaviotas, near Rosarito and they say that though they are gated, its really bad..doesn't Gypsy Jan live down there?

                              Love Mike's Sky Ranch Fakey..used to ride KTM dirtbikes and have a blast!

                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Aug 28, 2010 10:57 AM


                                Yet another thing in common.

                                Mikes: (and that's Mike watching telenovelas):

                                1. re: Fake Name
                                  Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Aug 28, 2010 11:22 AM

                                  we have waaaaaay too much in common Fakey!
                                  You poor thing..
                                  ; )

                                2. re: Beach Chick
                                  DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Aug 28, 2010 11:10 AM

                                  Yes, I think GJ does live in the general vicinity of Puerto Nuevo. I, too, have heard that things are still a little dicey around Rosarito

                          2. re: Beach Chick
                            foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Aug 28, 2010 11:12 AM

                            Heading down that way for a long weekend in a couple of weeks. Went to a Quencienara in Tijuanna 2 weeks ago. We have had no problems whatsoever the last couple of years in Baja. The violence that was so prevalent in Tijuana has rarely reached American tourists, and the few robberies that did target Americans in Baja mostly happened in the wee hours while people where driving on the road (at 2am!). Common sense goes a long way.

                            We have befriended many of the friendly and hard working merchants and restaurateurs down there and business is pretty bleak. They really need us to come back to visit. I will think of you all and toast you with a Carta Blanca when I dig into my steaming lobster and yummy lard-laced beans at one of the original Puerto Nuevo lobster houses (#2) Salud!

                            1. re: foodiechick
                              Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Aug 28, 2010 11:21 AM

                              Carta Blanca long necks and lobster with lard laced beans!
                              I like to get the melted butter and drench those bad boys with every bite..
                              Have fun..my birthday is the 16th of September which is the real deal of Mexican Independence Day..
                              Let the party begin at midnight ...wooo hooo!
                              I'll toast from the islands to you chicka!

                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                cstr RE: Beach Chick Aug 29, 2010 05:11 AM

                                Celebrating your 29th BC!

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                                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Aug 29, 2010 07:38 AM

                                  hee hee..
                                  I'm old but I still get carted...love that!
                                  ; )

                                  1. re: Beach Chick
                                    cstr RE: Beach Chick Aug 30, 2010 06:11 AM

                                    I think you mean 'carded', lucky you unfortunately, my mug is a dead give away (age wise), or if you had a few too many then maybe it's actually 'carted' off my Mr. BC!

                                    1. re: cstr
                                      Beach Chick RE: cstr Aug 30, 2010 06:57 AM

                                      Ha..some felt 'carted' meant the Senior discount!

                                      Did Bull Taco add a second location in O'side?

                              2. re: foodiechick
                                DiningDiva RE: foodiechick Aug 28, 2010 01:04 PM

                                I'll toast with a CB too :-).

                                While you're down there, if you feel like it, check out the new and resurrected Cesars or Cardini's or not sure what they've actually called it, in Tijuana. The Plasencia family (Romescos, La Diferencia, etc) recently reopened the restuarant that Cesar Cardini ran and at which he created the (in)famous Cesar Salad. If I understood correctly, it's kind of a mid-century homage to the "classics" that made the restaurant famous.

                                1. re: DiningDiva
                                  foodiechick RE: DiningDiva Aug 28, 2010 05:26 PM

                                  Thanks for the reminder, I read about that and I am actually kind of optimistic for the 2.0 version (or would that be 3.0, 4.0?). It used to be a favorite. Will definitely check it out and report back

                                  BC, love the long neck Carta Blanca bottles, but really prefer the shorties that you unlock the cap of one in the bottom hole of the other. Still find them every once in a while in one of the stores that cater to the locals and not the tourists.

                                  1. re: foodiechick
                                    DiningDiva RE: foodiechick Aug 28, 2010 07:48 PM

                                    OMG, I'd forgotten about those bottles with the built in bottle opener on the underside :-)

                                    1. re: DiningDiva
                                      foodiechick RE: DiningDiva Aug 28, 2010 11:14 PM

                                      Yeah, I'm old.

                                      1. re: foodiechick
                                        DiningDiva RE: foodiechick Aug 29, 2010 12:04 AM

                                        Yeah, so am I

                                    2. re: foodiechick
                                      Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Aug 29, 2010 07:44 AM

                                      love love love the stubbies..
                                      we all drink more when stubbies are involved and create drinking games and first prize is the opening of the stubbie bottles..

                                      As far as being old..it's only a number and were all hip young chickas at heart!

                                2. re: Beach Chick
                                  oerdin RE: Beach Chick Aug 31, 2010 10:09 AM

                                  I honestly never really like Puerto Nuevo lobster because 90%+ of the places fry their lobster which I despise plus the lobster down there hasn't really been cheap since the 1980's and now it costs just about the same price as getting a decent local lobster here in San Diego so why bother driving the 45 minutes south and the hassle of going through customs to get home?

                              3. re: Josh
                                Tripeler RE: Josh Jun 26, 2010 11:24 PM

                                Have you stopped drinking Rochefort?

                                I miss the avatar...that's all.

                                1. re: Tripeler
                                  Josh RE: Tripeler Jun 27, 2010 02:59 PM

                                  I still enjoy Rochefort. Just got tired of the pic.

                                2. re: Josh
                                  cstr RE: Josh Jun 28, 2010 01:17 PM

                                  I thought SBB&G lobster taco's we a bit rubbery.

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                                  Maxmdwinter RE: Island Jun 28, 2010 06:56 PM

                                  I really enjoy the lobster tacos at Pacific Coast Grill in Solana Beach. They're definitely a pricier option at about $22, but always delicious and unique. Basically it's served like a bowl lobster scampi with garlic, tomotoes, black beans and corn. Then they provide tortillas on the side.

                                  Pacific Coast Grill
                                  437 S. Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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                                    shabadoo RE: Island Aug 28, 2010 12:10 AM

                                    Mariscos German on university/~35th +1

                                    bulltaco was better when it first opened.

                                    Mariscos German
                                    3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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                                      palmtree38 RE: shabadoo Sep 16, 2010 06:42 PM


                                    2. tolsonhouse4 RE: Island Sep 19, 2010 11:15 AM

                                      For inexpensive lobster taco's, Miguel's in Shelter Island is my pick. :)

                                      And the sinful jalepeno sauce that comes with the chips doesn't hurt either!

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