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Fish Taco - Driving South to San Diego

We are taking a trip to San Diego (Paradise Point) and coming from Los Angeles on Friday. We are looking for the best SD style fish taco that's somewhere on the way. I looked through the recs and to be honest I'm not sure where most of the places are geographically so it's tough to sort out.

We are looking for a quick stop since it's in between meals and we don't mind taco trucks (actually might prefer them).

Also any recs for a Saturday lunch since I hate resort food. We have two kids (3.5 and 1.5) and we will be eating a dinner at one of the Pizza Ports and a lunch at Stone Bistro on the way back to LA. Any other great recs would be appreciated. Strangely my kids love seafood of all types.

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  1. All of the good seafood trucks, and most of the good fish tacos, will be far south of there, closer to the Mexico border.

    Option 1: Go to Rubio's. It's a huge chain, but the fish tacos aren't bad honestly. In fact they're better than most of the restaurants. Just the basic fish taco, the other stuff there isn't worth eating.

    Option 2: Go to Oscar's Mexican Seafood. It's a bit off the main routes, but it's close. Everything is good there. I feel it's a bit over rated, but it's likely the best fish taco you'll find in north county.

    Option 3: Go to South Beach Bar & Grille. This is really crowded and noisy, so try to go on off hours. It's not strictly authentic at all, but the fish taco sampler is honestly good.

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    1. here's a ch thread that may help.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851324

      there's a marisco's truck on 35th & Univ. and one in the Toys R Us parking lot, on Industrial Ave, off the 5 south.

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      1. re: cstr

        cstr, I know your fondness for both these places, but come on man, neither of these is at all close to the I-5 or Paradise Point. The mariscos truck has moved to El Cajon Blvd., but it is good.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          Just replying to the OP who said, "We are looking for a quick stop since it's in between meals and we don't mind taco trucks (actually might prefer them)." I'd rather recommend a great taco truck that requires a drive than Rubio's, Oscar's or SBB&G (which is adult olny).

          1. re: cstr

            Ya gotta read the whole post, they're coming from LA, staying at Paradise Point and wanted a fish taco stop somewhere between LA and SD - "We are taking a trip to San Diego (Paradise Point) and coming from Los Angeles on Friday. We are looking for the best SD style fish taco that's somewhere on the way"

            I agree your suggestions are good, they're just not on the way down from LA :-D

      2. I would hit up Bay Park Fish Company which is across the freeway from Paradise Point resort..
        They have great fresh fish tacos and they have a great happy hour.
        Bahia Don Bravo in Bird Rock/LJ has a great fish taco and lobster burrito.
        The original fish taco Rubio's in Mission Bay, imho, has pretty good fish tacos at that locale..maybe its in the grease.
        South Beach in OB is 21+

        1. Not the best, but Bull Taco in Cardiff is on the way from LA to Paradise Point, has incredible views and is outside so there is room for the kids to run around. Interesting ingredients/combos with just OK execution. Parking may be a hassle though. They have a location in Oceanside that should be on your way as well, but I have not been to that one - not sure if they have the same incredible view.

          http://bulltaco.com/

          1. I can't believe that BC didn't hear the the Del Mar Brig is reopening this afternoon at 3:00pm. I am sure that they will be very happy to fry up some tacos for you.

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