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I've conned the boss in to sending me to a business conference in San Diego Saturday through Wednesday, 'hounds where will I find good seafood in a casual setting (no tourist traps, please, and some of this will be on my dime and I am not looking for high-end, fancy schmancy, dressing up for me is throwing on a pair of deck shoes to compliment a polo shirt and shorts).

Bonus points earned by restaurants that are also good on salads and vegetables (I only eat solid food once a day, so it better be good, tasty, and healthy).

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  1. I would recommend the upstairs of the Fishmarket. They have great deck to sit on with a view of the bay.

    On an expense account, 100pp, Anthony's Star of the Sea Room. Ask for the corner window table.

    Very rustic, Point Loma Sea Food. It is a working fish market that prepares sandwiches, sushi and platters. They take cash and check, no credit. You dine on picnic tables.

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    1. re: davd

      Star of the Sea has closed for renovations. When they re -open they will be called Ghios steak and seafood. New concept . I wish them luck ...they'll need it.

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      1. I haven't been, but the Oceanaire in the Gaslamp District is rumored to be good. However, it may not meet your expectations of being casual and/or not pricy.

        Will you be posting one of your famous, hilarious, rollicking good-fun reports? :-)

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        1. re: daantaat

          Hmmmm, that's a possibility, might give me something interesting to do other than attend business meetings that become more and more boring as the days wear on and the nights of overabundant alcohol distribution by eager vendors take their toll on my body and my diminishing brain cells.

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        2. Good lord, three replies and not one mention of Blue Water?

          ChinoWayne, based on what you're looking for you need to make it a point to visit Blue Water Seafood at least once. They have everything you're looking for: casual setting, low-to-moderate prices, definitely NOT a tourist trap, and their salads are excellent!

          Salads topped with grilled fish generally cost $8. If you're wanting to splurge a bit, check out the blackboard, which lists the very freshest fish with special pricing. I believe most of them work out to around $10-12 for a salad.

          The fish at Blue Water is very fresh, as are the vegetables. It's a great unpretentious place. They also serve the complete line of Ballast Point beers on draft, which is one of San Diego's better microbreweries.

          Link: http://www.sdreader.com/php/rrshow.ph...

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          1. re: JS

            Second! This place is a real gem.

          2. Yeah, Bluewater Grill seems to fit your specs perfectly, and it's close to downtown. I don't know if you'd consider it a drawback (I don't), but it's a walk-up-to-order place, though they bring your food to your table. If you can make it over to Pacific Beach, though, the Fishery is also a very tasty choice. It's at 5040 Cass St., in PB. They don't have a website, but there are several reviews on this board if you'd like to run a search. Good luck, and it's nice to have you visit us.
            . . jim strain in san diego.

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            1. re: Jim Strain

              Thanks, Jim, et al, for the reccos, I knew you locals would come through for me.

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            2. For casual seafood I like Point Loma Seafoods - great fish market too. They close at some weird early hour, like 7 PM - so it's best to go for lunch. Avoid Anthony's, it has gotten too "tourist trappy" and the food isn't very good anymore (if it ever was). There is also a place called the Tin Fish, down by the Convention Center that is supposed to be ok for fish-and-chips-type seafood, but I haven't been there. I have also heard really good things about Bay Park Fish Company, up near Mission Bay off Morena. If you are feeling adventurous, there are also the Hong Kong style seafood restaurants, like Emerald, etc. on Convoy in Kearny Mesa. I have also had a couple of good meals at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine down in the Gaslamp, though it has been a while since I have been there. You will find a lot of seafood on restaurant menus in SD in general, it's pretty popular local fare. Enjoy your trip!

              Link: http://aliceqfoodie.blogspot.com

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              1. re: Alice Q

                Hong Kong style seafood is very appealing to me, although I am not sure what the Mrs. reaction will be (or yes, I am sure what it will be) if the waiter brings a flopping fish in a bucket to the table for me to approve before cooking.

                Any other specific recs for Chinese seafood would be appreciated.

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                1. re: Chino Wayne

                  Convoy St (between the 805 and 163) is a wonderful location full of many fine Asian restaurants.

                  China Max (on Convoy) may be the best of the Hong Kong Style places. Shanghai City, also on Convoy, has good Shanghai style food. That general area also has good Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese etc restaurants.

                  Please do write one of your inimitable reports!


              2. Ones not yet covered but worth a visit.

                South Beach in Ocean Beach - End of Newport.

                El Pescador La Jolla on Pearl.


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                1. re: Stevuchan

                  I'll second South Beach Bar and Grill. They have great fish tacos. El Pescador in La Jolla is where the guy who owns Blue Water used to work. Same kind of food as Blue Water, but a much smaller menu, and not much of an eating area. Very good sandwiches though. However considering your desire for veggies with your meal it's not the best choice. I used to love El Pescador, but now Blue Water offers the same thing, just more of it and with more options.

                  A few people have now suggested Pt. Loma Seafood. Obviously taste is subjective, and everyone is entitled to an opinion, but how this place manages to stay in business as a dining destination is totally beyond me. The food is uninteresting, mostly fried, and health-consciousness is not part of the agenda. Salads are only offered with cream-based dressings, and grilled fish is not an option. If you check their menu at the link below, you'll see what I mean.

                  I feel like the only reason Pt. Loma Seafood has any popularity is for the same reason El Indio does. Once upon a time it was a good option for that kind of food, and a combination of longevity, force of habit, and non-discriminating customers keep them afloat.

                  Flame away.

                  Link: http://www.plsf.com/menu.html

                  1. re: JS

                    Thanks for the heads-up, you understand exactly what I am looking for and not looking for.

                  2. Fish Market has exactly what you want: very fresh fish, charcoal grilled. I disagree with the previous poster--I would go with the downstairs restaurant. The upstairs place has the same fish, but with the fancy sauces you don't want.

                    1. If you are from the East Coast (Boston/ RI/ Maine) then PLSF is what you grew up on.

                      If you go back there today, its the same.

                      (I meant this as a reply to the person who said those of us who go to PLSF were non-discriminating)

                      1. Regarding PLSF, no reason to get in a snit over the place. It's old style and if that is not what you are looking for, stay away. The food prep is basic, the fish is very fresh, and the venue is fun.

                        In addition, PLSF has an interesting selection of wines on the back wall, much better than the local grocery stores. They have the best smoked fish counter I have seen in SD. The fresh fish selection is extensive. The prices are high but you get what you pay for, excellence. They sell good bread and interesting grocery items as well. Its a neighborhood gem that the locals have appreciated for years.

                        1. PLSF may have a large selection of smoked fish but it is absolutely atrocious. It is oversmoked, dry, and not cooked with care.

                          1. Chino Wayne, have you already come to and gone from San Diego? If so, what say you as to the "reccos?" If not, I give a high five to Blue Water and China Max. If you enjoy Vietnamese, then check out Phoung Trang on the west side of Convoy Street south of Balboa. Best!

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