La Jolla, California boasts a number of delicious casual eateries and one of my favorites is El Pescador Fish Market & Restaurant, located just a few blocks south of Prospect Street on Pearl near Cuvier. This delightful lunch spot frequented by locals proudly offers up a bevy of freshly caught seafood and a fresh fish counter that would no doubt impress the most finicky of seafood lovers. El Pescador consistently turns out mouthwatering fish tacos, char-grilled seafood entrees, sandwiches and salads. Fresh is redundant here! The Cioppino is loaded with delicious seafood in a tomato based broth and the clam chowder is decadently rich and full of flavor. The Hamachi plate contains locally caught fish that is so mouthwatering and fresh, there is little need for wasabi or soy sauce. Lunchtime typically causes a line of hungry patrons extending outside the door, but I guarantee this place is well worth the the short wait! El Pescador Fish Market & Restaurant, 627 Pearl St., La Jolla. (858) 456-2526. (http://elpescador.com)
A five or ten minute drive south out of La Jolla on La Jolla Boulevard and merging onto Mission Boulevard will place you in San Diego’s Pacific Beach. This family-friendly stretch of sand and boardwalk offers locals and visitors a taste of true beach living. Dozens of restaurants and beach shops mixed with homes and hotels line the boardwalk which begins at the north end of Pacific Beach and extends about five miles to the south edge of Mission Beach, where the vibe is a bit more funky and edgy.
On the north end of Pacific Beach at Opal and Cass Streets, anyone craving some of the finest, local and sustainably caught fish available anywhere will revel in the delicious menu items prepared at The Fishery. While waiting for a table, guests can get a full view of the freshest sustainably caught seafood in the area by perusing the fish counter. My most recent visits to The Fishery have clearly produced an addiction because I simply cannot cease craving the Ceviche Tostada which was perfectly paired with Bramare, a buttery, mellow Chardonnay (which I am also craving, by the way!) Previous visits to The Fishery included an order of Mr. Brown’s Swordfish Tacos, the Grilled Ono Sandwich and a brunch sampling of the Dungeness Crab Fritatta, each a gastronomic delight in itself. Every time I visit this bustling restaurant I leave already yearning for my next opportunity to sample the fare offered here. The Fishery, 5040 Cass St., Pacific Beach. (858) 272-9985. (http://thefishery.com)
Traveling several blocks south on Cass Street near Felspar, a stop into the Cass Street Bar & Grill will surely satisfy those 21 and over searching for delicious food in a laid-back, beachy atmosphere. An order of the famous Teriyaki Steak Sandwich or the Oriental Fish or Chicken Salad and an ice-cold draft beer will quench your thirst and thoroughly satiate a hungry appetite. The breakfast menu here is also loaded with mouth watering selections. And with the option of a game or two of pool or shuffleboard, the Cass Street Bar & Grill is a great place to relax, refuel and play for an hour…or more! Cass Street Bar & Grill, 4612 Cass St., Pacific Beach. (858) 272-1320.