I'm a newly ex-San Francisco Chowhound (just moved) and am visiting with family in Oceanside. Last time I was down here for an extended period of time I was (happily) directed to Cafe Mariscos #1 (all of 2 blocks from the family's house, hurrah! We'll be going back there!) and Samba Brazilian (sadly burned down). We enjoyed King's Fishhouse while here too...
So, last night we went to Ruby's on the pier - the waitress suggested the Fish/Shrimp and Chips combo platter and I went with it - I should have stuck with the burgers there. Suspiciously perfect rectangles of non-flavorful fish, not recommended. Live and learn. The chocolate malted was great though.
We had a kid with our party, he ordered the kids hamburger, and it literally came out with the bun and meat only. That was it. We had to ask to get him lettuce and tomato, etc. They told us that most kids don't like that stuff so they don't normally serve it. Fortunately, the one with us is the exception to that rule.
Anyhow, please help me out with recommendations that will keep me out of the plethora of chain restaurants here. I particularly would love some recommendations for a nice neighborhood sushi place and authentic Chinese (of any sort, I like it all). Anything else that you find particularly chow-worthy I'd love to hear about too!
Kuisine (formerly KathySK)