Have tried a few more places and wanted to give a shout-out to the hounds who sent me to Coffee Cup in La Jolla. My gawd, it's fantastic. My tastebuds thank you. :)
Also went to The Fishery on Cass Street. It was excellent. We tried a number of things: Fishery soup, which was tomato-based with nice hunks of fish; Ahi Tuna Poke which was very fresh and well done. I meant to order the Oregon pink shrimp cocktail, but just ordered "shrimp cocktail" and the Mexican one came out, but it was fantastic. The shrimp have that sweet shrimpy-taste that is absent in the cheaped farmed stuff from Asia. Really, really delicious. I had the local yellowtail with frisee and plums. It was solid, but IMO overcooked. Not enough for me to say something and send it back, but definitely overcooked. Husband had the linguini and clams. They were excellent. The pasta was good too. Kiddos split the Yukon River Coho Salmon Miso. The kitchen plated it separately for them, which is always so appreciated, and honestly? Rarely happens. Kudos to them for that.
For desert we tried the balsamic strawberries with ice cream, and it was a stinker. The berries were piping hot. Melted the ice cream as soon as they "met", and it was too heavy on the balsamic. I've had this combo many times. The balsamic needs to be a light touch. Still? I was mighty impressed with the sustainability of the fish on the menu -- these people walk the walk. And the fish counter looked beautiful. I will definitely be back. ///edited to add one other thing: The only other complaint I had at The Fishery was the pace. The speed at which our dishes came out was rocket-fast. Too fast, and that was a bummer. Next time, we'll order the apps and hold on to the menu so they can't rush us.///
On another day, we tried The French Gourmet on Turquoise Street. Husband had a French onion soup and I had the tuna nicoise salad to-go. Both were a solid good. On a second trip, we tried the chocolate crossiants, and took some country pate home with us which was pretty good too. I didn't try the bread yet. It looked just okay. Am I wrong on that? Anyone try it?
This morning, kid #2 and I did a last-minute stop at Ricky's. We pass it on the way to school and, frankly? I'm a sucker for anything that says, "World Famous Apple Pancakes". So, so, so glad we did. Yes, it's 20 minutes for what's really a souffle and not a pancake at all, but that dish is a plate of cinnamon-sugar-apple-goodness. Superb. Crispy. Inflated (until we jabbed it with our forks), and 100% worth making #2 late for school. Dying to know how the fried chicken is here. Has anyone tried it?
Also, since last report, I've been to the Mercato and Hillcrest markets. I'd say that each market has something I like and don't like. So probably making the rounds is going to be the way to go. I'm closest to the LJ market, and that's easy, but I ♥ the Descanso egg man (as mentioned on a different thread), and over at Hillcrest, I liked the Carlsbad Oyster dude who said he's at the end of his season.
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