My husband's buddy is in town, visiting from Florida. He used to live in San Diego a long time ago. My husband tells me he's a "meat and potatoes" guy and his favorite meal would probably be chicken fried steak, but I think he's remembering the days when they were hanging out in their 20's. Now in his 40's and traveling frequently, I doubt this guy is still eating lots of chicken fried steak. I do know that the two of them used to take road trips to Baja and they both love good, authentic Mexican food.
Anyway, I've been tasked with making a res for our friend, his wife and us (including our 2 kids) tomorrow night somewhere in or near PB, where they're staying. I don't get to PB much anymore, so I'm wondering where can we go that's good, not too fancy, and somewhat unique to the area? My choices would be The Fishery, Bay Park Seafood or even Gringo's, but my sense from my husband is that those are not quite right...maybe too upscale or too oriented towards seafood.
My husband mentioned World Famous, which I know nothing about, but when I searched the board, it sounds like it's pretty mediocre. It's looking like my husband wants to re-live his youth (he's probably the one who has a hankering for chicken fried steak!), but my fear is that this guy's wife may be disappointed if we take them to a completely divey place....I haven't met her, but my sense is that she's on vacation, and she wants to be wined and dined a little. On the other hand, if the food is really good, a semi hole-in-the-wall place could be the ticket.
As you can see, I'm agonizing just a bit over this - any and all thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.