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The Fishery-San Diego (Pacific Beach)

petradish | Jan 24, 200606:39 PM

Visiting the folks in PB last Saturday, dying for some winter seafood (preferably CA or local) and relieved to have the Fishery within close proximity. We waited a half hour without reservations, which wasn't too bad, esp. since the lighting is pleasantly dimmed and they offer something to drink from the wine list.

To start, a chilled dungeness crab ($25). Very good quality meat, sweet, lush and completely wonderful on its own, although served with a dish of horseradish and red sauce. Messy if you're up for it with the DIY extraction of the leg meat, but they also serve a dish of freshly shelled morsels hiding under the carapace.

Next a whole, split and grilled local lobster ($38). Hmm hmm good with a parsley flecked butter sauce mingling with the lobster juices and anointing the blanket of mashed potatoes beneath the beast. Perfectly cooked with just a touch of the grill and still tender tail meat.

The Zaca Mesa viognier fit the bill quite nicely with its bright acidity bringing out the sweetness of the shellfish and its minerals. Delicious.

I've found that with the Fishery, it's best to stick with the simplest, freshest preparations and you'll be a happy hound.

5040 Cass Street, Pacific Beach

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