During this time of loss and fear surrounding the fires, it seems strange to be inquiring about lobster rolls...my heart goes out to all who have been affected by the fires burning around us. Maybe because of them, as a (happily) transplanted easterner, I'm thinking about the east coast and lamenting the fact that I never made it back to the coast of Maine or Martha's Vineyard this summer for my lobster fix. Since moving here last spring, I've yet to find a place in the SD area for lobster rolls. I love the Fishery in PB, El Pescador in La Jolla, Fish Market in Del Mar, but haven't seen Maine lobster rolls on any of their menus. I've been to Pt Loma Seafood and LOVED it, but I didn't notice lobster rolls available there either - maybe because I didn't look at the time, which was last spring.
As a side note, I'm also shocked by the prices of fresh seafood at the markets around here. It's difficult to find fish for less than double digit prices (per lb)at the market. I used to cook swordfish fairly frequently back east, but now I tend to shy away from it at $16-18/lb! Even west coast fish is much more expensive, and I can't figure out why.
Back to lobster rolls...in the last few weeks, I've seen restaurants advertise "lobster festivals" but I'm sure they're referring to the west coast variety without claws, which are my favorite part! We live in Del Mar, so any suggestions for lobster rolls, especially up this way, would be greatly appreciated. Not that we can't go elsewhere...most of our favorite restaurants have been found in other places. Del Mar (at least the village) seems to be seriously lacking good restaurants. So far, we like Americana and Bully's, but find some of the others too much of a scene with only so-so food (we've tried Epazote, Sbicca, Il Fornaio, Jake's).
I've gleaned lots of wonderful info from the chowhound site after discovering it today...many thanks for all the good advice! We love ethnic or unusual places and prefer these over the more "upscale cuisine" restaurants; having just moved from the NYC area, we've had our share of those and always look for more of a relaxed, interesting experience.
Thanks in advance for your lobster roll advice (and any other SD area restaurant tidbits you can throw in)! P.S. I read the earlier post re: lobster rolls at Studio Diner, but they sound fairly mediocre.