We headed down to San Diego on Saturday for an overnight stay. Had a wonderful hotel room and some great food.
On Saturday, headed to Ocean Beach on a friend's rec. South Beach Bar & Grill. Took a little while to secure a place to sit (it was before 5 and packed!), but finally got two stools in the back looking at the kitchen (which was fun; those guys work hard!). We ordered a fish taco and a calamari taco (both MUST HAVES according to my friend) and I added the ceviche cocktail (I think that is what it is called - the one that comes with the chips with Mahi, Wahoo and shrimp) and an order for their cheesy garlic bread. Then ran to the bar and ordered two Blue Moons.
Ceviche arrived first and was some of the best ceviche I have ever had. A little light on the seafood and heavy on the tomatoes, but it was delicious! Then the tacos arrived. Now, I have an adversion to calamari when it comes as a strip (or chunk vs. the rings as in fried calamari) so I was weary - since it can be very rubbery if not prepared correctly. I am happyt to say that this calamari was perfectly cooked. It was breaded and fried. Meaty, but not rubbery in the least. So good!
The fish taco (grilled) was also fantastic. I think in order of favorites, it goes ceviche, calamari taco and then fish taco. Garlic bread was good, yellow cheese, but definitely needed to be grilled for a lot longer.
All that for a little over $21 with tip (plus $8 + tip for the beer). Waitresses take your order for the food (very extensive menu) but you have to go to the bar to order drinks. The oyster shooters looked really good, as did the burger. They are known for their mahi tacos and their calamari strips according to our waitress, Cindy. Everyone we encountered was smilling and helpful (who wouldn't be with the beautiful surrounding and gorgeous weather we had this past weekend??). Will definitely be back when I am in the vicinity.
On Sunday, after a stop at the Pompeii Exhibit in Balboa Park, we stopped in Del Mar at Poseidon for brunch (2 pm). We figured there would be a wait, with it being Easter and all, but we did not even wait 10 full minutes and our pager went off. Nothing was availalbe on their patio (on the beach) but we were just inside the open truck doors looking out into the patio and the breaking waves beyond. I opened the window behind me and felt the lovely ocean breezes. Our waiter was not the most friendly person, but he was passable - brought me what I wanted, so who am I to complain. I ordered the Eggs Benedict ($12) and mom ordered the Poseidon Benedict ($14) which was Norwegian Smoked Salmon with spinach. She had a glass of Chardonnay and I had iced tea. I also ordered a cup of their clam chowder (white) ($5). The food was really good. Both EBs came with their house potatoes, which I ordered well done, and was pleased to see they actually did as I asked. They were very good. Both EBs were also very good and I would definitely go there again. The hollandaise needed a little seasoning (I thought, personal preference). This is a nice, casual restaurant with good food at a reasonable price. Valet parking only $3.
All in all, a fantastic weekend!
South Beach Bar & Grill
5059 Newport Ave., Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92107
last bar on left closest to the ocean in Ocean Beach
1670 Coast Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92104
reservations for large parties, only