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Brigantine Seafood 

Outstanding crab cake appetizer at Brigantine in Poway!  I’ve had the best in Maryland and other places back east.  This one wasn’t quite up to those standards, but still remarkable for a SoCal crab cake.  

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Boll Weevil 

Still the best fish & chips in Ramona!  Only on Thursdays that is… I think the price has gone up a couple dollars but it’s still the best value in town for all you can eat. 



Antonio’s Pizzeria 

Tremendous order of fish & chips from a pizzeria of all places!


Descanso Beach Club

Outstanding popcorn shrimp appetizer at the Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island!  Just a short walk north from the casino is this amazing oasis. 

Red Lobster 

Outstanding display of deep fried seafood goodness at Red Lobster!  Simply called “Admiral’s Feast”, one of my favorite dishes there.  Highlight though is always the fresh, warm Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 



Rubio’s

Outstanding dinner recently at Rubio’s! Cilantro Lime Sea Bass Bowl for only $9.29. Grilled sea bass rice bowl topped with a cilantro-lime mojo sauce (made with lime, cilantro and garlic). No idea what this thing they call “mojo sauce” is, but it was excellent. The bowl includes citrus rice, black beans (omitted), chipotle white sauce and a small amount of romaine lettuce along with guacamole and salsa fresca. Of all the times I’ve been here, this dish has to be the best thing I’ve put in my mouth at any Rubio’s.

This was definitely a big league dish for a “fast food” restaurant. It would be a stand out at any of the finer sit-down places in town, that I can tell you. The sea bass was cooked perfectly; flaky, moist and succulent. Not at all overcooked and tough as I was expecting. The flavors going on here, from the so-called mojo sauce to the chipotle white sauce were just dynamite! I recommend a good squeeze of fresh lime over the whole thing. 


Claim Jumper 

Outstanding Salmon Oscar at Claim Jumper!  Grilled salmon fillet topped with jumbo lump crab meat, lemon butter and grilled asparagus spears.  Definitely one of the best seafood dishes I’ve enjoyed at CJ!

Outback Steakhouse 

Happy New Year!  Here’s some of the best dishes I had at Outback last year.  Always loved their perfectly cooked grilled salmon!  Also an outstanding blue cheese wedge salad and loaded mashed tater thing.  



Da Tuna Shack 

While at Da Tuna Shack the other day trying the onion rings I also ordered a Softshell Crab Sandwich. For $11.95 it’s made with softshell crabs (duh), cabbage, red onions and a tangy tartar sauce. All sandwiches include your choice of crispy (crinkle cut) french fries or “tasty” tots and a side of sweet coleslaw.This was a really good sandwich that I would order again. The bun was high quality, warm, soft, grilled and obviously bakery fresh. Softshell crab was a fairly conservative amount, but breaded in a very flavorful, somewhat spicy batter. There were some areas that had nice meaty chunks, but fairly flat elsewhere. The cabbage and onion were a perfect cool, crunchy compliment to the whole thing. Tartar sauce was indeed tangy and very good.  

Tater (tasty) tots are not that common on restaurant menus, so I always order them when available. This plate included a very generous amount, freshly fried. I made my own dip concoction consisting of ranch dressing and some sriracha squirts. Very nice!

I was not a fan of the slaw. It was clearly fresh and housemade, I just didn’t personally care for chunks of fruit mixed in. Not my thing.

All in all, a great meal at a decent value. I might try the mani-mahi or jumbo shrimp sandwich next time.

Marinade on Main

Fish & Chips at Marmalade on Main ($15.50). I was glad to see it served on a real plate rather than a wooden plank. Comes with two huge, thick, meaty cod fillets, beer battered & fried. Perfectly cooked, flaky, moist and what not, crispy on the outside. Served with a fairly conservative portion of fries that are crispy and lightly seasoned. Really good fries. Tartar sauce was outstanding, seemed house made. Malt vinegar and lemons are also available on request. I’m not gonna sugar coat it – the coleslaw wasn’t very good. Basic shredded cabbage and carrot affair, dressed sparingly with some sort of salty vinaigrette. Not at all creamy if that’s what you like. Unfortunately it sympathetically absorbed the warmth of the hot food on the plate. Probably would have been best served on the side in some sort of ramekin to keep it cold.

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