Outstanding Seafood Pasta (add lobster) at The Lobster Trap on Catalina Island! This is such a fun and trippy place. Definitely added to our list of go-to faves for next visit.
(Visited December 8, 2019) Excellent calamari appetizer at Harpoon Henry’s at Dana Point Harbor! I loved how it was prepared steak style and cut into strips. A nice change from the traditional rings, tubes and hideous spidery legs. Tasted really good and was accompanied by two delicious dipping sauces. In business since 1975, Harpoon Henry’s offers a spectacular waterfront view, fresh seafood, and the latest in California beach cuisine.
(Visited November 30, 2019) Excellent Linguine Frutti de Mare at Yanni’s in San Diego! Shrimp, mussels, salmon and calamari in a delicious white wine broth. In business for over 17 years, they recently won the Best Greek Restaurant award from the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.
(Visited November 9, 2019) Excellent Frutta de Mare at Marechiaro’s on Olde Hwy 80! The presentation was somewhat shambolic but it tasted great. An assortment of shrimp, clams, scallops and mussels prepared with a flavorful red sauce and served over a bed of linguine pasta.
Quite possibly the worst calamari I’ve ever put in my mouth! At The Quarterdeck Seafood Restaurant in Arroyo Grande, CA. From the outside, this place clearly used to be a Coco’s or Carrows. That should have been my first clue.
The Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach was an absolute trip! This place is very much a dive with a consistent line out the door. Clearly a local institution and I can see why. Excellent, fresh seafood with fast, friendly service. Fried clam strips were outstanding. The chowder here is very popular so I ordered a cup. Not among the best I’ve had, but very tasty. You can order it heaped with a number of toppings like bacon, onions, cheese, random seafood, etc. Even in a bread bowl. I am definitely coming back here next time I’m in SLO.