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Brigantine Seafood

Crab must be an endangered species at Brigantine Seafood Restaurants in Poway! Had a Shrimp & Crab Louie recently that was super delicious, but seriously, only one discernible chunk of crab! Hiding somewhere behind that lemon slice. For $19 they could have stepped it up just a bit more I think. Dressing (not pictured) was outstanding, had to request extra. All ingredients were fresh tasting and only slight graying on the boiled egg.


Red Lobster

Outstanding Salmon New Orleans at Red Lobster in La Mesa, CA! Fresh blackened salmon crowned with shrimp tossed in a Cajun butter sauce.

Old Town Mexican Cafe

Outstanding shrimp ceviche tostada at OTMC in Old Town San Diego! Also the enchiladas here are so fatty you only need one. Definitely among the oldest and most popular restaurants in San Diego’s historic Old Town, OTMC never disappoints.

Mariscos Mar Azul

This is NOT an April Fool’s joke! Yes, I ate seafood in Yuma and it was outstanding! Mariscos Mar Azul is one of my new favorite restaurants in Arizona’s southwest region. The place is kind of trippy. The instant I walked in I could tell immediately it used to be a Chinese restaurant. Why waste time redecorating when you should be focused on cranking out excellent Mexican seafood dishes, right? Never experienced a place like this in SoCal. Anyway, this garlic shrimp dish was just delicious. Served with a side of rice and salad. Can’t wait to go back next time I’m rolling though AZ.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Pad Thai at Pinto Thai in Ramona, CA!

La Cocina

Outstanding shrimp ranchero at La Cocina in Ramona, CA!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding Seafood Fajita Fantastico at Nuevo Grill in Ramona, CA! Your choice of freshly grilled Wahoo, sautéed shrimps or Langostino lobster. Cooked to perfection with succulent peppers & onions; includes all the typical Mexican accoutrements and hot tortillas. The whole affair is served on one of those sizzling hot platter things that allows you to not only see and smell your food, but hear it as well!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding Camarones Rancheros at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! Sautéed shrimp with bell peppers and onions in a house ranchero sauce. Served with rice & beans; pico de gallo; a blob of guacamole; and hot, supple tortillas, $16.99.

The shrimps were tasty, meaty and succulent; cooked perfectly. Unfortunately the ratio of shrimps to everything else going on was pretty conservative. What I can tell you is the shrimps were of high quality. Not some frozen, farmed institutional variety from <insert name of Asian country here>! The ranchero sauce was the absolute standout! Among the best I’ve had. Super rich, flavorful and delicious. I sopped up every bit. It would have gone good on just about anything but ice cream.

Overall a great tasting dish, just not a good value at 17 bucks. Props though for the higher quality shrimp.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Outstanding Cajun surf & turf box thing at Popeye’s in Mira Mesa! So glad they’re not in Ramona otherwise I’d probably weigh 300 pounds. Seriously, one of the best fast food places around.

Olive Garden

A surprisingly delicious, relatively low calorie dish at Olive Garden! Linguine di Mare is made with whole grain pasta and a generous amount of mussels and shrimp. I’m usually pretty hard on the OG but this dish was outstanding.

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