Whenever we go to the coast, we make it a point to eat seafood. After all, fresh fish isn't exactly the main staple of the deserts of Arizona. Our state knows tortillas, tacos, enchiladas, salsa, tomatoes, jalapenos, grapefruit, melons, and margaritas. High-quality fish, however, isn't as easy to come by.
While in San Diego, our family enjoyed a Sunday lunch at Anthony's Fish Grotto Downtown on the Bay. The antiquated restaurant sits right along the shore in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. Limited metered parking directly in front of the grotto is probably your best bet, but there are also paid lots nearby that will cost you approximately $8 for two hours.
The menu features cod, crab, scallops, shrimp, salmon, and other fresh fish options - grilled, fried, in salads, or as stand alone dishes. My Coconut Crusted Tilapia ($14.50; pictured left) was served with delicious sweet roasted carrots (perfect for our 5-month-old baby to share!). Tim ordered the "Main Lobster Trio" ($26.95; pictured right), a selection of lobster, coconut shrimp, and crab bites. Ideal for someone who wants to try a medley from the sea.
Our girls split the Pelican's Pasta ($4.50), served up with a side of fresh fruit. Other options on the Kids Menu included Fish Dippers, Surfer Shrimp, Moby's Chicken, and Grilled Cheese.
Clearly a favorite among tourists (the restaurant is within walking distance of the USS Midway), the views were relaxing. Boats and schooners scooted by us, passengers waving at us with wide smiles.
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