Tuesday, January 15, 2008

South Beach Bar & Grille

San Diego is unquestionably the best place in the country for fish tacos, and South Beach Bar & Grille in Ocean Beach is arguably the best place in San Diego to get them. We hadn't been for a while since it is "winter", but yesterday was a beautiful day so we rode our bikes down from Pacific Beach.

Why South Beach? For starters, the location is perfect - right at the end of Newport where it hits the beach. Then there is the bar - friendly staff and a pretty respectable beer selection. In addition to the expected lineup, they also have offerings from Green Flash, Ballast Point and Stone. And one of my absolute favorites - Racer 5 from Bear Republic.

But the main attraction is the tacos. And it isn't just fish. Of course the fish tacos (wahoo or mahi mahi) are good, but they also have shrimp, lobster, calamari and oyster. Our favorites are probably the shrimp (grilled) and calamari (fried). We get the white sauce on the side, as I'm not a big fan of it and they put a lot on.

The prices are also very good - especially during happy hour when all appetizers are half price and they have $2 fish tacos. The 5-taco sampler (pictured above) is a great way to go at half off the normal $10.95 price tag.

And did I mention that the location is great?

After tacos and beer, and especially if you are driving and need a break before heading out, don't miss having a walk out on the Ocean Beach pier. It has a very pleasant vibe, with people of all ages and ethnicities trying their luck at fishing. There is even a little cafe, which we need to try sometime.

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