March 13th, 2015 at 9:30 am

San Diego restaurants

Author: Amy Finley
Photo: Andrea Bricco
Information provided by: Riviera San Diego

  1. In North County, Fish 101 serves sustainable and local seafood in a laid-back Leucadia setting. The day’s catch is available simply grilled or—the locals’ favorite—tucked into a sandwich with lemon aioli and pickled red onions. Wash it down with craft brew on tap, and save room for soft-serve (try a swirl with a topping of extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt—trust us!). 1468 N. Coast Hwy, Leucadia, 760.943.6221
  2. In La Jolla, we’re partial to chef Jordan Davis’ dishes (and the elegantly cool, twinkly setting) at Herringbone. New for spring, Chef Davis serves up a delicate ahi crudo with vanilla, serrano chilies and lime that’s perfect for warm-weather noshing. And we’re crazy for his smoky octopus starter, a play on buffalo wings that is finger-licking delicious. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221
  3. What puts P.B.’s beloved The Fishery at the top of the food chain? Chef Paul Arias unparalleled technique and the resto’s seafood market, which has some exclusive contracts with local boats off San Diego. Mr. Brown’s swordfish tacos are a signature, but give Arias’ quirkier spins—like spaghetti and swordfish meatballs, or crispy albacore belly schnitzel—a taste test. 5040 Cass St., Pacific Beach, 858.272.9985
  4. Karina’s Mexican Seafoodhas roots in South Bay and East County, but its newest outpost is Downtown. Ceviche is a draw (across the entire Karina’s empire there are 17 different varieties on offer), especially the spiced-up house version with shrimp. We also love shrimp dishes swimming in the specialty Karina’s sauce, a creamy concoction that could make shoe leather taste like a million bucks. 925 B St., San Diego, 619.546.7667
  5. It may be inland, but Anthony’s Fish Grotto still boasts some of S.D.’s finest seafaring fare. The newest generation of the Ghio family, who opened the original Anthony’s on the Embarcadero in 1946, looks to be returning the Mt. Helix midcentury icon to fighting form, stripping away some of its ’90s-era cartoon makeover excess and restyling the iconic lakeside outdoor dining patio with fire pits and a bocce court. The hand-battered fish and chips, zesty fisherman-style red chowder and the crab and gulf shrimp Louie, however, remain blissfully the same. 9530 Murray Drive, La Mesa, 619.463.0368

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