Wonderland and OB:
We happened onto this place after a day exploring Ocean Beach. It was close to sunset and Wonderland had prime seating to catch it. We were not disappointed! It was a Monday and they had a special mussels. We ordered the andouille and smoked tomato mussels. They were tasty and the beer selection was really wide. My only complaint is the prices are a little steep and seating can be difficult, but the view is worth it! They also have some special every night; you just have to check and the live music on Mondays is fantastic!
This spot was suggested by a friend for superior fish. We went on a Wednesday at 8:30 and even a half hour before close, the line was out the door!
As we were standing in line, I got to see the amazing sashimi plates coming out. Huge portions of incredibly fresh fish, my mouth watered. Unfortunately, we did not order sashimi. We ordered the house cioppino and the bronzed snapper. The seafood on both dishes was ample and expertly prepared. Where they both fell down was seasoning. The bronze was very light and bland and the cioppino needed salt. The fish was all very well butchered and cooked, just lacking in seasoning.
I still consider this a very good meal because of the quality of fish, attention to butchering and friendly staff. They have a nice local craft beer selection as well. In the future, I will get the sashimi and I am sure it will be excellent!
Found this little gem while I was checking out the Little Italy Market and what a find! Just the atmosphere alone would draw me in with all the eclectic decor and unique seating, but the food was delish as well. We had the lamb hash and challah french toast. The lamb hash was earthy, robust and served under two perfectly poached eggs. The challah french toast came with a homemade honey butter and fresh strawberries. The portions were ample. They offered am interesting mimosa and champagne cocktail menu, but we stuck with coffee which was tasty. The vibe is very relaxed and that is reflected in the speed of service. Don’t go when you are in a hurry, but it is worth the wait!
Mitch’s is the one place my husband always talks about when he comes to SD so it was our first lunch stop. Parking is a little hectic at lunch and we did wait in line to get in, but it was worth it. The selection is phenomenal and the staff is very friendly. We ordered octopus tacos, sea bass tacos, snapper tacos and poke. We managed to get seats at the back bar overlooking the marina- you want those seats! The view was relaxing and the food came quick. The poke was perfect little cubes of tuna aptly seasoned. The tacos were good, not the best in SD imho, but they were good. Great lunch spot- lots of character, great selection, fantastic poke!
I have now sampled a number of fish taco stands and can say with certainty, Oscar’s is my fave. It is very limited seating and no a.c., but you don’t need it in San Diego. I had the taco especial, the octopus taco and shared ceviche with my husband. It was all fantastic! The smoked fish on the especial was some of the tastiest ever and the octopus was duly charred and not tough. The ceviche had perfect acid and heat. They also had homemade sodas and a wide selection of jarritos. It was worth the couple minutes we waited for one of the picnic stands outside. This place was the only restaurant we repeated in SD- it was that good!