Wahoo's is just a couple of doors down from El Pescador and I wasn't very hungry after eating my sandwich but I really wanted to try one of their fish tacos so I stopped by and ordered just one fish taco.
Wahoo's is a multi state chain and the adjective most frequently used to describe it is "healthy". It was started by three surfing Chinese brothers who grew up in Brazil, so the food is inspired by Mexican, Brazilian and Asian influences. The interior is very casual with surfing decals on the walls and a handful of tables to eat at.
Favorite Dish: I wish I had been able to try a couple more items from the menu, the fish taco ($2.25) really didn't wow me but locals seem to love this franchise. The fish in the tacos is either wahoo or mahi-mahi and is served grilled, not fried, inside two corn tortillas with lettuce and tomato. I thought it was a bit dry, I think it could have used some salsa or something to liven up the taste, perhaps I just needed to know to ask for it.
I found this place recommended on Chowhound and Yelp so I stopped by here to grab a sandwich before continuing my exploration of La Jolla. Like Point Loma Seafoods it's primarily a fresh seafood market for people to take home to cook but they do have a dine in/take out menu.
This is an extremely casual place, there are only a couple of tables inside. Order at the counter and they will call your name when it is ready. Their parking lot in front of the building only has a couple of spaces and parking on Pearl Street is tough but you can find parking within a block or so on one of the side streets.
Favorite Dish: The menu here is all fish, you can get your selection of fresh seafood or char grilled fish as a salad, sandwich or plate with a side salad and steamed rice, they also have chowder, fish tacos and seafood cocktail, there is nothing fried here. I ordered a Medium combo sandwich ($7.75) with dungeness crab and bay shrimp which comes on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomato and onion. It was very good and very fresh tasting.
During a recent business trip to La Jolla, we had the opportunity to take a couple clients out to one of the better restaurants I have been to in California. We chose the Italian restaurant that was offering valet parking, as it would be easiest to get in and out of a busy street scene this way.
Pasquale was busy on a Tuesday night, which is normally a pretty good indication for the type of restaurant it was going to be. The hostess was very polite and told us it would be about 20 minutes, but she would be able to find our party a seat. She then walked us to the bar, and introduced us to the bartender, who would recommend some great wine and an appetizer while we waited. We started with the calamari, which was lightly breaded, and flash fried to lock in taste, but not feel like we were drinking grease. The calamari was very fresh, and finished nicely with a squirt of lemon juice.
We then were seated in a nice spacious corner booth that sat four comfortably. My colleague went with the Osso Bucco, his personal favorite, and way of judging a good restaurant. It passed with flying colors, and I was able to have a bite of it to concur with his assessment. I went with the lamb shanks, which were just great, the best lamb I have tasted since my time in Australia. They were served with a nice wine au jus, and I added a couple funghi for taste. The other two people both went for something different... the cordon bleu. It was finished nicely with a mushroom sauce, unusual to look at, but delicious to taste.
The highlight of the evening however was that Pasquale himself was there, and he is a very active restaurant owner. He came to our table, made a couple wine recommendations, and also spent a nice amount of time thanking us for our business and later wishing that we would return soon. Excellent touch, with a true sense that he was very happy for our business.
**As of Feb. 2008, this restaurant is a member of Rewards Network, which allows you to earn up to 10 miles per dollar spent. www.rewardsnetwork.com
Favorite Dish: I loved the lamb shanks.
Located in the middle of downtown La Jolla, George's has a beautiful rooftop dining area that is perfect for breakfast or lunch.
Favorite Dish: Try the yummy hamburger, or awesome fish burger!
The fries are crispy and the best!
This is the kind of place where you see everyone you know if you live in La Jolla. A southern California institution, it's a great place to go for pretty good food at a pretty good price (think a nicer, better California Pizza Kitchen). Sit outside if you can, around the big bonfire. They have a good selection of pizza, pastas, and other dishes, as well as an impressive list of "tapas" (aka appetizers attempting to be something more exotic). Their salads are huge and always a favorite.
Favorite Dish: Start with the mini duck tacos. They are excellent, and even suitable for a light meal on their own. Duck tomatoes, feta, sour cream, cabbage, and a delicious spicy mayonaisse sauce make for an irresistable combo when tucked inside six tiny hard taco shells.
This is by far the best frozen yogurt on the face of the earth? A bold statement? Yes. A true statement? YES. Stop in on a hot day and have a local kid serve you up a huge portion of whatever flavor you want. If you get a tadpole (smallest size) with toppings, they automatically upgrade you to the next size up.
Favorite Dish: St. Moritz Chocolate is the best!
George's Upstairs has been one of my favorite special restaurants since I was a kid. The downstairs is far too classy for everyday people's everyday meals, but the upstairs is a relaxed (but still very nice) open air restaurant that overlooks La Jolla Cove. I'd recommend it for a nice night out, but make sure its a nice day, or it can get cold and breezy.
Favorite Dish: You HAVE to start with the Black Bean, Turkey, and Brocolli soup. It is one of my favorite foods of all time, and I would eat ten bowls of it if I could. If you can't tell, I highly recommend this soup. If you start with it though, you just might not want anything else. (But everything else is good too! I like the porkchop)
The cuisine at The Cottage is fun, light, and grilled, with distinctive flavors from the Southern California sun and the Pacific Ocean.
Favorite Dish: LJ ordered the special of the day which was the Grilled Shrimp & Spinach Salad (grilled shrimp, feta cheese, grapes and macadamia nuts) while I had the Crab Melt (rock crab with red/yellow peppers and mayonnaise on sourdough parmesan cheese toast with avocado, melted cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce and tomato).
It's in a nice location steps from Museum od contemporary art, it have a nice relaxing environment. I like that have Indoor and Outdoor sitting area. The food is good, but the size was too big for me, the panini was more like a BigMac than the italian size I remember and I hate fighting with food too big for my mouth. But the taste was really good and the salad was even better.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish: Chicken panini (grilled chiken breast, tomatoes,fresh basil, & brie chesse.
Mediterranean salad (Mixed greens, Onions, Tomatoes,Cucumber,Kalamata Olives, and Feta cheese with balsamic Vinagrette.
the ambience is sleek and cozy at the same time. the service is great the sushi is to die for. this sushi restaurant is more a novelty sushi place, where the chefs make one of a kind rolls.... it is delicious, and so is their sake. the atmosphere is great and i am lucky enought to say i live around the corner...so i can eat here every week!
Favorite Dish: everything and the kitchen sink is my favorite roll. the sashimi is great too. try everything.
In the middle of Rancho Santa Fe, home to some of the wealthiest people on earth, is the incredibly charming and fabulous restaurant Milles Fleurs. In an intimate provincial setting, with Spanish hacienda trappings, (if that is possible) this restaurant provides the kind of meal that makes you ooh and aah, and begs you to mortgage your children if necessary to have a meal here. The service was charming and friendly and not pretentious at all. The food was simply delectable and the wait staff helped me make decisions that made my evening even more memorable. This formal gourmet restaurant has a casual ambience that allowed me to strike up a conversation with the couple dining next to me as we shared our wine and desserts. Whatever it may cost, this restaurant is well worth the money.
Favorite Dish: The fois gras simply melted in my mouth.
Tapenade had some rave reviews, and certainly the place was packed. The customers all seemed to be on a date, and a multitude of suave lines were reverberating throughout the room. Black was the fashion color as hipness was the required affect. The room itself was extremely cold with no design sense or warmth. Honestly, the food appeared to be an after thought to the behavioral foreplay taking place. I was grossly disappointed with the cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Not one dish stood out at all.
Last time I was in San Diego, my best friend took me to Cafe Japengo on a drug dinner. 'What's that?' you say. Well my buddy is a doctor, so the pharmaceutical salespeople always take the doctors to nice restaurants in an attempt to sell their products. I was just tagging along for the good food. Now I know why prescription drugs cost so much!
Favorite Dish: Sushi
Arrive hungry, because you sure won't leave that way. The Spot is a funky bar on Prospect Street that has a most amazing menu. We had the clam chowder (the best I have ever had) and a Monte Cristo sandwich for lunch. Fantastic! The portions were huge, though, so consider it two -- two -- two lunches in one!
Favorite Dish: We came here for the incredible happy hour sushi deals! From 5pm to 630pm everyday, they have a special menu with great samplers at great value!
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