I’m going to jump right into things. This is controversial. No, I’m not going to write about politics or religion. It’s something way more debatable: who has the best fish tacos in San Diego? I’m discussing only two restaurants: South Beach Bar & Grille in Ocean Beach and PB Shore Club in Pacific Beach. I believe these spots have the best fish tacos out there. If you disagree and feel there’s a better place, I want to hear about it!!
My favorite place for the past 7 years has been South Beach Bar & Grille in Ocean Beach. I’ve always loved the laid back vibe and people watching through the first floor windows. And now that they opened a second floor, it’s easier to find an open table. The ocean is right down the street, so I like walking to the pier and back before I begin my fish feast. I’m a big fan of ordering the fried jalapenos as an appetizer. I usually follow the app with 2 tacos, each 2.95: Baja Fish (a fried Pollack) and a Veggie (a huge fried zucchini). Sometimes I’ll get a side of rice & beans (discounted price for ordering 2 tacos), but then I am stuffed! The portions are really big. And the tacos have the appropriate toppings: red cabbage, cheese, sour cream sauce and fresh salsa. I will note that many of my friends love the grilled fish tacos at this location, but I’ve always preferred the fried option. As a side note, you can get pitchers of beer and they always have one beer at a special price which is greatly appreciated.
Recently, I decided to try the fish tacos at PB Shore Club. I love the view from this restaurant. It’s right across the street from the beach, and it’s on the second floor so everyone gets a great view. I’ve been there for their So-Cal Fries. I upgrade to the tater tot option – why wouldn’t you? And I opt for carne asade as a topping. Again, why not? Additionally, the tots are covered in chili, cheese, sour cream and guacamole. These are not meant to be good for the heart, but good for the soul. Don’t worry about it, just enjoy!! But I digress. I ordered a grilled Mahi Mahi and a Veggie Taco. They were around the $4 range. The Veggie had a few different vegetables that were deliciously grilled. The Mahi Mahi was amazing! The amount of fish was not huge, but it made up for it in quality. It was topped with green cabbage, cheese, pico de gallo, and a side of cilantro sauce. What made these tacos were the tortillas!! They were so good.
I need to go back and ask where they get them or if they’re made in-house. I didn’t notice pitchers, but I had some great schooners of beer.
My husband and I got in a fight over my statement that PB Shore Club’s fish tacos reign over South Beach. We both take our food seriously. I’ll be happy returning to either establishment, but I’ll push for PB Shore Club!
Take Care and Happy Eating!