There's no shortage of amazing seafood in San Diego, but let's face it: You can't always get what you want with change you can find in between your couch cushions.
Slight exaggerations aside, South Park Brewing Company is a true neighborhood restaurant because its food and prices cater to those in the surrounding area. Quality seafood sans Downtown or waterfront dining premiums has landed in the neighborhood, and judging by the ever-present brewpub crowd, South Park was starving for a concept like this one.
Besides drinking beers available exclusively at SPBC-Scripps Pier Oyster Stout and Finest City double IPA among them-guests have some seriously tasty and classy pub grub from which to choose.
Take for instance, the Smoked Scottish Salmon pate. It's the perfect balance of rich, fluffy fish spread, flecked with sweet lemon zest, on a crisp crostini topped with a sliver of pickled onion. Not only is it a flavor-packed value at $8, but this dish won't make you feel fat like most of the food I talk about in this column.
Even the hushpuppies didn't hit my gut like the Titanic; puffy and sweet with super moist interiors, the fritters come in a reasonable portion, for under $5. But the struggle is real when it comes to resisting an extra side of maple and chili infused butter for dipping, so consider yourself warned. Open daily from noon to 10 p.m.
1517 30th St., South Park
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