You can't miss the 17 foot marlin dangling on the corner of Garnet and Kendall as you cross into the heart of Pacific Beach. Since 2010, PB Fish Shop made a reputation for itself by offering the freshest catch from its laid-back and inviting location. Offering an al fresco bar alongside a large, glass-encased outdoor seating area and embracing an approach that encourages meal customization, the "Fish Shop" has become a local favorite due to its simple access to delicious seafood...and local craft beer, of course.
Like most fresh 'fish shops,' PB Fish Shop isn't cheap, but they're certainly more reasonable than many, especially in light of the fact that you can mitigate the damage done by bringing in your own favorite bottle of wine absent any corkage fee. Combine BYOW with their $1 oysters on Thursday nights and you've got yourself an unbeatable deal - and quite the rowdy scene from what we've heard. Being dog and kid friendly (one in the same if you ask us) is another draw, especially in Pacific Beach where many establishments are 21 and over.
We began with an order of the lobster lumpia (4 for $9.50). Akin to spring rolls, this traditional Southeast Asian dish is stuffed with bits of Indonesian slip lobster, cabbage and sweet potato, crisped to perfection and served with a side of beautifully cooked, fluffy Jasmine rice and a flavorful sweet chili dipping sauce, which we used to douse the entire plate. I could have scarfed down a baker's dozen!
Hankering for some fried food, we opted to preserve the integrity of all our seafood orders and instead chose a basket of house cut onion rings ($6), which were very satisfying. The batter was light, the onion didn't pull out, and dipped in the 'chowda', these bad boys were blissful!
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PACIFIC BEACH FISH SHOP
1775 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach
Open daily from 11am to 10pm