Fat Fish Cantina Grille, San Diego

Before graduation, all of the seniors from the Claremont Colleges head down to Mission Beach for a week on the water. While there we mostly cooked, but Alex and I took a break from the kitchen one evening to hit Fat Fish. Upon being seated outside, we were informed that the happy hour prices and specials advertised on the website (and on the phone when we called for a reservation) were only available at the bar- since we wanted pictures with natural light, we opted to skip the deals. The house chips and salsa came out promptly, and salsa was fresh and flavorful, with a bit of a kick. Alex decided to start with the Tequila-Lobster Bisque, which is a house specialty- we were pleasantly surprised by this dish, which came topped with a freshly baked puff pastry that paired wonderfully with the creamy soup. This soup is a must for any Fat Fish visit. The Perfecto Organico margaritas (organic el ultimo blanco, cointreau, fresh lime juice, agave) were a point of contention for us- I found it perfectly fine, although definitely not as good as the ones we make at home, but Alex thought it was borderline undrinkable. Granted, they came with a barely-salted rim and were a bit watered down, so maybe Alex is right on that count…next came the entrees. Fat Fish does not offer vegetarian beans, which was a bit of a shock for a Mexican restaurant in San Diego, so that was an immediate disappointment for me. However, the chicken fajitas were good, and the chicken and veggies developed a delicious caramelization the longer they stayed on the skillet. Alex thoroughly enjoyed his shrimp taco, and we both loved the chewy tortillas. All in all, Fat Fish is worth a go if you’re looking for sit down Mexican food near Mission Beach, but don’t expect it to beat the numerous taco stands that have made SD famous.

– priya


house chips and salsa


chips, salsa and the highly-debated margaritas


Tequila-Lobster Bisque


Shrimp and Fish Taco Platter


Chicken Fajitas

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