Well, you have stumbled upon mmm-yoso!!!, the food blog. Kirk and ed(from Yuma) are just too busy to blog today, so Cathy is sharing a few virtual meals with you.
Well, I've found another place to satisfy my cravings. It's kind of a drive from East County, yet only five or six signal lights from either freeway exit, and worth it.
This rather plain façade in a newer mall on the East side of Broadway, one signal light South of Palomar in Chula Vista, may have been a place I would not necessarily stop. However, friend and fellow blogger caninecologne was kind enough to send me a 'Get One Free' coupon in June and one day, when The Mister and I were going to be driving South, I grabbed the coupon...you know, just in case I would be hungry.
The clean interior and fresh smelling fish display was inviting.
As were the photos of some of the meal choices, in addition to the rather large menu which was handed to us when we sat down.
The variety of hot sauces on the table, as well as the jarred condiments(limes, pickled red onions, a mild, chunky salsa and a smooth, fresh made chili based hot sauce) brought out with fresh corn chips was just a peek into the flavors we would soon experience.
On our first visit, we decided to share a fish tostada ($2.50) and our waitress was kind enough to just bring the ceviche on the plate and we supplemented it with the corn chips. This ceviche is available in the fish counter, is very fresh and really good.
The Mister ordered a "House Special", Filete de la Casa ($10.95)- a grilled fish topped with large sauteed shrimp, grilled mushrooms and vegetables. This was so fresh and perfectly flavored. It was served with tortillas, rice, beans and salad.
We were also served some seafood soup before our meals came out. As you can see, filled with fish and shrimp and in a rich broth.
I had ordered the Cabrilla Sarandeado ($11.99) A whole sand bass, split, covered with a mayonnaise/salsa mix and grilled....served on this GIANT (larger than the 15 inch laptop I am writing on right now) foil covered tray, along with the same sides and additionally grilled onions and jalapeños. So fresh and so very tasty.
So, a few weeks later, it was my birthday day and I knew what I wanted. This meal started with a pulpo (octopus) tostada ($3.50). There is a whole section of the menu with just octopus dishes- always fresh, since they seem to go through it quickly.
This is the medium Botaña ($9.95)- seafood combination snack/appetizer, but I made it my main course. Because it is huge. Octopus, half moon scallops, shrimp, sea snails. Fresh, just 'cooked' in lime juice accompanied by cucumber, avocado and topped with a nice chile salt.
The Mister chose the Empanizado filete ($9.95). Breaded and fried, this was a *very* large piece of fish, quite meaty and perfectly fried. It was served with the usual sides and was really good, crispy and didn't get soggy. Magic bread crumbs!
Just a few weeks ago, fellow bloggers and friends, Carol, caninecologne and I met up for a "C3 Bloggers Food Crawl" and our first stop was...yep...Miramar Fish Market. We each got a hearty cup of the seafood soup to start our meal. I am pretty sure it is the Seven Seas Soup, since this time there was octopus in the mix. I am going to order a bowl of this the next time; perfect in this chilly Autumn weather.
Here's an overhead of our meal selections, which we shared...the Culichi shrimp (at 1:00)($10.95)-I've been trying this cheese and poblano pepper sauce every time I get the chance. The version here has a nice kcik of heat from the poblanos. It's very satisfying...and the shrimp here are so large and not overcooked, providing a nice vessel for the sauce. The item at 11:00 is another "House Special"- the Filete Relleño ($11.95) another good sized fillet, grilled and 'stuffed with seafood' as well as topped with shrimp and a wonderful creamy sauce (you could say it was a Mornay, but there was no cheese... so, a white sauce that was creamy and well flavored on its own).
The third item, a large mixed seafood cocktail ($9.95) was so large and absolutely filled with shrimp and scallops in a wonderful tomato/lime sauce filled with onion/cilantro/cucumber and topped with a beautiful fanned avocado half.
Every meal here has been absolutely fresh and wonderful and enjoyed with either the Mister or friends and I want to eventually try the whole menu...
Miramar Fish Market & Seafood Grill 1655 Broadway Ave, Suite 12 Chula Vista 91911 (619)425-5504 Website