Welcome back to mmm-yoso!!! Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) and others who contribute posts here are busy. Cathy is not busy, so here's a meal she's had that you can vicariously enjoy.
It is so good to be able to live here in San Diego; we are close to the ocean and close to Mexico and the combination of those- Mexican seafood- fast became a favorite and a comfort food not long after we moved here.
It was the week between birthdays of The Mister and myself and my day to choose where and what I wanted to eat. (He chooses the first three days, which start on his birthday, we have to agree on the middle two days and then I get the last three days, ending on my birthday). El Titanic was my first choice.
Driving North on Fairmont, it's not easy to miss the freshly repainted Mariscos El Titanic building. It's right across the street (Dwight Street) from Murphy's Market (a great little neighborhood store that has a wonderful bakery, nice selection of produce and quite an extensive meat counter and makes some really good tortillas, ceviche and salsas).
The neon 'waves' at the top edge of the building are attractive in the evening. This is a typical mariscos joint that has several televisions and sometimes carries boxing matches and charges a cover on those weekends...otherwise in the evenings it's loud with bandera music. We came here for lunch and it wasn't crowded or noisy.
Each table is topped with a good selection of condiments. Fresh made corn chips, limes and salsa are brought out after you order.
Be warned- the salsa is *not* tomato based; it's all chile, hot but not overwhelming. It's good to use with your seafood order instead of the vinegar based hot sauces on the table...
The Mister ordered a gobernador taco, marlin taco and made it a combo ($10.50). You can see the cheese lined corn tortilla filled with sauteed shrimp. There were some onion and green pepper bits sauteed in there also. The marlin is a smoked fish and was stir fried with bell pepper and onion and was very very good; not salty as sometimes marlin can be.
I chose to have mojarra -whole tilapia- deep fried ($10.50). This particular preparation was so complimentary to the fish. There was a light seasoning on the skin, but nothing else. The fish was a good size, very meaty and just so right. The rice, beans, tortillas and even the salad all just went together so well. A good, memorable meal.
Yes, I'm back to documenting the cleaned carcass of whole fish consumed. Every bit was good.
I hope you week has been going well.
Mariscos El Titanic 3600 Fairmont Avenue San Diego 92105 (619) 584-2894 Website