Monday, May 6, 2013

Sandbar Sports Grill

When I go to the beach, I'm always looking for a new place to eat. Let's face it, the majority of the beach places are called tourist traps for a good reason. The food is mediocre at best, the drink selection ho-hum, and the drinks and food alike are overpiced. In fact, it's generally a rule that the closer to the beach, the more disappointing the place.

Sandbar Sports Grill, located right off the boardwalk of Mission Beach, however, is a welcome exception to this rule! 
The dining area includes an upstairs and outside dining, with a friendly sports bar atmosphere. On a nice day, which there are many in San Diego, it would be awesome to partake of the outdoor dining.

The appetizers offered all sounded appealing, but since I knew that their entree offerings were bound to be big, I didn't want anything too terribly filling. Upon recommendation from the manager, we ordered the homemade queso, salsa, and chips. The sauces were plentiful, and so good. The queso was made with a combination of cheddar cheese, jalapeno, and habanero, and boy, was it good! A tad more spicy that I've ever had, but so delicious! Somehow, we cleaned the entire container!

One of the best meals when you are at the beach is a classic burger and fries. This burger was huge! Over half a pound, so no one could walk away from this meal hungry. The burgers also come with a choice of fries or tater tots, for something a little different. The burger was not only a homemade, fresh beef patty, but also included a homemade bun. One of the best burgers I've ever tried!

Sandbar is even more famous for their fish tacos, and since one cannot come to San Diego and not eat fish tacos, this is the one I'd recommend to friends. It might be the best that I've ever eaten. Fresh mahi, grilled and seasoned to a perfect tender doneness, surrounded by crisp cabbage, chipotle aioli, and salsa fresca, this was such a winner.
I decided to make it a platter, and the fried avocado taco was my second taco. I've never thought of deep-frying an avocado, but wow! This taco was incredible! The taco was piled with sour cream, pico de gallo, and cheese, and would make a perfect decadent vegetarian entree.

Even though we were almost rolling from a food coma at this point (I couldn't stop eating!), we had a taste of the churros served with a warm agave nectar dipping sauce. However, the churros hardly needed the sauce, as they were plenty spicy and sweet on their own, and served as a perfect warm, sweet bite to end the meal.

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