Pacifica Del Mar - Seafood Restaurant with Beachfront Dining in San Diego
Even as a little girl, I had an extremely well developed palate. I ate escargot when I was four, having learned to enjoy the delicate flesh of a lobster the year before. My nanny once told me that lobsters were once considered worthless and fed to prisoners. She thought it was silly that people giving lobsters to the poor—like they would understand how to appreciate such fine cuisine.
She then had the gall to tell me that lobsters are essentially giant sea-dwelling cockroaches. Well, I never could see a Lobster Newberg again without thinking of that horrible time I took a wrong turn off 5th Avenue while shopping and found myself in some ghastly neighborhood, staring down enormous cockroaches and rats the size of my poodle. That definitely put me off any type of sea delicacies for a while. My mother tried to trick me into eating beluga caviar once, but at the age of ten, even the slightest whiff of the sea sent me into paroxysms of horror.
Anyway, my hypnotherapist only recently helped me overcome my fear of all things sea-related, so I can finally pretend to enjoy all those clambakes my boyfriend keeps insisting I attend (like I’d get my feet dirty in the sand. That’s laughable.).
So after a tiring first day at the Del Mar races (where I wore a fabulous new Philip Treacy creation), the girls and I were looking for a little something to nibble on while toasting the sunset. Pacifica Del Mar’s name came up as having a magnificent view and solid wine list, and was clearly one of the better seafood options in San Diego County.
Wine room at Pacifica Del Mar in San Diego
Well, the wine list was so very solid, that we polished off a bottle of 2009 Napa Valley Caymus and started on the magnum of Silver Oak before we even remembered we were there for the sunset. Luckily, one the girls had ordered food.
This place was a block from the ocean, so no surprise that most of the options were seafood. This was my first time attempting sea creatures after the dog-sized cockroach incident, so I nervous to be sure. However, the food was prepared beautifully. The tuna tartare (gateway dish to all things sea) was fresh and slightly sweet from the bits of mango, and the scallops were cooked perfectly and dusted with prosciutto.
Seafood Options at San Diego's Pacifica Del Mar include Scallops
Now, with my palate re-educated, I’m no longer terrified of all things sea; there’s a whole list of seafood restaurants that I frequent. My editor tells me all the San Diego has a surprising number of options, which I’ll sample during my next trip for the art convention.
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Pacifica Del Mar
1555 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014