Due to COVID19, San Diego Restaurant Week as we know it has changed course. In its place is Dine Diego, and it runs for a full month instead of one week. Participating restaurants are offering specials on outdoor dining and takeout.
My partner Kat and I decided to dine at Anthony’s Fish Grotto in La Mesa. A longtime San Diego fixture, Anthony’s has been in business for more than 70 years. We had a great visit with General Manager Valaree Gilmore who has been with the restaurant for 35 years! In 1947, this family-owned operation began with a two-item menu: clam chowder and fish and chips. Both items are still on the menu and we tried them both.
Our server, Giovanna, was delightful. She was happy to offer suggestions and brought our orders with speed and grace. We each ordered a glass of wine, and enjoyed their wine philosophy, which in part reads “Many of the wines we serve are produced at family vineyards that showcase the varietal and honor the timeless tradition of letting the soil and climate speak through the wine.”
Kat opted for the red chowder while I decided on the New England. Each was tasty and chock full of clams. I love clam chowder and this was exceptional! For entrees, I went with sand dabs, and Kat selected fish and chips. The sand dabs were light and perfectly seasoned. I selected coleslaw and rice pilaf for my sides and both were excellent. Kat ordered fish and chips, still made using the traditional family recipe. Cooked to a golden brown they had a nice crunch with a tender center.
Overall we had a delightful dining experience. I give Anthony’s Fish Grotto my highest recommendation. We savored our evening, sitting lakeside with some hungry ducks keeping us company. Check out Anthony’s Fish Grotto during Dine Diego. I have a feeling you’ll come back for more. 9530 Murray Drive La Mesa, CA 91942 (619)-463-0368