Tacos are serious business in San Diego (duh), and the best way to celebrate the abundance of tacos? Taco Tuesdays! Many restaurants offer all-day Happy Hour pricing on drinks and cheap tacos on Tuesdays. Our go-to is S’s favorite, South Beach Bar & Grill, but last week our friends suggested we try Mitch’s Seafood.
Located on the harbor, it was a very casual yet busy place. You could sit at one of the tables inside, or along the “counter” on the pier, looking at the water and sailboats. It was dark already by the time we arrived, though, so I didn’t get a good photo.
Taco Tuesdays at Mitch’s means all-day $2 fried fish tacos and $3 grilled fish tacos, and $1.50 Tecates. They list the catches of the day on a chalkboard near the ordering counter, and the menu also includes sandwiches and soups. We started off with some chips and salsa.
The salsa was flavorful but slightly too watery for my liking. Another wish? Warm chips. I’ve been spoiled by places such as Roberto’s, so now I take off points for non-warm chips.
S and I decided to split a cup of the New England clam chowder. I was hoping to try the Manhattan clam chowder that my friend M recommended, but they didn’t offer it that day. I’m not a big fan of NE clam chowder, so I gave this an okay. S enjoyed it, though, and there were plenty of clams in the cup.
I ordered two tacos, the beer-battered rock cod and shrimp. They got my order wrong, though, and I received a calamari taco at first. I snapped a photo before asking them to correct my order. (And I subsequently forgot to take photos of the cod tacos, haha… fail.) I really enjoyed the shrimp taco – the shrimp was really fresh and tender. I liked the rock cod, too, but there was a bit too much batter.
My friend actually ordered the calamari taco, and he really enjoyed it. I tried a piece of the calamari, and it was crispy and well-seasoned.
Some of our friends liked this place better, but S still prefers South Beach. I do like the salsa there better, and they have more offerings (in particular, the shark tacos). But the fish and shrimp at Mitch’s are really fresh (and probably better than South Beach), and definitely worth checking out.
1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA