We went to Anthony's Seafood Grotto for lunch Sunday. They have been a part of the San Diego landscape for as long as I can remember. We went to the El Cajon location.
We have been in a rut lately. When ever we go to town to run errands, we either go out for Mexican or Italian with very few changes in between. On our way to town Sunday we ran through the litany of places we could go. Some we've been to recently, others we haven't been to for a while.
From the freeway you can see Anthony's Seafood Grotto. Once in a while, when passing by, one of us will comment on how we haven't been there in such long time, we need to go there again blah, blah, blah....
Driving past Anthony's solved our where to eat, and the we haven't been there in a long time blah, blah, blah... dilemmas.
We had a wonderful lunch in beautiful surroundings. The restaurant's decor gives you the feeling you are dining underwater
First thing Jackie our waitress brought to our table was a nice basket of sourdough bread with butter. The butter has sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese in it. This was the best sourdough bread we've had in a long time. Stan said it reminded him of the bread he's had in San Francisco. We could have made our meal of this
We both had the cole slaw in a creamy pineapple sauce, it was a little too sweet for me. I did taste some tartness in the dressing but not enough to cut the sweetness. The cabbage was nice and crunchy. That's celery seed not black pepper
Stan had the fish and chips.The coating was light and the fish was firm, and not at all greasy. It didn't fall apart when you ate it. The french fries were just regular french fries, nothing special.
Stan is not a big fish eater. Fish and chips is about the only way he'll eat fish. For him the fish is the carrier for the tartar sauce. He usually gets a double order of tartar sauce and uses all of it, except for today. He had 3 containers of tartar sauce on his plate, he used only one, that's how good it was
I had the Big Bay Combo. It had fried shrimp, crab cakes, stuffed salmon and a citrus rice pilaf. The rice was delicious, but could have been served a little hotter, half way through the meal it was cold. Nice fluffy rice with a good blending of flavors.
There were two sauces on the plate. A sweet and sour sauce made in house, to be used with the panko shrimp. This sauce was a perfect S&S, not one element over the other and the sauce had nice bits and pieces in it, of what, I don't know, but it was gooood. I liked the shrimp so much on it's own that I didn't use any sauce on them. There was also a lemon sauce that was to be used with the crab cakes and salmon. I thought this sauce was nondescript, I didn't even use it on the crab cakes.
The shrimp was coated in panko, firm not mushy and lightly golden brown, really, really good. A little sweet, and nice sized shrimp
The crab cakes had a nice crunch on the outside. I liked the mouth feel of the outside with the smooth tenderness of the interior of the cake. I like how they were cooked but flavor wise they were a little bland.
In retrospect, the crab cakes being a little bland was probably a good thing for this meal. They didn't compete with the salmon and this was a good blending of flavors.
The salmon was the star of the plate. It tasted like it was stuffed with mild white fish. It looked like the salmon was stuffed, then cut into "steaks" and pan fried. Very, very good. I'm looking forward to doing this again.
The setting is beautiful. This is the back of the restaurant
Seating beside the pond
We won't wait too long to do this again.