Located at the end of Tourqouise street right before La Jolla Boulevard, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the full wall seafood truck mural from Cora Tang and, of course, the crowd out front. In a city famous for fish tacos, Oscar’s are among the best. However, there are a number of other items that are equally deserving of the “best of” title.One of my favorites is the Taco Especial. A warm corn tortilla with a base of tender skirt steak and melted cotija cheese is filled with snappy shrimp, bay scallops, and hunks of fresh fish. All of that is then topped with a bright mix of cabbage, onion, tomato, cilantro slaw and slices of avocado. It stretches, but no one will judge you for the use of a fork.
Another item any regular will tell you to get is the Seafood Stew. Listen to them. A mildly spiced vegetable broth filled with spoon sized chunks halibut, marlin, shrimp, scallops, and fish of the day (octopus on my last visit). You’ll be surprised by just how much fish and flavor can fit into a small Styrofoam cup, especially given the price.
Those prices are another reason for the lines. Heads up – they’re cash only, and when nearly the entire menu is under $10 that only makes sense. I thought it was common knowledge that credit card fees cripple small businesses, but certain yelp reviewers never cease to amaze. But for those of us who appreciate a place like Oscar’s- there are just enough seats, tons of great food, a tip jar on the counter.
Other opinions? What’s your favorite spot for fish tacos and/or Mexican Seafood?