Ceviche is a unique seafood dish that has swum into the mainstream in recent years. Originating from Peru, it’s most popular in the coastal regions of Central and South America. It’s made by marinating ultra-fresh, fish in citric acid. Firm fish and shellfish like shrimp, white fish, mahi mahi and scallops are best as they hold up better than a flakier option. The acid essentially “cooks” the fish through the chemical process. Zest it up with a bit of cilantro, onions and chili, serve up with some tortilla chips, and you’ve got ceviche!
On June 28th, celebrate National Ceviche Day with the following local restaurants reeling with particular fish dishes:
Why make the classic dish yourself when you can enjoy it, served to you, while you’re soaking up the sun by the beach? Pacific Beach AleHouse’s patio is calling your name! While best known for their house-brewed beer, Pacific Beach AleHouse has gained recognition as the go-to dining spot along the beach. Grab a seat on their rooftop deck and order their Shrimp Ceviche. This perfect summer appetizer is completed with chopped avocado and warm tortilla rounds. PB AleHouse proves that you can enjoy your ceviche with a view!
The heart of Pacific Beach is also home to a beach-inspired lounge serving up the favorite dish. Known for their gastropub-inspired cuisine and variety of micobrews, The Duck Dive is a classic gem that masters the laid-back atmosphere while still achieving culinary excellence. The Scallop Ceviche is a perfect example. The fresh sea scallops are marinated in lemon juice and mixed with cilantro, cucumber, tomato, avocado and chili oil. The Duck Dive’s house-made chips complete the ceviche dish and celebrating wouldn’t be the same without it.
You can’t think of fresh fish and San Diego without thinking of The Fish Shop. Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s sole purpose is to provide the freshest fish in town, and with their boatload of selections to choose from, they succeed. Ceviche is a signature menu item and the restaurant offers of two separate versions: the Shrimp Ceviche and the Mahi Mahi Ceviche. Both can be ordered in either a small or large size and are served with chips. The Fish Shop’s ceviche is the essential summer appetizer or the perfect pairing to your fish taco.
Pacific Beach isn’t the only place this seafood dish and dazzling ocean views can be found. La Jolla offers up a hidden jewel of its own. Prospect Bar + Grill boasts colorful cuisine, endless entertainment, hand-crafted drinks and of course, beautiful views of the coast. Perched on the second-story and overlooking the famed Prospect Street, this lively spot appeals to tourists and locals alike. The Prospect Ceviche has fresh shrimp and white fish mixed with onions, cucumber, lemon and, to spice it up, some Serrano Chiles. You won’t be able to say no to this rich starter.
Take a flavor adventure to Baja California with a Puerto Nuevo spin on ceviche. Located in Hillcrest, Ortega’s, a Mexican Bistro, is providing regional specialties that you can’t find anywhere else. The fresh Baja Shrimp Ceviche captures the essence of the popular South American dish while having a unique Ortega’s spin to it. On Ceviche Day, mention their Facebook ad and receive a free Bohemia, Negra Modelo, or Corona Light to go with your fresh ceviche(specials exclude happy hour). Celebrate this time-honored dish on its special day without having to cross the border.
Concluding the ceviche search in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, a spin on the classic fish lovers dish is found in none other than a top-notch eatery. With its philosophy and menu drawling heavily from two barroom staples, bourbon and beer, barleymash doesn’t disappoint. The Citrus Vodka Ceviche combines white fish, fresh squeezed citrus juices, cucumber-salsa fresca, and guacamole with citrus vodka. The vodka gives the ceviche a kick and makes it a one-of-a-kind culinary creation that can’t be missed.