The first time I ate at La Playita Seafood was almost 15 years ago now - it was my first Mexican mariscos experience in San Diego. I fondly remember chowing through a "Tostada Loca" on my first visit.
It had been a long time since I last ate there, but it has remained in the back of my mind as a place I needed to return to. A friend of ours now lives within walking distance, so one day we decided that it was time for a visit.
Tucked back away from the street in a mini-mall on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, La Playita is a tiny place, with a few tables inside and one outside.
The menu is pretty much as I remember it - including the aforementioned "Tostada Loca":
Our lunch was comprised of selections from the Tostada and Taco sections of the menu.
The "La Playita House" tostada comes heaped with a mixture of shrimp and bay scallops, with a few strands of surimi and a chunk of avocado on top:
The shrimp were good, but the scallops, while fresh and nicely textured, didn't have much flavor. Some hot sauce helped a lot.
The "Fish Mixta" was shrimp and fish, again with some surimi and avocado:
We also had a couple of tacos. The Gobernador had grilled shrimp with peppers and cheese. It didn't look like much (unless you find pepto-bismol colored sauce more appetizing than I do), but it was actually very good.
Their shrimp taco comes battered and fried, with a bit of savory rice hidden underneath. Again, very tasty.
La Playita is definitely worth a visit - there aren't many places like it in the area (are there any others?). We're planning on not taking so long to revisit again next time!
La Playita Seafood 5185 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 858-565-2300