Newport Avenue Yacht Club Restaurant
5060 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
Watch out, South Beach. You have serious competition – and right across the street! Monica – my live-in student – and I decided to try out the new restaurant because so many people have already told me about it. And the surprising thing is that it has only been in operation ten days! It didn’t take long for the word to spread about how good this restaurant is, and it can only get better. [We helped spread the word.]
Granted, at the present time the owner, John Rudolph, does not have a beer and/or wine license, but he welcomes his diners to bring in their own – no corkage fee – to enjoy while eating his succulent offerings. (He said it may take 6-9 months before a license is granted!)
The two fish offered this evening were Red Snapper and Salmon. They were both fresh; and can be served in one of 4 marinades – lemon butter, garlic butter, teriyaki and/or blackened. They can be had as a taco – $4.99; a sandwich – 6 ounces of grilled fish – $8.99; salad – $9.95.
I had mentioned to Ben, the delightful gentleman that took our order, that I wanted to try the Cioppino because it had been recommended to me, and before I knew it I had a large sample in my hand. (Yes, it was in a container!) And true to what I had heard, it was very, very good. Lots of fresh vegetables, lots of fish, and a very smooth broth.
Monica ordered two red snapper taco’s and they were grilled to perfection. Each one came on a corn tortilla, with a spicy salad on the side,fresh cut limes, and home-made salsa. The salsa was spicy – and she loved it.
I ordered a red snapper sandwich – served on sour-dough bread that had a nice yeasty flavor. The fish was fresh, seasoned well, and also served with the limes, salsa, and greens. We each opted to have fresh slices of avocado on our dinners, and for 95 cents it was worth the extra price.
Monica ordered a “Jarritos” – a Mexican soda that she really liked. She said it was so sweet and delicate, particularly compared to “Fanta.” In fact, she wondered if she could purchase it at any of our local markets. I asked for ice tea but they didn’t have any and so I opted for a bottle of water. Our total bill came to $26.
John – the owner – is a La Jolla native. He is one of 9 children and, in fact, his mother and father opened “Harry’s Coffee Shop” in La Jolla in 1960. He is also a part-owner of Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in Pacific Beach. Our server Ben has only been in San Diego for a few months. He came here from Ohio and much prefers mowing the grass to shoveling the snow.
I did not see any offerings of fried food – YEA! – nor did I see any French fries listed. I tried to find a telephone number to double check this phenomenon but could not find one. But…there is no question in my mind that even without a telephone number this place is going to be a winner. Check it out before the lines get to be too long. You’ll be glad you did!