After spending Saturday morning teaching Bar Method, I set off to run a few errands. It was one of those rare rainy, gray mornings that make southern Californians feel like they’ve got seasons, as if they, too, are stumbling clumsily through winter with the likes of Chicago and Detroit and Minneapolis. (An aside: Of course, I had to dress the part in my new Hunter rain boots — dolphin squeal!)
The rain had slowed to a drizzle by the time I was winding my way down Morena Boulevard, homeward bound after my customary weekend Costco trip (oh, Saturday). The purpose of this lazy Saturday drive was really to show my mother, newly transplanted from the Midwest and riding shotgun, a freeway alternative to our favorite big-box retailer. Famished from an hour spent fending off wayward carts (and the shoppers pushing them), I took an errant left turn on Ashton Street and found myself at Bay Park Fish Company, which my server later informed me is “way better” than its local fishery competitors in Point Loma. BPFC boasts an impressive happy hour menu, with $3 fish tacos, $6 basic sushi rolls (with fresh fish, people!) and $8 ceviche (among other goodness) from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. The service was attentive without crossing the line to annoying, and the walls are adorned with great local paraphernalia (including the original Bay Park tract map, which thrilled the real estate lawyer in me).
Onto the food: My mom and I split the American tuna melt ($13) comprised of pole-caught albacore with green and red onions, sharp Cheddar, and tomato on buttered sourdough and accompanied by fries and slaw:
Though pressed, our server wouldn’t reveal the exact makeup of the tuna concoction. Good soldier! Other items of note on the menu: the calamari torta ($10), swordfish picatta ($27), and lobster ravioli ($28). And, of course, I’d be remiss in signing off without noting that BPFC’s fish market features locally caught yellowtail and halibut fished from the waters off Ensenada and San Diego and PEI mussels and Manila clams raised at the Carlsbad Aquafarm.
Bay Park Fish Company is located at 4121 Ashton Street, just off West Morena Boulevard in Bay Park. The dining room opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., while the fish counter opens one hour earlier, at 10 a.m. The sushi bar (must try!) is open daily from 3 to 9 p.m., with happy hour specials from 3 to 6.