Just home from another great evening at King's Fish House in Carlsbad. We've been going there for about 8 years now, and have never once been disappointed in the food or service. The location is great - about half a mile from the beach, right across from the Carlsbad Factory Outlets. There's plenty of parking. They have a more formal dining side with an outside patio; there's also a great bar with less formal tables and booths and another outdoor eating area.
Their specialty is, of course, fresh fish and a large variety of sushi. They have a dozen or so fresh fish options nightly, prepared just about any way you like it, plus other options like coconut shrimp, a curry dish, shrimp & scallops skewers, etc.- it's really a huge menu. There is a nice variety of salads and side dishes - all the usual potatoes, coleslaw,mac & cheese, etc. plus a great sauteed fresh spinach. Everything is served with warm sourdough bread and butter. There are a few non-fish items, but we've never tried them. There's a full bar menu.
If we're not in the mood for a full meal, we have a cup of the clam chowder (the best we've had anywhere, including extensive travel in New England) and a Crunchy Lobster Roll. The roll is about 8 pieces, lobster and crisp fresh asparagus in the center, rice on the outside, then a thin coating of very fine crispy break crumbs - out of this world! The perfect grand finale is a shared order of their Bread Pudding. Neither of us thought we liked bread pudding, but had it served to us once for a birthday celebration, and we're now hooked. It's just the perfect texture and melts in your mouth,
Prices are moderate/high - 2 clam chowders, 2 lobster rolls, 1 bread pudding, 4 glasses of wine - about $70.
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