I’ll admit that I usually avoid going to Pacific Beach (PB) because of all the college-kid shenanigans. But it really is beautiful there, especially in the daytime before the party animals have a chance to trash it. I know, I know – I’m being super harsh and judge-y. I, too, was a party animal once. Recently I’ve started exploring more of the North PB/Birdrock area, and now my eyes are open to a whole different side of PB that has a much mellower vibe.
Walking through Kate Sessions Memorial Park yesterday made me feel like I was in Seattle because of all the green space. Named for the late botanist, horticulturist, and landscape architect who lived in San Diego and was known as the “Mother of Balboa Park,” Kate Sessions Memorial Park is a great place to have a picnic, throw a frisbee, or let your kids and dogs run around. Since it’s located on a sloping hill, it has a beautiful view of the bay. There’s also a playground, lots of green grass (you have to specify in this crazy drought), and shade trees. It immediately makes me want a blanket and a book to curl up with.
After you’ve spent the day overlooking the water, head over to The Fishery in North PB to get your seafood fix. The Fishery is an all-in-one restaurant, market and seafood distributor. So whether you want to grab a snack at the bar, purchase fresh fish to prepare at home, or sit down for lunch or dinner, you’ll feel like you’re getting seafood straight from the source. The most popular menu items change with the season, but the Mr. Brown’s swordfish tacos and the Alaskan halibut & chips are year-round favorites. I loved the grilled swordfish entree, served with herbed mashed potatoes, baby kale, and a hearty chanterelle mushroom red wine sauce. And I must be ready for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving because the pumpkin cheesecake totally hit the spot. It came with a rich rum raisin sauce, spiced and candied pecans, and a quenelle of whipped cream. Get it before it’s gone!