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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rockin' Baja Lobster - Review #1

Rockin' Baja Lobster
258 Harbor Dr S
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 967-6199

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SPECIAL NOTE (November 28, 2009): This entry was originally a writeup (dated April 13, 2007) by a guest reviewer of the Rockin' Baja in Oceanside but it didn't have any pictures. Rockin' Baja has recently opened a location in Huntington Beach so I am adding my pictures from that location to the original review.

Checking in with her first guest review is "Brekkie Fan," who has a MySpace Blog on which she typically covers Orange County food. This review is about Rockin' Baja in Oceanside but there's also one in Newport Beach so much of what she says will apply to both locations.

After the race we are just dying of hunger. Danielle medaled in her division, so we waited around for the awards ceremony before heading out to the harbor. There were a plethora of options, but we were set on Rockin' Baja Lobster. I've been to the Newport Pier locale and really took to how relaxed it was. Leave your attitude at the host stand, this is a place to drink, relax, and have some seafood.

If the race didn't drain us enough - we chose to dine out on their patio and allowed the ocean breeze to mellow us out even more. There were margaritas and mojitos all around, and the margaritas won. We munched on the Baja Sampler Platter first. My palatte couldn't handle half the items, so I'll tell you what I did try. The lobster taquitos were all shell, little meat. Their cheese quesadilla was normal. The guac would've been excellent if we only recieved more chips in a timely manner.

Danielle and Carolyn both got themselves the Signature Baja Buckets. The seafood (whether it's slipper lobster tails, King Crab, Snow Crab, shrimp, or lobster) is flash fried first, then seasoned in a blend of Mexican spices before being served in a steel bucket. I remember Carolyn getting the Combo Shrimp & Slipper Tail bucket. That was a lot of work......and food!

I remember the guys getting some the the Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steak and loving it. I went the less messy route and attacked the Tres Tacos del Patron (San Felipe style) - a combo of batter dipped shrimp and slipper lobster tails inside flour tortillas with tomato, cilantro, cabbage, avocado and cilantro-lime sauce. The unlimited Caesar salad and fresh salsa bar was nothing to get excited over. Between that and the extra flour tortillas (or the ranchero beans and Mexican rice), we had enough filler for the rest of the day.

While the service was slower than I would've liked, I don't think you could beat the price. Very few items topped over $20. The 'beachy' music and colorful setting made things nice and low-key. Dessert didn't interest me. I just walked a few doors over and chilled at the local ice cream shoppe.

Thanks, Brekkie Fan!

Rockin' Baja Lobster
7811 Edinger Ave., Suite 100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 892-3852

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