Beach-town eats are plentiful along the coast of California; if you’re seeking fun atmosphere and good food, look no farther than Shore Rider Bar in La Jolla Shores. This quaint neighborhood in northern San Diego attracts vacationers, surfers, and beach-goers. Shore Rider is a short walk from the beach and just-right for a quick bite or a chill dinner after a day in the sun. We explored the surrounding shops and neighborhood before stopping in to try Street Tacos, a Veggie Quesadilla, and the famous One Pound Burrito.
Shore Riders offers a wide range of seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and salads as well, but our stomachs were drawn to Mexican fare thanks to recommendations from the locals. The bar and dining area were bustling with families, friends, and couples; but our food arrived quickly, thanks to an efficient, bubbly waitress.
Both the tacos and the quesadilla are offered as appetizers, but we assure you that the quesadilla is large enough for a meal. This veggie masterpiece is loaded with grilled poblano peppers, portobellos, chile verde cream, pico de gallo, jack cheese, and freshly sliced avocado. Stuffed to the max inside a flaky tortilla and accompanied by house-made salsa, this was our favorite dish of the evening.
Tacos are small, so we recommend ordering a bunch for sharing. We sampled the Baja Fish, Chicken Tinga, and Blackened Shrimp tacos. Each came in a single soft corn tortilla piled high with more ingredients then the base could hold. The Baja and Shrimp both came with a mango salsa that added a touch of unexpected but pleasant sweetness. The Baja Fish was lightly battered, fried and perfectly flaky while the shrimp were small but plentiful and evenly cooked to offer a smokey aroma with each bite. The Chicken Tinga is simply pulled chicken and was short on flavor, but great for a basic, pure taco experience.
Onto the most anticipated item: a One Pound Burrito. It filled our mouths with a variety of flavors including blackened shrimp, pulled chicken, grilled poblanos, onions, pico de gallo, jack cheese, guacamole, and chile verde cream. They’re all rolled into a flour tortilla and served with a side of guacamole and chips. This does not compare to authentic Mexican burritos offered in the San Diego area, but the flavors offer something new, unexpected, and quite enjoyable. The combination of chicken and shrimp reminds us of a surf and turf dish with a twist from the added sauces, salsa, and veggies. This burrito will fill you up in the best way and leave you satisfied and understanding what all the hype is about.
Family-friendly, fun atmosphere, great food, great service, and a good time: Shore Rider in La Jolla Shores is a good option for Mexican and seafood cravings.