TJ Oyster Bar


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When you discover the little eateries with quality food, it is so rewarding. Most people might not get as excited as we do, but come on we do spend most of our time eating. You might assume that being so close to the border, we would have amazing Mexican food everywhere. That really isn't entirely true. There are some great places here in San Diego, but if I had a choice, I would much rather cross the border. TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita is a great little spot, that not only offers quality food, but the prices are also very reasonable.

As we approached TJ Oyster Bar, we already noticed the line out the door. The place is small, and of course has limited seating. We have stood and eaten tacos, probably more times that we have actually sat down, so to me it wasn't an issue. Looking around I noticed, that the majority of people had a fish taco (or two) on their plates. Speaking of plates, there is something about their food being served on Dixie plates, that made it just that much more of an experience. A good experience, in that you all of a sudden feel like you are at family get together. You can't resist ordering their fish tacos, especially the fact that they are only 99 cents. These fish tacos will not disappoint. The crispy battered fish is nestled inside of a corn tortilla, then topped with their tangy crema and garnished with cabbage and tomatoes. For being fried, the fish is surprisingly light. I loved that every bite was full of the crunch of the battered fish. Good tacos are a hard thing for me to resist. This day it was all about the self control. Just to let you know I did not stuff my face with 5 tacos, like my mind was telling me to. (At least this time around.)

TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita

Taco de camarón al ajo

Their garlic shrimp taco was loaded with plump and juicy shrimp. The garlic flavor was pleasant, and didn't overpower the other flavors in the taco. The fresh chopped cilantro, was really all it needed, but the crema added a nice creamy attribute. I would definitely order this taco again, especially for a lighter option to the fried fish.

TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita Tostada de Ceviche de Pescado

Warm days and fresh ceviche really are something special in my book. It is like an automatic craving that I get, anytime that the weather is above 72 degrees. Pretty precise craving don't you think? Round out the whole experience with an ice cold beer, and it's like a mini food induced vacation. Their fish ceviche was fresh, and full of a delightful acidity. My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it. With plenty of the tasty ceviche in each bite, and the crunch from the tostada it's a texture party just waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita

TJ Oyster Bar 4246 Bonita Rd. Bonita, CA.