Diner Drivin - Part 14 and 15

On our San Diego vacation, HH had a few old haunts he wanted to share – The Godfather’s Restaurant, and Mr. Fish and Chips. He has been telling me about these two places for at least eight years.

So he picked The Godfather’s Restaurant for our anniversary this year. We don’t normally go to Italian places since Italian food (mainly red sauce) is not HH’s favorite. (Boy, he must really love me since one of my favorite things is making Art’s Special Sauce and using it for lasagna, pasta, pizza, etc.)

Anyway, he told me where it was and that is was kind of deceiving – well that was the truth! This place is stuck back in the corner of a strip mall off of busy Clairemont Mesa Blvd. After we parked and started walking toward the front, the fountain helped some, but one would normally still be skeptical – I wasn’t, I was with HH.

Anyway, the door opened and it was another place. The host met us and seated us right away. Then there was a procession on mature, male servers all in black suits, white shirts and ties.

We were in our own gazebo-type booth with a photo of The Godfather on the wall.

They started us off with fried zucchini spears.

HH ordered what he had been sooo waiting for – a sautéed chicken liver in white wine and onions, as that dish is NOT served at Holly’s Diner.

I had the ravioli in red sauce.

Oh my gosh, everything was so delicious. And when they finally figured out that the big obnoxious candle at our table was our anniversary candle (from our wedding), they sent us home with a piece of raspberry cake – oh so good.

HH’s other stop was a few days later, but also in Clairemont. It was Mister Fish and Chips. As we drove up, he started to panic; it wasn’t where it was supposed to be! But I saw it right way – the grocery store had taken the space there the original restaurant was so they just moved over a few doors.

I ordered a piece of fish and onion rings, HH ordered two pieces of fish and zucchini.

Although the baskets didn’t look that diverse in color, texture or variety they were absolutely delicious. After our fish and chips “tour” last year in Seattle, and trying fish and chips all around town when we can, this stuff is definitely worth returning for.

The tempura batter was so light and crispy. Not oily or greasy, just deep-fried deliciousness. We will definitely have to stop again – after vacation.

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