Restaurant Review: Marina Kitchen in San Diego

Ashley Walton —  August 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

One of the secrets of ComicCon: the nearby hotels are some of the coolest places you can hang out. We spent several evenings lounging in the Marriott Marquis and Marina bar, surrounded by bustling attendees and celebrities, and we loved taking a break from the Con to lunch at the Marina Kitchen, also located at the Marriott.

For lunch, we couldn’t help but start with their warm potato chips, which are covered in cheese and crispy prosciutto, with a chive crème fraiche on the side. The warm housemade chips in and of themselves were excellent, but add all that other goodness? Forget about it. It was love.

(warm potato chips)

We had the flat iron steak salad with butter lettuce, arugula, and roasted tomatoes. The touch that made it above and beyond: a house-made balsamic bleu cheese dressing.

(flat iron steak salad)

We also had a delicious mahi mahi sandwich, with avocado, lettuce, and remoulade. The piece of fish was large, juicy, and perfectly cooked, with a lovely bun and crispy fries.

(mahi mahi sandwich)

We highly recommend visiting the food establishments at the Marriott Marquis and Marina during ComicCon. There are always interviews going on, geeks itching to get down with trivia, and people ready to make friends. After you eat and mingle, you can also stop by the Nintendo gaming lounge (also located in the Marriott) for some smackdowns and goofy dancing. But the place is also a great destination during the non-ComicCon season. The Marina Kitchen is streamlined and comfortable, with a beautiful view of the ocean. And the food has an attention to detail that makes it far above what you’d expect from a seemingly simple menu.

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