Cody’s: Brunch with the Sea Lions
8030 Girard Ave., La Jolla, San Diego, CA
I’ve finally found a lobster roll that tops my beloved one from Oakville’s The Mermaid and the Oyster. Right beside the beach in La Jolla is Cody’s, a quaint little yellow house in the middle of paradise; perched on a corner block in the shade of big palm trees is a large patio soaking up that irresistible California sun. Cody’s deeply reminded me of North Vancouver’s Arm’s Reach Bistro. There’s something so much more relaxing and soothing about the pace of Southern California, the attitude of the locals and just that tropical smell of the beach everywhere. It’s like people here have all day here, and they do, the days are long, it’s always sunny and warm, and there’s never a rush to do anything.
We made the trip up to La Jolla Cove to see the sea lions sunbathing on the beach. We were happy to find that Cody’s is a mere 5 minute walk away from the Cove. We were able to visit the sea lions on the beach as we waited for our table. Who needs overpriced Sea World when you can just scope out the adorable, floppy sea lions frolicking beach side.
You know what I love about restaurants in San Diego? There’s always some sort of complimentary, refreshing drink for customers as they wait for their table. At Cody’s, it was cucumber water, chilled and available with ice and cups beside the hostess’s post at the front of the restaurant.
We only had to wait 15 to 20 minutes for our table and we were seated right on the sunny patio. We shared a scrumptious lobster roll and an equally delicious crab cake benedict.
I was amazed to find that the lobster roll was huge! Literally spilling full of the juiciest, meatiest lobster chunks I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t wait to dig in! There were so many large pieces of lobster stuffed into this buttery roll, that I ended up eating most of it with a fork before I even got a chance to bite into the sandwich.
There’s something tastier and more seductive about the meatier Maine lobster over our dainty and delicate West Coast lobsters. What I also loved about this lobster roll was that it was very lightly dressed, letting the delectable seafood shine through. I barely paid attention to anything else on the plate, I was too distracted by this perfect lobster roll.
The crab cake benny was also very delicious. The English Muffin was a little too toasted for my taste but I loved the tender and moist crab. Maybe it’s a Southern California thing but this was one of the most lightly dressed bennys I’ve ever had. I liked it through, this breakfast sandwich was all about the crab and nothing more.
I would gladly eat at Cody’s again! The service was wonderful – they didn’t charge us for pineapple juice since they claimed not to have any on hand at first, but a few minutes later, found some in the back.
Plus everything just tastes better with the hot sun on your back and sea breeze in the air. Cody’s is a definite must if you’re in San Diego. And don’t forget to visit the sea lions while you’re in the neighbourhood!