Richard Scheinin, Mercury News
I walked into Back Porch Fabrics (157 Grand Ave.), a destination for quilters, and felt like I was inside a kaleidoscope; floor-to-ceiling, the place dazzles with color. I also discovered that there are good eats for reasonable money in this high-end town: $10.95 for real-deal shrimp fajitas at Peppers Mexicali Cafe (170 Forest Ave., a popular spot with locals); $20 for shrimp in black pepper rum sauce, on the dinner menu at Passionfish (701 Lighthouse Ave.); or $9.95 for bacon-wrapped meat loaf (come, O ye carnivores) on the early-bird menu at the Beach House Restaurant (620 Ocean View Blvd.), overlooking Lover’s Point, where the town celebrates its birthday every July with the Feast of Lanterns.
WHERE TO EAT
Beach House Restaurant, 620 Ocean View Blvd., 831-375-2345
Fandango Restaurant, 223 17th St., 831-372-3456
Jeninni Kitchen and Wine Bar, 542 Lighthouse Ave., 831-920-2662
Passionfish, 701 Lighthouse Ave., 831-655-3311
Pepper’s Mexicali Cafe, 170 Forest Ave., 831-373-6892