San Diego is home to a lot of sushi restaurants, but there’s only one Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub. This Oceanside spot looks like a mix between a surf shack and an English pub, but it’s their unique take on sushi - think yellowtail served with chimichurri and specialty rolls topped with spicy berry sauce - that attracts so many regulars. The main reason to come here is for the omakase experience, which the chef customizes based on your preferences. Depending how hungry you are, it costs anywhere between $40 and $80 and provides a great overview of the entire menu.
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