Things We Like: Restaurants: California Fish Grill

Where To Dine In Irvine

Irvine's California Fish Grill

California Fish Grill, fresh seafood eatery takes pride in serving the best tasting, freshest fish, by selecting only the highest quality seafood, having fish delivered daily and only using pure vegetable oil. Come enjoy the warm atmosphere for which California Fish Grill is known, as well as its exceptional seafood.”

Their words, not mine. That said, they pretty much nailed it both in description and in taste at the California Fish Grill in Irvine. Located at the corner of Culver and Barranca in the Crossroads Center, California Fish Grill stands out from the crowd, and that’s a good thing, since the crowds at lunch can quite often leave lines significantly out the door. The draw? Fresh fish and fair portions at a price that doesn’t leave you feeling like you took the bait for a sucker deal. How fair? The entire menu has only two items that are over $10. At a seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood, not Long John Silver’s.

The menu has a little something for everyone.

 

RIB ca fish grill ahi tuna cajun style

Ahi Tuna Cajun Style (courtesy Yelp)

Charbroiled platters include White Roughy (I was told that’s the most popular), Salmon, Trout, Ahi Tuna (served medium or Cajun seared rare), Mahi Mahi, Catfish, Swordfish, Halibut and Giant Shrimp. All charbroiled items are topped with garlic butter source or served Cajun style (the way Denise and I prefer) and include rice or fries along with a small portion of coleslaw and bread.

Fried Fish Combo Plate (courtesy Yelp)

More of a fried fish fan? Deep fried frenzies await you then. Choices include Shrimp, Scallops, Catfish and Calamari.

Fan of Wahoo’s or Rubio’s? Get ready to change teams after trying their burritos or tacos. Cajun Mahi, Grilled Shrimp and for you landlocked types, Chicken Burrito wraps can tie you over. A personal favorite of ours are the Cajun Salmon Tacos. Other taco options include Battered Fish, Shrimp, Mahi and Chicken.

Salads are on the menu as well. Cajun Salmon, Seared Ahi Tuna, Asian Shrimp and Crab Salads are all very tempting and eye pleasing options offered.

Sides include fries and sweet potato fries, a pretty solid New England clam chowder and the highly recommended Grilled Zucchini.

The restaurant is a fast-casual concept. You walk in, place your order, take your number, fill your drinks and grab a seat (if you can, remember it’s very, very busy around the lunch hour). Drinks come with unlimited refills and there’s a salsa bar which features a couple of surprisingly strong offerings for a fish restaurant. Cocktail and tartar sauces along with lemons and cilantro are offered as well for taste.

When the restaurant originally opened in late 2005, it was the chain’s 3rd or 4th location. They now have 6 locations. While not exclusive to our area, it’s been a welcome addition and has not seen many (if any) lonely days since arriving. We highly recommend it and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback.

CALIFORNIA FISH GRILL

3988 Barranca Parkway #B
Irvine, California 92606
Phone: 949-654-3838
Fax: 949-654-3858

Hours:
Mon. – Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Some other reviews of California Fish Grill:

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-fish-grill-irvine

Monster Munching: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/01/california-fish-grill-irvine.html

Griffin Eats OC: http://www.griffineatsoc.com/2009/03/california-fish-grill-foothill-ranch.html

Real Estate News You Can Use: 10 Reasons To Buy A Home

Real Estate

 

Note from Jon: I’ve cleaned out all the old entries with the relaunch of the blog here in July 2014.  That said, I left this one.  4 years later and most properties here in Irvine have gone up by 25%.  Is this guaranteed to happen again in the next 4 years? Of course not. That said, it’s a great time to explore and be ready to jump on the right opportunity here in Irvine, be it as a starter home, a long term residence or as an investment property.  We’re here to help.  Call or email us anytime and we can let you know the strengths and weaknesses (yes, nothing is perfect) about acting now. Thanks and enjoy – Jon

Time magazine is being overly pessimistic in its recent cover piece that called into question the benefits of homeownership. In fact, now is a great time to buy. And, what’s more, tomorrow will be a great time to own, because the fundamental strength of homeownership hasn’t changed.

Why is now a great time to buy? Here are 10 reasons:

1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They’re at a level that makes sense for people’s income.

2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.

3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.

4. It’ll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?

5. You can get a better home. In some markets, it’s simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.

6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.

7. It’s risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you’re goal is just to have a nice place to live.

8. It’s forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.

9. There is a lot to choose from. There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year’s supply. Now’s the time to find something you like and get it.

10. Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends (9/16/10)