Like an island oasis in a fishless sea—to belabor a simile—Spike’s Fish House in Rancho Santa Margarita, cheekily tucked right next door to a Rubio’s, brings simple, fresh, reasonably-priced seafood to the land of the fast-casual. Choose your fish, choose your delivery system: sandwich, salad, rice (white or brown) bowl, wrap. Tacos and sliders and poke, too. The grilled ahi sandwich, properly pink in the middle, is exactly the type of thing you order because it’s so GOOD, rather than merely convenient and well-priced ($12.99; price varies by type of fish). And good news for another far corner of Orange County… the Laguna Niguel/Aliso Viejo area gets its own Spike’s soon, replacing an erstwhile Pasta Bravo on Alicia Parkway.
Spike’s Fish House, 30465 Avenida de las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949-766-3382.