1Ahi Tiny Tacos
The Beachcomber Cafe
Crispy, consistent, and nicely presented. Plus, that stunning view. Add a bloody mary or mojito and it’s a complete package.
—Laurent Vrignaud, founder, Moulin
2 Panko-crusted Grilled Whitefish
Bear Flag Fish Co.
Though the fish is grilled, the panko and cabbage add crunch that balances well with creamy avocado and a squirt of fresh lemon.
—Robert Hagopian, co‑founder, The Butchery
3 Battered Pollock
California Fish Grill
The fish is fresh and first‑rate, and I do like the crunchy texture the batter adds to the taco. Perhaps I just love anything fried.
—Julie Chung, food photographer, founder of SnapTaste
4 Flounder Pounder
Best with the sweet‑spicy 5150 sauce. Add a pineapple craft cider, and it’s summer in a meal.
—Dustin De Leon, sales manager, Ace Premium Craft Cider
5 Blackened Calamari
These are my order when I meet my son for lunch at the original Costa Mesa location. I’ve been selling to founder Ivan Calderon for decades.
—Tom White, buyer-manager, seafood department, Ingardia Brothers Produce