ADVENTURE: Catalina Fish Kitchen (Costa Mesa, CA)

In our continuous effort to explore the city we work in, Geoff brought up that he had caught a conspicuous sign for a seafood spot within walking distance of our office. Hungry for lunch, we took to the street and headed over to the Catalina Fish Kitchen for a late lunch. We didn’t know what to expect, seeing an island vibe pouring out of an industrial office buildout can be quite off-putting.

The place was packed, littered with hipster runoff, local members of the business community and firemen — we took that as a sign the food was good, so we got in line and ordered up.

For starters, I went in on some Red Chowder, and Rudy jumped on some Spicy Vegetable Gumbo:

Pictured above is an order of Noserider Nachos, a sloppy concoction of tortilla chips, Cheddar Jack Cheese, black beans, diced tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream.

A shot of Geoff’s Kona Bowl (above) and Rudy’s Ahi Kona Bowl (below):

I opted for a taste of the Bay Shrimp Kona Bowl:

With a salsa bar that would make whole-in-the-wall Mexican joints envious, a fun interior masked by an off-the-beaten-path location and a reasonable price point for the amount and quality of food, Catalina Fish Kitchen is a spot you have to check out:


Catalina Fish Kitchen

670 W 17th St
Ste G8
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

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