This place must be crazy!
Crazy Fish Grill, 12420 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach (562) 489-9411 www.crazyfish.com/location/ seal-beach/ Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
by Donna Gambol
Who would open a fast-food fish restaurant during a pandemic? Crazy Fish. Who would open a fast-food fish restaurant right next door to Rubio’s, also a fast-food restaurant that serves seafood? Crazy Fish.
Who would buy ads in the LW Weekly offering 10 percent off on Mondays and daily free drinks to LW residents? Crazy Fish.
Who would promote batterfried fish and French fries to a bunch of old folks? Crazy Fish.
They’re absolutely crazy—and I believe I’m crazy about them.
Crazy Fish seems to me a few steps ahead of Rubio’s. Their diverse menu offers not only wonderful, fresh fish and seafood specialties, but also a broad selection of items ranging from burgers and chicken sandwiches to salads and bowls to burritos and taco plates that come with house slaw, rice and beans.
Tilapia, rockfish, sea bass, rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon, yellow fin tuna, swordfish, mahimahi, Alaskan Salmon and jumbo shrimp are all grilled to order, plus, there’s calamari, New England clam chowder and poke. Alongside the fish, whether you choose grilled or blackened, you can get Cajun butter, garlic butter, chimichurri or seasoned olive oil.
Entrées range from $9.95- $14.95, but that includes two generous sides of your choice, be it white rice, coleslaw, black beans, French fries, brown rice or grilled zucchini. Premium sides—such as Brussels sprouts, sweet potato fries or a side salad—cost an additional $1.75. And all the sides are available à la carte, ranging in price from $1.95-$3.95.
But what about taste? I’ve had their salmon, swordfish and tuna, and each meal was great. The black beans are flavorful and perfectly prepared, and the coleslaw features thin slices of apple and mango bits.
There are also locations in San Pedro and Redondo Beach. But at the Seal Beach outpost, you can eat inside or on some nice tables set up on the walkway. You can even order takeout, pick-up or via Door Dash.
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