Fish 101 in Leucadia has been on my list of places for a while, The Chef / Owners John and Jessica Park are highly thought of in the North County Chef community for producing fresh, local, well prepared food and John’s name had been brought up to me a few times when planning the North County Chefs’ Dinners. I was in the area so decided to stop by and have lunch on a slightly overcast afternoon.
John was a sushi chef at cafe Japengo in San Diego. Chefs Davin Waite of Wrench and Rodent as well as James Montejano of La Valencia are also Japengo alumni, if you get a chance ask them about it; pretty wild times. After Japengo John was Chef Co-Owner of Tokyo Go-Go a popular sushi spot in San Francisco before opening Fish 101.
Jessica Park worked at Home in San Francisco previously and creates all of 101’s house made desserts.
The restaurant uses a counter order service model. You order, take a number for your table and sit at either the front or back patio or indoor seating area. This is fine when slow but leads to lines out the door on weekends. Though it does move quickly.
The menu consists of fresh oysters, a catch of the day, which can be served as a sandwich, tacos, a plate with sides or on any salad, plus fish and chips as well as few other items and daily house made desserts. They have a good beer and wine list and a happy hour that runs Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 6 and features $1 fresh shucked oysters.
Local Halibut, Grilled Romaine Salad with Crutons, Asiago, Fried Capers, and Lemon and Garlic Anchovy Dressing.
The Halibut was a thin filet and I was worried it would be overcooked but it came out perfect. I did not use the tartar sauce and ate it with just a little lemon.
The dressing for the salad was a little tart and could have been balanced better, I think it was too heavy on the capers, chopping up the salad helped it not be too overpowering for the Romaine.
Salad post chopping.
I also had an Arnold Palmer made with their house made lemonade which was very good.
468 N. Coast Hwy 101
Leucadia, CA 92024