Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle
Situated at the north end of Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia is an awesome little joint called Fish 101. They have great indoor and outdoor seating and one of the best happy hours in town! Well, their entire menu is actually extremely delicious, fresh, and unmuddled by unnecessary additives, but for today, I’m focusing on their awesome happy hour offerings. Tuesday through Friday from 4pm-6pm you can dine on any (or all) of their great happy hour delights including $1 oysters, $2.75 fish tacos (grilled or “Baja”), $5 wines on tap, $5 brown bag beers, and $4 Dos Equis on tap. It’s simple, it’s clean, it’s delicious.
I didn’t always enjoy oysters. Maybe its the fact that I don’t like the idea of not liking things, so I continually try to eat something until I enjoy it. Or maybe its my love of the poem ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ by Lewis Carroll (you know, in Alice and Wonderland when the Walrus and the Carpenter lure the baby oysters out of the ocean into their little hut where they devour them). Either way, I have slowly learned to enjoy these bivalves over the past few years. Actually, it’s safe to say now that I love oysters. So whenever I have the opportunity to come to the coast, or need a place to meet a friend, this is my go-to spot. The oysters are always fresh and delicious, and this time they were from Washington, which has to be my favorite exporter of these tasty sea treats. While the quality and taste of the oysters is of course top-notch, the best part is the mignonette sauce they’re served with- that’s something I really need to truly enjoy these slimy little morsels. The oysters are shucked fast, served traditionally over ice, and impossible to stop eating! In fact, it was so hard to stop eating them, that I am slightly ashamed to say I was forced to order a dozen more. But they’re only around 40 calories per half dozen, and packed full of iron and B12, so basically, I was being healthy.
Now, I really am not a huge fan of fish tacos. I do appreciate them as a southern California staple, and it isn’t that I dislike them necessarily, I just never really order them…unless I’m at Fish 101. Their fish tacos are perfect. You get a huge chunk of fish, perfect tortillas, and just enough toppings. They’re also served with an awesome green salsa and a very nice serving of guacamole (it puts Chipotle’s guac game to shame). You can get them either with grilled fish or Baja style, which is battered and fried. You can’t really go wrong wit either, but this time I felt like I had deserved a friend one. My husband went with one of each (then ordered another grilled one) and of course loved them both. We did step a little out of the happy hour realm and also ordered their poke appetizer, because we are utterly obsessed with poke and eat it whenever we can. The poke serves as a great appetizer and was thoroughly delicious.
Whether you are there for a date or with a large group, there really is something for everyone. They have an ever-changing selection of seafood, depending on what is in season and locally caught, that you can get with a great salad, grilled plate, or a number of other seafood based options, sandwiches and burgers. They have also really optimized the seating. There is a front covered patio, indoor seating, and a large outdoor patio in the back with high-tops and large picnic tables to accommodate any party size. My only advice, other than to order everything on the menu, is to get there early- this place gets busy as locals flock to get their happy hour seafood fix!