In North County San Diego, seafood restaurants are a dime a dozen. Most cater to tourists, offering over-breaded, over-cooked, and over-priced options. Fish 101, on the other hand (opened by husband and wife chef team John and Jessica Park), specializes in seasonal, local, fresh, and sustainable fish and shellfish delicacies that target the locals and tourists alike.
Nestled along Leucadia’s “keeping-it-funky” stretch of Coast Highway, Fish 101 is easy to miss. The location and ambiance, however, offer the quintessential, laid-back, SoCal vibe. The menu includes fresh-tapped beer, wine, and house-made crème brûlée served in Mason jars; locally grown and grilled veggies; sashimi-style crudos; steamy bowls of chowder, shrimp and grits, and bouillabaisse; and home-cooked comforts like fish ‘n’ chips, po’ boys, and Baja-style tacos. The modest and unassuming Fish 101 is truly one of the shiniest and most valuable pearls in North County. Details: www.fish101restaurant.com