Bear Flag Fish Co.

It’s been a long time comin’, but I’ve finally tried Bear Flag Fish Co.! After hearing loads of positive feedback, it’s been on my list forever! I recently moved to Irvine, so all of these restaurants on the “south” side of OC are a lot more accessible to me now.

After a long hike at Crystal Cove, I stopped by Bear Flag. Poke on the brain, I knew I was going to order some. When I saw that a pound was going to set me back about $20, I settled for the 1/2 pound at around $9 and a couple fish tacos also around the same price.

The Poke was good, reminded me of Hawaiian poke you can get at the grocery stores there. I’d get it again as it wasn’t fishy and was a light but still filling “meal”.

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My Mahi Mahi fish tacos were really good. Probably one of the better fish tacos of my life. The fish was tasty and definitely fresh. Topped with pico de gallo, slaw and their special sauce, it was nothing short of everything you could want.

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My friend ordered a Mahi Mahi burrito that looked amazing. It was a HUGE serving, so I would say it’s money well spent. Includes rice, beans, fish, sauce and some fixins just like the tacos. YUM.

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So, would I come back? Yes. But only on a weekend that followed a payday!

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Fit for a Queen

The legendary Royal Hawaiian was around, and then not around, but eventually came around again. Known for their famous Lapu-Lapu’s, I’ve been wanting to visit to get my hands on the rum filled drink.

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SO GOOD. And SO STRONG. If you’re anything like me, all you need is one of these babies to get a good buzz going. Two? It would probably knock me down flat. Due to this drink, I needed to also order food.

Presenting Coconut Shrimp! Free with Yelp Check-in 😉 They were crispy, not overly coconut-y and the sweet and sour chili sauce it came with was REAL good. unnamed-2Even the little slaw that it came with really complimented everything. I would recommend this as a starter, but if you’re looking for something a little more Instagram worthy, I’d go for the Ahi Poke served in a coconut shell.

As my main course, I decided on the Hoisin Glazed Babyback Pork Spareribs. Served with pineapple-macadamia fried rice and veggies. unnamedSticky ribs are one of my favorite comfort foods and the sauce on this paired perfectly with my tropical drink.

My only cons about this place is that it’s very loud. I would not recommend for an intimate date, but if you’re looking to grab a drink at the bar with friends, you’re guaranteed a fun time. They even have a photo booth that generates fun .gifs.

Another con is that it is expensive. It’s Laguna Beach, so, it’s to be expected but honestly if I didn’t have a gift card to cushion the blow, I’m not sure if I would have thought it was worth it. Again, if you’re here just for drinks – it’s worth every penny.

If you want to be transported to a Hawaiian tiki bar with authentic feels, I encourage you to take a drive down.