Dine In & Takeout Happy Hour: Original Fish Company

As we all know Orange County has begun reopening amid a pandemic that is still ravaging the country. I personally don’t think that things should be opening back up, but I’m glad that restaurants that have been struggling can start rebuilding themselves. That being said please stay safe and healthy if you do go out into the world because we must think of others.

Sign at entrance

A little background on this Happy Hour Adventure. My dad sent me the Original Fish Company’s Happy Hour menu link saying we should give it a go. I suggested we give them a call to see if they would be able to honor Happy Hour To Go. We found out that they can do Happy Hour drinks for takeout but not food. That is when we came up with a plan.

View of the Kitchen

We decided we would sit down for a drink and order all the Happy Hour food we wanted. Instead of eating it there, we would just get boxes for everything so we could just pack up and take it home.

As you walk in one can see the action of the kitchen through the window. I enjoy it when any restaurant has an area to view into the kitchen to see how it operates.

Seafood Grocer

Another unique feature of the restaurant was that you could actually by some fresh seafood to cook up yourself in the comfort of your own home. I’m sure having this setup was very beneficial when most restaurants were closed for dine-in.

 

The bar

The bar is quite elegant with the granite bar top to the unique dangling chandelier above the tv. I also love the color scheme of how they set up the liquor bottles. It really gives it a brighter pop.

Happy Hour Food Menu
Happy Hour Food Menu

I feel like it has been forever since I last took a picture of a physical menu. Not sure if you can tell, but the menu is made out of paper. This allows it to be single-use to prevent germs from being spread around.

Beer and Wine
Cocktails

The drinks, at least the cocktails, are a little more on the pricier side of things with price points that average around $8.

Mango-tini

We put in our order for food and while we eagerly waited we indulged in some refreshments. I started off with the Mango-tini. It was the most unique sounding of the drinks on the menu, so I had to go for it. One can really taste the fruity mango puree blended throughout this vodka-based martini. The puree made this drink slightly thick, almost as if I was drinking an alcoholic smoothie.

Pomegranate-tini

The other cocktail ordered was the Pomegranate-tini. However, this one was ordered on the rocks in the fashion of my dad. This drink reminded me of the Pomegranate Margarita from my Silver Trumpet Happy Hour Adventure. Actually the very first Happy Hour Adventure I went with my dad on. It had that slight twinge of pomegranate flavoring, but again this was a vodka-based drink, so I think I enjoyed this more than the margarita.

Shrimp and Bay Scallop Ceviche

Since we didn’t get the boxes right away when our food arrived, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to take pictures in the way they were meant to be presented. First was a shrimp and bay scallop ceviche. The ceviche was very tomato heavy, but the fresh bits of seafood made it all worth it. Having the fresh housemade tortilla chips to scoop up the ceviche allowed for a crunch with the salt of the sea to make it that much tastier. Plus the lemon added a great citrusy note for the dish overall.

Maine Lobster Taco

The Maine Lobster taco was probably the most delicious item that was ordered for this Adventure. The lobster was poached in butter which made each and every bite decadent. The avocado, cotija cheese, and créme were the perfect additions for that lovely creaminess to the dish. It is always nice to have a taco served on a fresh tortilla as well to hold everything together.

Crispy Cod Taco

This was the item my dad got for his portion of the meal, the crispy cod taco. I didn’t get to try it, but just looking at the beautifully fried exterior I knew it would be delicious. Plus that Verde salsa on top as it gently lays on the fish looks very fresh.

Crab Cake Slider

I have had plenty of crab cakes in my life but I don’t think I have ever had the opportunity of having it in a slider format. I thought this would be my moment to try, especially if that crab cake is sitting between two wonderful glistening buns. The crab cake was a nicely seared with that perfect caramelized exterior. Of course, any crab cake must be served with some aioli, but I don’t think the aioli shined through.

Wagyu Beef Sliders

Last, but not least, Wagyu beef sliders. These sliders were very heavy on the arugula, which is overflowing from the slider. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means I get extra veggies to think I’m being healthy. Luckily one can spot the oozing cheddar cheese as it cascades down on the patty. One thing though is by the time the sliders got home the garlic aioli had pretty much dried up. I always love a good garlic aioli, but it is one of the things that is sacrificed when getting food to go.

The entrance

To be honest, even sitting in the restaurant for that little bit of time felt very uncomfortable. Just seeing how many people were in the restaurant was very discomforting to me. I had my mask on the entire time even when sitting down at the bar. I only took it off to take a sip from my drink then immediately put it back on. Even though we were far away from all the other patrons it is still unknown what one may come into while dining out. I think I’ll just stick to getting food for takeout right away instead of ordering then getting it to go. I can’t wait till I am able to eat out and not have to worry about COVID-19 but I’m sure we have quite a while to go.

Website: Original Fish Company

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What is your stance on dining out given the times we are living in currently? Are you ready to go out or will you continue just getting takeout like myself?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share to friends that would enjoy this Happy Hour

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

 

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  1. Imo, if you can help it, don't eat out. I work in a restaurant and I can tell you from the inside that majority of the safety precautions are fake. I'd say don't even get takeout if you really wanna play it safe. Now, I'm forced to go into work at a restaurant everyday amongst customers that have never cared. I've never been protected from day 1 so there's not much point to me starting now, so I've been going out. But to ppl in safer situations than mine, stick to just regular groceries. To answer your question.

  2. Yes. The regulations they have to follow while preparing your food are still likely not being observed. Safer bets are probably locally owned restaurants as opposed to corporations. I work for a chain and I know that the pressure from higher ups for short service times mean that health regulations do not get observed and probably any other corporation is the same. Things like putting food on trays to hand it to you instead of handing a bag of food to you directly, like, how much does that truly help? Someone in the restaurant had to put it on the tray. And how often are they washing that tray if at all? Stuff like that. My boss called it "safety theatre" because literally it's there to fool you.

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