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May 30, 2010 09:32 PM

Catch of the Day - Huntington Beach

The front of this cozy place among other shops in a stripmall is as non-descript as you can get, but step inside the dining area and you might just feel like you're somewhere on the eastern seaboard in a town time left behind. For those who love a homey spot with lots of quaint signs and other seaside decor you'll have plenty to browse at. Casual attire is fine.

Cozy booths line the sides and several tables shore up the middle; we were invited to choose our own seating. Ice water arrived without asking and warm bread arrived a few minutes later. The requested iced teas appeared promptly and included a small flask to refill our glasses as needed. The tea, which at first glance appeared rather weak, was actually just right for the seafood, not too brisk to overpower the more delicate fish flavors. There was also an extensive beer and wine list.

Our dinners included a choice of soup or salad, and we decided on the New England clam chowder. We received not small cups but wide bowls of soup! Despite being shallow, there was a generous serving of chowder, tasty but neither too thick nor too rich, though the ingredients were chopped quite finely compared to most chowders.

Dinners included two sides with a variety to select from. Watching my carbs, I opted for the coleslaw and fresh cooked vegetables, hubby got the cheese-baked potato and coleslaw. The coleslaw was a mild version, neither sweet nor tart - which, like the tea, did not overpower the fish entree.

Hubby opted for the macadamia crusted halibut, and I went with the macadamia crusted flounder. Both of us enjoyed our selections - the flounder being milder in taste which I prefer. Both were very fresh tasting and generous sized portions, cooked to perfection.

Service was friendly, and food arrived in a timely fashion, though when we arrived (Sunday evening) there were only a few other tables occupied. As more groups came in it was obvious from their greetings that several patrons were well-known to the proprieter, a friendly man who takes pride in serving his customers. The only other staff we saw was a woman (presumably his wife) who was efficient and attentive, so can't really judge how well the service would be on a busier night.

A cozy neighborhood spot for delicious, fresh fish, well-prepared; nothing fancy or austentatious here in the way of presentation, just a generous serving of fish at a fair price. We'll be back.

Catch of the Day
6854 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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  1. is this the joint that it's the same minimall as Mangia Mangia? but in the opposite side of the mall from mangia mangia? if so, did it just open.???


    oh, and what are the prices for the dishes you got?

    5 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      No, it's on the same corner as the former EXPO home center, in the little strip mall (perpendicular to Edinger).

      In the $15 to $17 range each but they have a range of other menu options, if I recall correctly, from about $10 - $20.

      1. re: Joani Macaroni

        We like Catch of the Day too and go there quite often. I kind of wish you hadn't mentioned it though as I hate to see it get real crowded especially since they really don't have much room for waiting customers! Their shrimp tempura are very good as well as any of their fresh fish meals.

        Catch of the Day
        6854 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

        1. re: Joani Macaroni

          anyone know if its open for lunch too?

        2. re: kevin

          Hey Kevin,

          YES - you are correct. It is in the same center as you mentioned - next to De Simone.

          They have been open for quite some time now.

          I have never tried it but would like to know that Joani weighed in on it.

          I can remember back when the store that is now the Smart & Final was a ZODY'S. I used to love getting the popcorn their when I was little......anyone remember that??


          Smart & Final
          10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. re: HB_Jeff

            And Gemco was where Toys R Us and the closed Albertson's is.

        3. are there any desserts? and is it open for lunch or dinner only?