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Any hounds try Seasalt Fish Grill in SM yet?

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Reviews on the food seem generally positive, though predictably service seems to be a low point due to the inevitable crowds that storm a new restaurant. Maybe I'll try it in a few weeks, or during off hours, and see how it is in more ideal conditions.

Glad to see more casual seafood options opening...

http://seasaltfishgrill.com/
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  1. Yeah, I noticed it on my way driving to the beach the other day. It looks like it may be promising. Though I haven't tried it just yet.

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    1. re: kevin

      Now I want a Loco Dog!

      The Loco Dog
      Wagyu beef hot dog with spicy slaw, crispy onions, spicy dijon and our signature crema on a soft hoagie roll. Served with a side of avocado and fresh tomato relish. - $7.99

    2. Hadn't even heard of it, thanks for letting me know! Finally a casual seafood place, open for lunch, that's not too far from me! Will let you know when I try it!

      1. It appears to be a new restaurant chain with fast food.
        Probably not a "dining" experience, per se.

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        1. re: cujo

          Yes, it's supposed to be "fast-casual" similar to Tender Greens or Burger Lounge or Chipotle.

        2. Reportedly by the folks who run Jack & Jill's.

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          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            Interesting.. there is definitely a corporate feel to it (ready for franchising & expansion, complete w/ a cute fish on grill logo). nothing wrong with that, but it definitely feels "chainy"

          2. yeah i tried it a couple of days ago. The concept is similar to The Fish Grill (the Kosher place w/ a few branches) but more modern. I got the surf & turf which is a fish sammich w/ bacon. The fish portion was *very* generous and nicely fried and flakey and served on a brioche bun. It was very large and filling. Tasty too... sure beats the McD's fish-o-filet. The slaw that came with it had a Thai style dressing on it and was ok. I mean, the whole experience didn't wow me or anything, but I thought it was solid, esp for the price. I'd be happy to try it again for their grilled fish offerings. The space feels pretty small walking in but is done up nice. There are only 7-8 tables downstairs but there's also a loft which i didn't check out.

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            1. re: soniabegonia

              Loft has 5 two-tops and a table for 6 that was against the stair rail so it only seats four. Cute space.

            2. Not very busy at 6:30 PM, probably half full. Nice new furniture. Lots of teak (I think). Surprised there's one unisex bathroom (single occupancy) for the entire place.

              Not terribly impressed with the food. Cole slaw very dry. Roasted Brussels sprouts also dry, and flavorless. Fish and chips very heavy batter, even for fish and chips.

              Fried fish tacos serviceable, but unremarkable. Grilled ahi about the same. Loco dog not bad. Decent, butter-toasted rolls. Beefy dog.

              Service was pretty good, since it wasn't too busy. I think I'm spoiled by the service at other fast-casuals like Tender Greens (best non-table service ever!), Burger Lounge, and Pono Burger.

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              1. re: PeterCC

                Pics...

                 
                 
                 
              2. I was in for lunch a few days ago. The chowder was good, in a thin cream broth with lots of clams and potatoes. The fish and chips was tasty, a large portion, three pieces fried crisply but not overly. King's Head and Waterloo & City needn't worry but it was better than expected; the chips, on the other hand, while made with good potatoes, were not crisp enough. I found the cole slaw to be pleasant but definitely on the dry side rather than creamy. Prices were fair and the staff eager to please.

                1. I know this place is not brand new anymore, but I went for lunch today. I had the BARRAMUNDI served cajun style with vegetables and rice. Both the fish and the veggies tasted fresh. They also had agua frescas and I had the hibiscus one which was nice and refreshing. It was one of the 'specials' that came with the drink.

                  I was surprised with the service for a place where you order at the counter. Two of the workers came by at least once asking if everything was ok while I was eating, and even refilled my drink.

                  I could definitely see it built as a concept to expand/franchise which is smart.

                  From the website it seems like this is the only location currently.

                  It reminds me a bit of the chain 'Fish Dish" which has locations in Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood and some other locations , but this feels more upscale . I would definitely return.

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                  1. re: bophisto

                    A lot of the fast-casual space pride themselves on their attentive service. Tender Greens exemplifies this. We've gotten our plates cleared, drinks refilled, drinks "refilled" with different drinks (since they all--at least the soft drinks--cost the same) if you request it or if they see you not drinking your drink, drinks refilled into to-go cups,to-go containers brought for leftovers, etc, often without having to flag someone down first.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      I have been to Tender Greens before but it was years ago. The downtown Culver City location, probably around the time they had opened. I don't remember them doing all that but it was years ago so things may have changed.

                      Do you think most people tip at these types of places? Just wondering.

                      1. re: bophisto

                        At TG (SM) specifically, while it is counter service, I do give a little tip (5-10%) since I know service will be good. At places where you still order at the counter but then they bring you the food, I usually do ~10%, since that's kind of between counter and table service.

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          Oh ok , makes sense. I'm guessing you drop it in the tip jar or add it on the credit card receipt? Or do you leave cash on the table?

                          1. re: bophisto

                            Register/receipt.

                      2. re: PeterCC

                        I'm gonna have to hit up Tender Greens again.