Saturday, April 24, 2010

Going Fishing at Boneheads

23704 El Toro RD.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

My friend Richard and I have very opposite tastes when it comes to food. He is a Chipotle super fan, and I think they are mediocre. He hates Ruby's and Islands, and I think they make good burgers. And so on it goes. So when he was raving about Boneheads and how good it was, I was a little skeptical. Let's see if Boneheads can be our food peace accord.

Boneheads is a casual fish chain based primarily out of Georgia. They have seven stores, and this is the first in California. As Katie and I walk in on this Sunday night, the place is buzzing with activity. Let's see if the food is what is making customers flock here.

So when Richard was yapping about Boneheads, he was telling me that the Piri-Piri sauce was awesome. First a little background on Piri-Piri sauce. The Piri-Piri chili is grown in Mozambique, and is a favorite in Eastern African and Portuguese cooking. At Boneheads they have four types of sauce for your enjoyment,  lemon and herb, medium, hot and extra hot. I tried all of them, and of course I really liked the extra hot the best. The lemon and herb was good also.

Here is Katie's dish. She went with the three taco plate. For her tacos she chose, one chicken, one shrimp and one tilapia taco. For the side item she chose Sweet Potato Fries. She did not rave about the sweet potato fries, so I assume they were just okay. This plate was $8.49.

This is a look at the inside of the chicken taco. This was Katie's favorite. All of the tacos are filled with your choice of fish or chicken, Asian cole slaw, and Boneheads sauce, (which was described to us as a French tartar sauce). Very good tasting taco, I used the very hot Piri-Piri sauce on this one.

Here is the inside of the shrimp taco. I liked this one the best. Really good tasting shrimp, and the lemon herb piri-piri sauce I added, really added to this taco.

Here is my plate. I picked the Grilled Mahi-Mahi, topped with Black Bean and Corn Salsa. With all of the grilled fish you can choose a topping, choices include, Cucumber Lime & Yogurt, Pineapple Salsa, Sauteed Piri Mushrooms, or the Black Bean & Corn Salsa above. The fish tasted great and was very flavorful, even with the bland corn and bean salsa. This plate also included rice and one side item. I had the Grilled Zucchini Strips. These had grill marks across them, and tasted fine, but next time I will opt for the Asian Cole Slaw, which I hear is great, and tasted great in the tacos.

So I have to admit that Richard was right about this place. I liked the food, and am looking forward to going back and trying other items off of their menu. The sauces were good and the food tasted fresh. I also felt this place was a good value. All items on their menu are under ten dollars, (except the Whole Chicken), and that is pretty good for a fish place.

Out of five idiots, (because that is the dictionary definition of a bonehead), five being best to zero being worst, Boneheads gets three solid idiots.

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