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Greer's OC: SlapFish eatery opens its doors

April 25, 2012|By Greer Wylder

The SlapFish sustainable seafood food truck has come to a halt, but loyal followers and new fans can revel in news that SlapFish just opened its first restaurant in Huntington Beach.

The fast-moving, casual eatery offers an inventive, chef-driven menu, while focusing on fresh, responsibly-sourced, and healthy seafood — which is a passion of SlapFish owners Chef Jeff Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude.

The two, self-described "ocean-a-holics" grew up fishing, surfing and working in the restaurant industry. And now, the seafood-loving chef and seafood expert have opened a modern seafood shack where they can expand on their gourmet food truck menu.

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They still serve fan favorites like the Lobsticle on a stick (half a South Atlantic lobster tail, skewered, grilled and brushed with melted butter); lobster quesadillas with cold water rock lobster, shrimp, spice, mascarpone and melted jack cheese; and the Spicy Lobster-Shrimp Grinder with rock lobster, shrimp, green apple, lemon, and creamy habanero sauce.

Foodies claim that SlapFish's seared fish taco is the best in the business, with avocado-herb spread, marinated cabbage, pickled red onion and toasted garlic.

Other must-try dishes include fresh-shucked Carlsbad Oysters, and Slapfish and chips with flake white fish, crispy potatoes, and shallot vinegar; and Michael Harris' Gambas a la Plancha, with organic shrimp seared in a cast iron skillet with garlic and butter. (Harris won SlapFish's Facebook recipe challenge contest, and not only does he have bragging rights, but he can order the item free for life!)

SlapFish is in the Newland Center at 19696 Beach Blvd. The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call (714) 963-3900 or visit slapfishsocal.com/index.html.

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