Folks in Laguna Beach and Newport Coast won't have to journey to the Balboa Peninsula anymore to get their sensational, fresh fish tacos from Bear Flag Fish Co.
This casual restaurant and seafood market has opened a location in the Crystal Cove Promenade. Just like the original, it's been packed since the day it opened.
Owners Thomas and Erika Carson created the company based on "the love of the ocean and, most of all, the love and knowledge of fresh seafood."
Thomas, a Newport native, grew up working on his dad's fishing boat called Bear Flag.
"We are a fish market for the new generation, providing a modern ambience and focusing on healthy seafood cuisine."
The new location exemplifies this concept. The high, vaulted, bright white ceiling has several giant fish sculptures and a whale suspended in mid-air.
Very tasteful ocean-themed art adorns the walls along with a large TV screen showing surfer movies. There is a deli case filled with smoked fish, seafood salads and other appetizers sold by the pound, as well as a display case featuring the daily fresh fish and seafood selections to take home.