As of late it seems that is hard to praise most restaurants. Some are way to expensive, some their food lacks, some are combination of both and so on, so on. When was the last time that I left a restaurant and felt good about it, good enough to were I want to tell people, invite people to go there, definitely want to return? It's been quite a while. Enter Boneheads in Lake Forest in El Toro Rd. My counterpart started the day saying how nice it would be for her to eat fish and chips, a plate se absolutely likes! I decided to Google the best seafood restaurants in souther orange county and in one of the links there was the OC Register 3 top picks. Boneheads was 2nd in the list, enough to incite my curiosity. The first one is in Huntington Beach and the third, one of my all time favorites but steep priced, The Crab Cooker which is a Newport Beach institution. We live much closer to Boneheads so that is where we went. Affordable, tasty, and a great value overall, I was truly delighted and Alma could not believe the batter on the fried fish (I was given one of the pieces to try and I wholeheartedly agree!). I ordered their lemon herb whole chicken which came with 2 side orders of my choice. Nice priced and a lot of food for one person-Big Mistake on my part! We also had the clam chowder and it was very tasty! Not too long ago we went to the Harbor Grill in Dana Point and the clam chowder there, a bowl, cost almost $12 and it was truly mediocre. At Boneheads the bowl was $2.99? Deliciously well made! The asian coleslaw that came with the fried fish I love only because it had very little sugar like most other places.
From what I gather the philosophy in this place is to make their food affordable and very tasty. The place is kind of small but their food is worth for me to return. Next time the Grilled Barramundi? (Australian fish tasting a little like Tilapia but in the end Sea Bass-apparently loaded with omega 3 to qualify in the top 5 super foods on someone named Dr. Oz list?). This place puts most seafood places to shame in their simplicity and flawless execution. Interesting side orders, I think I saw sweet potatoes fries among them. I had a Zucchini with my order and rice and both I liked. The whole area has been remodeled and there are very nice places to enjoy. I remember the old movie theater in that area and Yee's a once great chinese restaurant but the place went stale and this renovation of the area certainly adds to the overall satisfaction.
I am going back: to try their grill Barramundi, Shrimp, even Salmon, who cares? I refrain from giving 5 Stars but this place certainly deserves 4.5 Stars, it is that good! Hope they can keep up and don't break down in the concept but for now a great place to try in southern orange county and who said being a Bonehead is a bad thing? Not me, that's for sure!
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