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Friday, March 03, 2006

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill - Review #1

6725 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92603

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Sharky's Sign

Sharky's Exterior
Sharky's Exterior - Hard to photograph with
all the palm trees in the way

I broke my rule of only going to three Mexican places a week by going to four or five in the last week. Now I'm backed up with three restaurants to write about and I've never been that backed up before, so these next three reviews may be short on words. But pictures are worth a thousand words, aren't they?

Sharky's tempura-battered shrimp taco plate
Sharky's tempura-battered shrimp taco plate

Sharky's is hard to review because it's just like so many other places such as Rubio's, Baja Fresh, and La Salsa. They do have woodfired pizzas there (which I will try sometime) and tempura-battered shrimp tacos (which I did try on this visit) so they get at least an extra half Speedy Gonzales for that. They have some yuppie-ish but not too yuppie-ish, attractive decor and they are good about keeping the place clean (although I wish other customers would learn how to not be so sloppy when they are at the salsa bar - any salsa bar at any Mexican restaurant for that matter).

Sharky's Interior
Sharky's Interior - No palm trees in the way this time

I really want to give them a three and a quarter Speedy Gonzales rating but I'm feeling extra nice today so I'll round Sharky's up to a three and a half Speedy Gonzales rating:

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Anonymous said...

After reading your post I went by this place the other day. It's nice and not too overly done. What struck me different right off was the oven and the organic and natural messaging. Out of curiosity I tried one of the pizzas, which was real good, sort of like a combo of a Quesadilla and thincrust pizza. Loved it! And the Tempura battered fish tacos were surprising very good as well. There's a definite vibe that's familiar yet different at this small chain. I say go :-)

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. I went yesterday again on a break from work and met up with a friend. I got there a little before he did and ordered my first pizza from there. When my friend arrived and saw my pizza he instantly knew what he wanted to order. When he got back to the table he said, "You're expanding my horizons here. I always just get the . . . the . . . " and he turned around to look at the menu board for a reminder. I said, "You always just get the #2 combo?" "Yeah, how'd you know?" "Well, it's the basic taco combo plate." (I've had it before myself and will likely get it again so I'm not picking on my friend.) I also mentioned the tempura battered shrimp tacos to him so now he wants to try that on his next visit.

Anonymous said...

I got the naked chicken salad - IT WAS GREAT!!

For only 7 WW points it was a very tasty and satisfying meal - well worth it.

It is fresh, organic and Low Fat - what more can you ask for? Oh Ya - Taste - Yup that was there too.