Ocean Market Grill, or OMG as it cleverly goes by, has brought the build-your-own concept to fresh, sustainable seafood. In the same way you customize your burger at The Counter or your burrito at Chipotle, you’re able to create your ideal seafood dish at this growing fast-casual Southern California chain. By bringing higher-end ingredients to a more modest, yet modern environment, OMG is making exotic seafood more approachable to the masses.
Nine seafood options create the base of OMG’s dynamic menu, ranging from traditional salmon and shrimp to ahi tuna, rock cod and yellowtail. OMG prepares your selection in one of three ways: blackened, salt & pepper or garlic butter. You’re then able to have their selection served in plate, wrap, sandwich or taco form, with sides that range from salads and grilled vegetables to excellent fries and garlic rice.
Additional signature items include the lobster grilled cheese, rich clam chowder and the OMG fries—fries smothered in clam chowder. While the OMG fries could use more clam chowder and the menu could use more dipping sauces in general, the only real disappointment came with the crab cakes—well-prepared but too small for the $16 price tag. Conversely, OMG’s standard meals fall in the $11-12 range, a steal considering that fresh and sustainable seafood can easily run for three times that price in a full-service setting.
Add a healthy beer and wine list and a Stubborn soda fountain [Stubborn is Pepsi’s new craft soda line] and you’ve got an eclectic selection that matches the restaurant’s modern beachside vibe.
Ocean Market Grill has locations in Torrance and Long Beach, with another opening in El Segundo. Open Sun – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri/Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Average out-the-door price for a fish meal and a drink is ~$18. For more information visit OceanMarketGrill.com
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