I had the chance to try Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill last week when they invited me to a media tasting at their Aliso Viejo location. I had never been to a Sharky's before, so I was really looking forward to visiting their restaurant.
It was a warm summer evening and the restaurant was busy when I arrived. I was greeted by David Goldstein, COO of Sharky's, who gave us some background on the history of the restaurant. Sharky's was created by CEO Founder Steve Paperno back in 1992 as a way to merge the wonderful flavors of Mexico with organic, healthy and natural food. The eatery is committed to serving natural, fresh food, while creating a path to a more healthy, sustainable world. Their mesquite grilled and stone oven cooking techniques offer wonderful ways to enjoy healthy, Mexican food.
Sharky's makes their food with locally sourced, natural, ingredients. The restaurant is committed to using only the best, high-quality ingredients, so that people can feel good about eating.
I sampled several of their signature soft drinks and while there were all good, one completely won my heart.
The Watermelon Basil lemonade was one of the best lemonades I have ever tasted. It was thirst-quenching and the sweet flavor of watermelon was perfectly balanced with the tartness of lemon. So good and I am craving one now as I share this with you.
Next up was the guacamole and chips. Fresh local avocados and tomatoes and delicately cooked corn chips made this a nice starter. The chips were light and crunchy and the guacamole was rich and full of avocado goodness.
When it came time to decide on my entrée, I was seriously thinking of trying one of their many taco varieties. But instead, I opted for the chicken enchiladas at the last-minute, based on my server's suggestion. I could see why this dish was one of his favorites.
The Stacked Chicken Enchiladas were made with juicy all-natural chicken breast, four luscious cheeses, fresh onions and cabbage, served with a flavorful tomatillo cheese sauce.
The chicken enchiladas were served with sides of organic beans and organic rice. Very good and the portions were good. Sharky's commitment to freshness was reflected in everything I tasted.
Now while I did not get a chance to try the tacos personally, a friend of mine did and she confirmed that they were very good. They have several varieties on the menu, including a vegan choice, made with organic tofu and vegetables.
My friend allowed me take a photo of her food before she ate it.
I was happily satisfied with my tasty meal. But before I left, I had to try their red sangria because it looked very inviting. Filled with delightful pieces of fresh fruit and red wine, it was a nice, fresh beverage to enjoy with a meal. Sharky's also has several local craft beers on tap, currently including a Rita Red American Amber from Backstreet Brewery.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the fresh flavor of Sharky's. I will definitely go back sometime soon. I am eager to try their rotating seafood options which include wahoo, pollack and Mahi Mahi. I feel that there is something for everyone on their menu and a kids menu is available, as well. All of their menu items come with the option of additional heat from their wonderful salsa bar.
Where to Find Sharky's
I was excited to find out that there were several Sharky's in Los Angeles and Orange counties. There are 23 locations from Ventura to Newport Beach. They are also expanding and are adding locations in Oregon and Las Vegas.
You can find the list of locations here. Their food is available to go and they also offer an extensive catering menu with lots of great options for parties, gatherings and events.
Oh, and there is a secret menu item available too. It is called the AJ Burrito and you can find out what is in it when you visit. Shhhh!
Special thanks to the folks at Sharky's for introducing me to their great selection of fresh and organic food. All opinions are my own. Check out their delicious menu items that are available.
What is your favorite item to order at Mexican restaurants?