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Spike’s Tilapia Lettuce Wraps Rock!

Lettuce wraps, Spike's Fish House, panko crusted fish lettuce wraps

Have you tried Spike’s Fish House yet?

Normally, I don’t write about fast/casual concepts because they don’t fit in with my heart healthy focus. But when I finally tried Spike’s Fish House – unfortunately, there’s not one near Huntington Beach, so it took me awhile, I was really impressed with the freshness of the fish, the overall quality of all the ingredients, and high healthy quotient in everything I tried. The lettuce wrap photo (above) received a bunch of likes and comments when I posted it on Facebook – today’s equivalent of a successful micro test market blitz :)

Spike's Fish House

Spike’s is a simple fast-casual concept that revolves around offering a great selection of fish that’s simply grilled for every order. There aren’t any secret recipes – just fresh fish that’s simply grilled and served with the best ingredients to deliver great food, at a great price, while maintaining responsible practices.

Spike's Fish House, fish platter

Unlike most fast-casual concepts in the area, Spike’s Fish House prides itself on displaying its fresh fish, and allowing guests to view it being grilled from an open display kitchen. The restaurant’s specialty is a Fish House Plate that features a ½ pound of a grilled fish, such as Tilapia “panko style” or fresh Salmon, with a choice of white or brown rice, and seasonal vegetables, all chopped and sautéed fresh.

Guests may select from Spike’s popular fish options, including Tilapia “panko style,” Wild Salmon, Basa, Snapper, Yellow Tail, Swordfish, Ahi, and Mahi Mahi; and choose to enjoy their fish between the bun as a slider; in a corn or flour tortilla as a taco; with white or brown rice in a bowl; or as a healthy lettuce wrap. Those who prefer a non-seafood option can enjoy fresh, grilled all-white meat chicken.

Spike's Fish House, grilled chicken bowl

Spike’s house-made sauces, offered on the side with every menu item, are made from scratch in-house and include Spike’s Sauce (Greek yogurt and smoked paprika), Poke Sauce (sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce), Chimichurri (fresh parsley, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes), Pico de Gallo (salsa fresca, the Spike’s way), and Lemon Pesto Aioli (lemon, garlic, basil, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil).

Spike's Fish House fresh made sauces

Both Spike’s locations now offer Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to try new items such as Spike’s Cajun Basa Hard Taco for $3.25 and Panko-Style Basa Nachos for $3.95. Each evening a menu highlight will be a $5 combo of one of four select Spike’s items (soft or hard taco, slider or lettuce wrap) with an ice-cold bottled beer.

Lucky for those living in South County, you can enjoy Spike’s in Rancho Santa Margarita or Laguna Niguel! I’m hoping owner Tim Aspel will open a Spike’s in the Huntington, Newport, Costa Mesa area soon. Until then, I can fulfill my craving for their lettuce wraps with this recipe, which I’m happy to share so you can make them at home, too :)

Lettuce wraps, Spike's Fish House, panko crusted fish lettuce wraps

Spike’s Fish HouseSpike's Fish House

Laguna Niguel: 27020 Alicia Parkway #D
Rancho Santa Margarita: 30465 Avenida De Las Flores #C

13 Responses to “Spike’s Tilapia Lettuce Wraps Rock!”

  1. Sandra's Easy Cooking
    April 2 at 4:36 pm #

    Great post, Priscilla! Very delicious looking wraps!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  2. This looks like a great place to go. Seriously though, every week you make me want to come to CA!!

  3. Patty
    April 2 at 7:36 pm #

    Oh yum! There are so many restaurants in SO Cal that we would like to have in the bay area and this is definitely one of them;-)

  4. Suzanne
    April 2 at 9:56 pm #

    I am going to have to try these healthy lettuce wraps. Keeping this restaurant in mind for my next visit at the end of the month.

  5. Juliana
    April 3 at 1:17 pm #

    Wow, this tilapia lettuce wrap sounds and looks fantastic…
    Thanks for the info and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  6. Kathleen
    April 3 at 5:27 pm #

    I know the crew at Spike’s Fish House in Laguna Niguel, and I can’t say enough GREAT things about them! The food is absolutely amazing, and I really could eat there everyday. Everything is FRESH, heart-healthy and delicious. Please try it out! You WILL NOT be disappointed :) Great service too!

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 5 at 5:13 am #

    Lovely lettuce wraps. I could almost taste the freshness and crunchiness from the mouthwatering photos.

  8. Red_Shallot
    April 9 at 10:38 am #

    Healthy, beautiful and delicious! Love it!

  9. Kiri W.
    April 9 at 1:51 pm #

    Mmm, looks like a fantastic place!

  10. Emily @ Life on Food
    April 10 at 3:56 am #

    Another reason to visit California. This looks delicious. This is just how I like my fish, nothing special so you can get the real flavor.

  11. Lori Lynn
    April 11 at 7:44 am #

    Hi Priscilla – those look so good! Wouldn’t mind if he opened up a store here in San Pedro either.
    LL

  12. Magic of Spice
    April 16 at 4:53 pm #

    I don’t think I have been to spikes, but your wraps look amazing!

  13. kita
    April 20 at 5:35 pm #

    What a fun – and delicious looking meal! I love the idea of tilapia for lettuce wraps and the flavors sound killer!

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