Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill
"What would you like for dinner?" I asked.
"Fish tacos," she responded promptly.
"What's the place I like?" she asked.
"Sharky's? It's right around the corner."
So we went there - about a block away, near the corner of Cordova and Lake - not long before they were closing, but the guy behind the counter was very friendly and said as long as there were people there he would be open.
I first ate at Sharky's almost seven years ago, out in the Valley. My dad had a doctor's appointment that I had driven him to and I had a couple hours to kill. Someone had told me that Sharky's had, of all things, great pizza, so I went by to try it. I thought it was merely good so in my visits to Sharky's since then (admittedly we're probably only talking about three times) I hadn't bothered to try the pizza again. But it sounded good to me this time, so I ordered a chipotle barbecue chicken pizza and a tempura-battered mahi mahi taco. Elizabeth ordered two of those tacos.
We took a booth by the window and watched the rain for a few minutes. Our food did not take long to be brought out to us.
And it was very tasty. Nothing spectacular, and imagine if I return to Sharky's someday I will probably revert to eating tacos, but I'm very glad I got this pizza. The sauce actually had some chipotle flavor to it (my surprise at that fact is a measure of how few places that claim to use chipotle sauce actually come through on that promise) and went nicely with the chicken and cilantro flavors.
my taco crawl last month is that there are plenty of places in town where you can get a filling taco meal for under five bucks.)
Overall, I was satisfied with the meal, but it was not anything spectacular. For a chain, Sharky's is ahead of Rubio's and Qdoba and miles ahead of Baja Fresh. And I will be glad to return to Sharky's on a rainy Friday night if I'm just around the corner. But as for seeking it out as a destination? Nah, I don't think I will ever do that again. The fish taco at La Estrella was cheaper, better, and more filling. (And there is a place in Duarte that my friend told me about that I look forward to trying over the holidays.)
Posted by JustinM at 9:01 AM