Tried the Fish Grill on Beverly (I just learned online that they have several locations), and was pleased.
It's kosher, and on a Sunday night it was patronized by the tribes wearing various traditional headgear and outfits. So it had a very eclectic, worldly feel. And this environment added a sense of something new to my first visit.
The grilled ahi is about a half inch thick and about four inches wide. It's marinated, so you get more flavor than simple fish. It was firm and fully cooked, but the marinade kept it from seeming too dried-out. The cole slaw that comes with it was perfectly tart to add a sour element to the dish. It's easier to dump it out onto your plate, as the little cup it comes in is a pain to eat from. You can also choose between french fries, baked potato or rice, and the fries were the kind I like. Not too greasy, but not too crispy, either.
The fried fish sandwich was also tasty, with the inside of the fish being cooked to a tender white flakiness and the outside crunchy, which gave the sandwich a nice texture. The onions and sauce provide a counterpunch to the light flavor of the fish, and altogether this was also a winner. It also comes with cole slaw and the same choice of sides. The baked potato is as expected, but together with a main, this is a lot of food.
This location has an outside patio, which is large but too cold for a chilly evening. This would be perfect for a nice lunch.
7226 Beverly (2 blocks west of La Brea)
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