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Wild Fish Local Seafood Cuisine Coming to Pacific Grove

February 6, 2018 – Escaping to the wilds of Mendocino is one of the greatly pleasurable side trips long associated with my obsession with Anderson Valley wines. When you stay at The Little River Inn, the Albion River Inn or The Brewery Gulch Inn, you are perfectly situated to take advantage of one of the true dining gems of the Mendocino coast, Wild Fish. Later this spring, if all goes well, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the same wonderful local, organic cuisine at a second location of Wild Fish in Pacific Grove.

In an announcement made to friends and followers by email, Wild Fish owners Liz and Kelvin Jacobs said the perfect opportunity to open a second restaurant at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Pacific Grove has come their way and that they hope to open in about two months.

The Jacobs say they are inspired by the huge active fishing harbor and network of local fishermen in the Monterey area, that will allow them to offer their take on our local seafood. They are also recruiting for all front and back of the house positions and talented folks are urged to apply to: wildfishmendo@gmail.com

Kelvin and Liz Jacobs, owners of Wild Fish restaurant

The couple opened their tiny seafood marvel in Little River on Thanksgiving Day 2011. They’ve been reeling in the customers ever since with their freshly caught and impeccably prepared cuisine. Wild Fish begins each perfectly-crafted dish—like seared halibut with charred tomato confit, green rice and roasted corn relish—with the finest organic provisions, purchased directly from local purveyors. To dine there at sunset with a stunning ocean vista spreading towards eternity is a nourishing feast for all the senses.

With a background in hospitality, Kelvin is an award-winning chef who hails from England, and Liz is a food writer who believes in rebelling against unhealthy food choices by making deliberately good ones from local bounty. The couple operated an inn and restaurant on the eastern seaboard of the UK, where they reveled in creating memorable guest experiences.

But secretly, they wanted to be on the California coast, and soon, they got their wish, when a postage stamp sized place became available in Little River, adjacent to the Post Office and across from the Little River Inn. A combination of their fantastic food and proximity to a major tourist destination guaranteed them a good following. But it’s been the locals who’ve been the most supportive. Their Locals Night tradition on Wednesdays has endeared them to the coastal populace and has become something of a recipe testing adventure.

The original Wild Fish Restaurant will continue in Little River with the same crew, and Liz and Kelvin will be splitting their time between the two venues. They hope to welcome guests at both locations in the near future.

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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist, columnist and judge who contributes regularly to Edible Monterey Bay, Spirited, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and Wine Industry Network, and a variety of consumer publications. Her passion is telling stories about the intriguing characters who inhabit the fascinating world of wine and food.