Jon’s Fish Market. 34665 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.2807. www.jonsfishmarket.com.
There must be a connection somewhere in the space-time continuum between big, wooden menus and good food. The more ramshackle the words are displayed, the better the food. And if the board is in the giant shape of the main food the restaurant sells, well… get ready.
Such is the case at Jon’s Fish Market. In the cacophony of the Harbor, Jon’s strikes a righteous tone. Walk-up service, picnic tables, affordable prices and no-frills, well-done seafood make Jon’s the ideal restaurant for the location.
Their fish and chips are a traditional take on the classic. Big strips of white fish are carbonated beverage-battered and lightly fried, giving an airy, crispy shell that protects moist, steaming, succulent fish. The chips are slightly bigger than shoestring, and snappy. The zippy slaw is dynamite.