LUCKY FISH BEACH BAR AND GRILL AT THE POMPANO BEACH PIER IS NOW OPEN
BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
The long-awaited Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill, located on the south side of the new Fisher Family Pier, directly on the beach, is now open, featuring ocean views, tropical drinks and casual outdoor dining.
Lucky Fish is part of the Pompano Beach Fishing Village beachside development, which already includes the Beach House and Oceanic restaurants on the north side of the pier. Still under construction are Alvin’s Island beach goods store, BurgerFi, Kilwins, Cannoli Kitchen and a dual-branded Hilton hotel.
The focal point of Lucky Fish is a large circular tiki bar surrounded by tables and chairs for full-service dining. There are also five umbrella-style tiki huts, each with a circular table and six colorful bar stools. An adjacent patio area offers additional seating. The building that houses the kitchen has a walk-up window for placing orders that can be eaten on the patio or taken to go.
According to Lucky Fish staff, the most popular food menu items are the tuna nachos, made with avocado cream, sesame, soy, pickled onions, sriracha aioli, wasabi and wonton ($14); coconut shrimp served with mango pineapple salsa and pineapple rum marmalade ($13); beer-battered crispy calamari ($12); and the mahi-mahi tacos ($11). The menu also features items such as sandwiches, hamburgers, wings, salads and desserts.
Frozen cocktails ($13) include piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris, margaritas, and a drink called the “Orange Creamsicle,” which is made with vodka. Two of the most popular non-frozen cocktails ($12) are the vodka lemonade and the “Dark and Stormy,” which is made with Black Seal rum, ginger beer and lime. Cocktails can also be made to order.
The drink menu also includes sangrias ($8), local brewery beers and craft beers ($5-8), and a wide variety of wines ($7-12 per glass).
Lucky Fish is following the COVID-19 protocols for social distancing and facial coverings. Temperature checks are performed on employees when they arrive for work, and tables, chairs and menus are sanitized between every visit.
Due to COVID-19, a bandstand that was built for live entertainment in the evenings, such as acoustic music or steel drums, is, for now, being used for seating instead.
As part of the construction of Lucky Fish, the small building that used to be the pier concession was converted into the kitchen. An existing deck was replaced with a much larger one, and the surrounding area was completely replanted with lush, tropical landscaping.
Lucky Fish is owned by Raleigh, North Carolina-based LM Restaurants, the same firm that opened the Oceanic restaurant north of the pier. The founders of LM Restaurants, Lou and Joy Moshakos, began their restaurant careers in Deerfield Beach 40 years ago.
Lucky Fish, located at 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd, is open every day from 11am to 10pm.
Photos by Jeff Graves
(Food and drink photos courtesy of Lucky Fish)