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Wahoo's Fish Taco

by sandy bennettPublished: June 01, 2012

Founded: 1988
Headquarters: Santa Ana
Locations throughout Orange County,
plus Colorado, Texas, Hawaii and New York
wahoos.com

Wahoo’s has remained true to its philosophy – prepare super fresh and wholesome food with integrity, in a fun atmosphere – for nearly 25 years. Founded by three brothers, Wing Lam and Ed and Mingo Lee, the first eatery opened in Costa Mesa in 1988. Today, there are more than 60 restaurants located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas and New York.
   
The diner is known for its Hawaiian North Shore atmosphere and charbroiled fish tacos, which combines an eclectic mix of Mexican, Brazilian and Asian fare. In its effort to respect the environment, menu items have been served on china with real silverware since the eatery’s beginnings.
   
“The second most important part of our philosophy is that we take extreme care to listen to our guests regarding their tastes and preferences with menu offerings … and to protect the pocketbook of the consumer at all costs,” says Steve Karfaridis, Wahoo’s partner. “We [also] take care of our employees, treating them as partners and family. They, in turn, are very happy to consistently provide the best service and food quality to our guests in existing and new stores.”
   
The partners, who are almost as well known as their eatery, support the community in a number of ways. Wahoo’s sponsors numerous events, and emphasis is placed on cultural, educational and medical causes.