The new restaurant at 6174 Promier Ave. NW, North Canton, serves up some pretty flavorful fare, specializing in brick-oven pizzas, rice bowls and soft tacos made with flour or corn tortillas.
"It's meets with pizza," said Brian Bailey, co-owner and founder of Baja Pizzafish, which celebrated its grand opening Wednesday. "It's pizza worth going out for."
"There are a lot of restaurants in North Canton and the Belden Village area, so what will make people want to come check it out? Part of it is our name. I hear people saying, 'What the heck is a pizza fish?'"
And the restaurant's interior is just about as fun as its name. It's styled after a retro surf shack in bright teals and yellows, with classic surf movies like "Blue Crush," Soul Surfer" and "The Endless Summer" playing on a few TVs inside. Plus, there's a wall of surfer stickers and surf boards and beach cruiser bikes hanging on the walls.
Bailey said about 3 p.m. Wednesday that the restaurant's first day was a busy one so far. He found out pretty quickly that the Manhattan Beach Sausage and Pepperoni pizza and the Garlic Parmesan and Mushroom pizza were a big hit.
"I know that because I keep sauteing mushrooms to no end in the back," he said.
Bailey, who owns the restaurant along with Tim Hug, said Baja Pizzafish has what it takes to become a favorite among residents in the North Canton area. It's not exactly a health-food restaurant, but it won't leave you as full as his other endeavor, Old Carolina Barbecue.
"If you serve good food and have good service, they'll come back," Bailey said. "And that's what we're setting out for."