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4Chef Wiley Earl of Smokin Fins and Lucky Fins moved out West from NYC where he started his career in the service industry as a bar back at age 15. He caught the hospitality bug and moved around a lot absorbing knowledge and expanding his skill set. Chef Wiley landed in South Beach at the age of 21 and worked with notable chefs like Thomas Buckley, Nobu Matsuhisa, and James Wierzelewski.

He kept moving with the opportunities and found himself working in the Bahamas for a billionaire clothing mogul where he unexpectedly meet his wife who brought him out west. Before Fins, he most recently worked as the Executive Chef for 2 Farm to Fork Restaurant Concepts in Boise named Fork and Alavita. Chef Wiley has been with the Fins Concept Group for 2 years now, doubling the number of restaurants with plans to double it again in the next 2. A 3rd concept to be alongside Smokin Fins and Lucky Fins is in the works, so stay tuned to the fast hands of Chef Wiley Earl!

June’s center of plate features:

Grilled Mediterranean Style Mahi – Marinated and grilled Pacific Mahi over cilantro lime rice and topped with red onion, red bell pepper, asparagus, and capers in lemon oil with fresh grape tomato and slivered feta.

Scallop & Ahi – coffee and ancho rubbed Ahi tuna seared and served with scallops over beet stained cauliflower puree, fresh arugula, and flash fried cauliflower florets and drizzled with chili oil.

Char grilled oysters with garlic herb cajun butter, green onion, and alderwood smoked sea salt.



“Ever since I started working with NE their sales people have had the most presence in my stores (Steve & Levon). I have never had an issue getting answers to my questions quickly. They are always willing to help me source new product and work with me on getting it at a good price. It is wonderfully easy to serve a gorgeous piece of fish when it’s delivered to my door with outstanding quality. It really has been one of my most trouble-free working relationships in my 22 year career as a chef.”

Enjoy Chef Wiley Earl’s polished casual American fusion cuisine at Smokin Fins in Littleton or Ft Collins, as well as Lucky Fins in Greeley

Smokin Fins is a regional restaurant concept featuring a unique menu that blends ocean fresh seafood, sushi and house smoked specialties such as baby back ribs, turkey and slow smoked pork.  Smokin Fins truly is the food and beverage destination with something for everyone!  The first Smokin Fins opened last year in Littleton, Colorado to rave reviews.  One year later Smokin Fins continues to impress every guest with its great service and unique menu created by Chef Wiley Earl. 

Chef boasts an impressive resume featuring restaurants from New York City to Miami Beach that include internationally acclaimed Nobu and Nygard Cay to name a few. Our guests can look forward to creative and fresh ideas coming from our Chef every day.  Locally owned and operated, Smokin Fins offers a menu of diverse flavors influenced by Asian, Mexican and Northwest cuisines.

Smokin Fins is part of the “Fins” restaurant group based in Idaho that includes their sister concept Lucky Fins Seafood Grill.  Lucky Fins was founded in Meridian, Idaho in 2011 with a second restaurant opening a year later in Boise.  Every Fins brand of restaurant focuses on building relationships within its community, from hosting local business meetings, school fundraiser participation, and learning the names and preferences of our regulars.  Our brand goal is to give our customers high quality food at an affordable price. 

Smokin Fins is excited about the upcoming opening in Fort Collins, CO in August of  2016. The Smokin Fins team looks forward to having the privilege of serving you!

Ocean Beauty Seafood’s Boise and Lucky Fins Seafood Grill have partnered with the Boise Rescue Mission to help feed the hungry in the Treasure Valley.

Today, Ocean Beauty and Lucky Fins Seafood Grill donated 1200lbs. of Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon portions to Boise Rescue Mission Ministries’ City Light Home for Women and Children’s Shelter, and River of Life Men’s Shelter.

“We care about our community and no one should ever go hungry,” said Kent Langston Smith, General Manager at Ocean Beauty Seafood. “This is a wonderful gift from our friends at Ocean Beauty and Lucky Fins” said Mission CEO, Bill Roscoe. We have been the recipient of literally thousands of pounds of seafood from Ocean Beauty over the years and our Guests really appreciate it when fresh fish is on the menu” Roscoe added.

For more information or questions, please contact Kent Langston Smith at 208-344-7000.

Our new Fort Collins Location is now open for business. Come and see us at 300 E Foothills Pkwy, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Interactions, ideas welcomed at Lucky Fins Seafood Grill   By Jake Alger For the Idaho Press-Tribune  

MERIDIAN ― How many Treasure Valley seafood restaurants can you name? Come to think of it, how many can you name where the chef calls former guests to discuss the menu?

Lucky Fins Seafood Grill in Meridian isn't just a spot for fresh, inventive fare. Executive chef Mark Ballen fosters a fun, interactive environment ― the type of place where exotic fish take centerpiece on the weekends.

"The exotics are fun," he said, noting they're flown in from all over the world. "People come in for that." Last week trigger fish, brought in from Florida, took center stage........

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