Dredged in flour and pan-fried, the fish fillets in these tacos are nothing out of the ordinary. But add a generous drizzle of her citrusy-salty-herby sauce and you'll quickly be in fish taco heaven.
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Fish tacos beg to be eaten standing up outside on the porch with a cold beer and plenty of napkins to sop up dripping lime juice and salsa. Now that it's starting to feel like spring, it is time to get cracking with some fried fish. Pati Jinich's excellent Rodrigo-Style Fish from Pati's Mexican Table is just the ticket.
A few years ago if you asked me about fish tacos in Chicago, I would have gone silent, blanked, and probably gotten a little depressed that there weren't many options. But thanks to mostly new joints, there is now an impressive fried fish scene in Chicago, one that I can't wait to show off.
Baja is the birthplace of the fish taco, and whether you're hunting for a battered and fried filet of shark, or an uni and clam tostada, the mariscos vendors in Tijuana and Ensenada have got you covered.
If you don't happen to live near the salty Pacific, where can you go to find a serviceable fish taco in your area? Well, that depends on what sort of Mexican-inspired chains exist around you. If it's nothing but Taco Bells and El Pollo Locos, you might be in trouble. But if you've got a Baja Fresh—or better yet, a Rubio's—you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Being a town so close to the sea, it's no surprise that many of these taquerias don't need to abut the water in order to deliver fresh, juicy, wonderfully tasty fish tacos. Plus, with a wealth of proper tortillas to serve as the backbone, Los Angeles is a city with several fish taco gems. You just have to know where to look.
El Barco Mariscos is housed in what looks like an enormous boat, and inside enormous fish hang from the ceiling just waiting to bump the heads of the very tall. It is a place to celebrate, and gimmicks aside, it feels good to be there.
Usually, looking for a good deal on seafood is a dangerous proposition, but at El Siete Mares (The Seven Seas) it's built into the price plan. Each workday offers a particular deal: Mondays are for $1.50 shrimp tacos, Tuesdays are $1 fish tacos, Wednesday gets you $1 shrimp tacos dorados, and so on.
At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. We checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright.
As the only tacos on Mixteco Grill's dinner menu, the Tacos Ensenada ($7.00) could have been tacked on to appease picky eaters, but instead these two incredibly light fish tacos showcase the same level of care and craft that the restaurant puts in all of its other dishes.
It's good to be Ricky Piña, the fedora'd fish master behind his namesake taco phenomenon. For the better part of a few years, Ricky's Fish Tacos have been serving up Baja-style shrimp and fish taco offerings to anyone willing to make the drive out to Silver Lake. But just up the street, the Los Feliz location of Best Fish Taco in Ensenada has been providing locals with fresh fried fish tacos, battered and splattered right before their very eyes. So which is superior?
Eight-plus years of wheat-intolerance have left me mostly undesirous of glutinous creations, but the sight of a sandwich at FoodHeads often sets off pangs of lust. Fortunately they have more than just sandwiches, including superlative soups, salads, and a number of daily specials. FoodHeads also happens to serve the best fish tacos in Austin, which I confess to ordering more often than not.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people behind Sam's ChowderMobile in the Bay Area, possibly the only gourmet seafood truck on the West Coast (or in the nation?). They have a double fryer on the truck for on-the-spot sizzling of fish and chips and fish tacos.
Anyone who hasn't spent time in SoCal usually responds to the concept of "fish tacos" with a baffled, maybe disgusted face. The tasty grab-and-go meal (piled with cabbage shreds and pico de gallo) is a staple for locals, especially surfers. Here's a roundup of SoCal fish taco chains.
Schnipper's Quality Kitchen is first and foremost a focused concept. It's a restaurant, it's an eatery, it's a burger joint, it's a comfort food emporium. It's all of the above, but most of all it's a concept.
Tacos de pescado. When I want a fish taco, this is where I go. It's an hour's drive from where I live, and I have to rustle up a couple of burly guy friends (no going solo because the area's pretty sketchy and I'm chicken), but this is where I go. Mariscos Sinaloa. In four years of seeking out fish tacos, I've not found a better one than that served up by the folks at Mariscos Sinaloa. Plump, lightly battered, and deliciously moist morsels of fish are served up on a griddled tortilla, adorned with tomatoes, red onions, and jalapeño. Ceviche de pescado. On top of that, they do a mean fish ceviche. Firm to the bite with plenty...
I've been a fan of fried fish tacos for a long time. Rolled in flour tortillas and dressed with little more than a tangy white sauce and crunchy sliced cabbage, they are unbelievably tasty. I wish I didn't have to...
The bar for tacos in Manhattan is not set very high, and the fish taco bar here is set even lower. So when the owner of Pinche Taqueria announced to the world that he was opening a branch of his Tijuana taqueria, in part to show other downtown taquerias like La Esquina how to make a proper fish taco, it sounded like a plenty plausible throwdown.
Cinco de Mayo is a day of national pride for Mexicans around the world, commemorating Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. We join in the celebration with our favorite Mexican food and drink. Photographs by blair christensen and Nick Kindelsperger Essentials: Fish Tacos: A dish a competent and intuitive cook can put together without a recipe. Dinner Tonight: Seafood Salad Tacos: The easiest taco recipe this side of opening up a packet of “Mexican” seasoning, but healthier and tastier. Southern California Fish Taco Crawl: When in Rome, eat spaghetti, and when in SoCal, inhale the fish tacos. Best Fish Tacos in San Diego: Part two of the Southern California fish taco crawl,...
In December, we brought you a Serious Eats Fish Taco crawl, but played special favoritism to Orange County. Commenters squealed when San Diego got no love. Herewith, a second chapter of the crawl, focusing on the San Diego county. This one especially goes out to observant Catholics, looking for more than just the local parish's fish fry on tomorrow's last Lenten Friday....