Thursday, April 23, 2009

Battle On The High Seas...Pirates Not Included!

About 10 years ago one of my sisters was living in Southern California and told me I must try a fish taco! I said "EEEW!" why would put fish in a taco?! That was when I was living in Texas and their idea of Mexican Food is...well...different.

Since moving to Arizona I have discovered fish tacos can be quite tasty! Of course there are many ways to make and break a good fish taco...and I have been on a mission to try any fish taco I run across. This is a lot like my mission to find the best Huevos Rancheros, so many missions! The sad thing is that I often find the best of the best are made in my very own kitchen (if I do say so myself!), but sometimes I just want someone else to cook! (and clean of course!)

Here I am featuring three different fish tacos I have tried this week...There may very well have be a second, third...edition on my mission to find the perfect fish taco... So many tacos, so little time!

The first is a place known for their "World Famous Fish Tacos" Rubio's. Since 1983 they have been making their beer battered crispy fish tacos with your choice of soft corn or flour tortillas, mild salsa, tangy white sauce and finely shredded cabbage. These tacos are always good, cheap and easy!

Second are the "Fish Tacos" from Z' Tejas...Not what I expected from a fish Taco! If this was called something like Asian fish wrap, I might have understood. The only resemblance to a taco was the flower tortilla. The fish is a catfish and it is blackened...or so they say and was wrapped in the flower tortilla with some shredded purple cabbage,avocado and shredded carrots. The sauce was more like a vinaigrette with ginger and sesame flavors...different. I will probably not be having this again, its just not my thing. I will be going back to try the Jack's five-cheese macaroni & Anchiote Chicken...Can't pass up Mac and cheese!

Third of course is my very own homemade fish tacos, the speedy way! I prefer the corn tortilla slightly fried (because I am a health nut that way...), filled with two all white cod fish sticks, finely shredded cabbage, avocado slices, tomato and a tangy white sauce. The sauce is a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice salt, garlic powder and cumin. If you like some spice add some hot sauce or Cayenne. On the side I sliced some tomato and nut remember.

Those of you who have never tried a fish taco and think, like I used to, that this is the worst idea ever! Don't knock it till you try it! Also if you happen upon a great fish taco please let me know I am still hungry!


  1. See, that's the thing about fish ... after you eat it, you're still hungry! Kidding.

    Actually, I am like you were ... a bit scared of fish tacos. But recently I read about and seen some mighty tempting offers. NYC is not know for tacos of any sort, so I suspect its something I'll have to try when traveling. Will report back any findings!

    I quite like the sound of the Rubios taco ... mmm, fried.

  2. Ah! yes the best fish tacos are usually fried...kind of defeats the purpose of eating fish...but what the hell!