One of Baja’s most iconic dishes, the fish taco, is also one of the cheapest and easiest foods to enjoy along the peninsula. The battered fish is usually served with just a corn tortilla, and toppings such as cabbage, pickled onions, salsas, and crema, are added by the customer. Go early in the day, as the fish taco is traditionally eaten for breakfast or lunch (not dinner), and is best found at taco carts and hole-in-the-wall stands where they close up shop when the food is all gone for the day. Here are five of our favorite spots along the peninsula to enjoy the tasty treat.
Location: Ensenada, BC
Information: Ave. Espinoza #451, 8am-8pm Mon.-Sat.
Why We Love It: Since 1970, Tacos Fenix has been considered by locals to be the king of fish tacos in Ensenada. Ensenada is largely considered by most to be the home of the fish taco—although don’t tell San Felipe, where they claim the same title. There’s no seating at Tacos Fenix, locals and foodies gather around on the sidewalk to enjoy a quick and savory fish or shrimp taco from the famous street cart.
DBTC Insider Tip: There are a couple of street carts on this block so foodies can check out multiple stops in one location.
Taquería y Mariscos Adriana
Location: San Felipe, BC
Information: Malecón #196, tel. 011-52-686-212-7747
Why We Love It: Rumor has it that this is the taco joint that inspired the U.S. Rubio’s fish taco chain. Whether or not the rumor is true, Maria Soledad has been running this popular taco stand for over 30 years. In addition to tacos they also serve seafood cocktails.
DBTC Insider Tip: The cheery and casual spot on the malecón can get busy, but there are tables set up near the stand and also spilling out onto the boardwalk.
Location: Rosarito, BC
Information: mariscostitos.com, Calle José Haros Aguilar, 8am-5pm daily, tel. 011-52-661-120-0657
Why We Love It: There aren’t many places where you can pay less than US$1 for a meal and walk away feeling stuffed. Unlike traditional fish taco stands where you’ll be served just the tortilla and fish and add the toppings yourself, the Tito’s fish tacos come loaded and ready to go. Each one is a meal in itself if you order it con todo (with everything).
DBTC Insider Tip: There are numerous locations throughout Tijuana and Rosarito but we think the one in Rosarito located across the street from the Soriana is definitely the best.
Tacos El Muelle
Location: Guerrero Negro, BCS
Information: Emiliano Zapata #12, 10:30am-3pm daily
Why We Love It: This popular spot is affectionately referred to as “Tony’s Tacos”, because the owner, Tony, has been personally serving up fish and shrimp tacos to locals and tourists every day for 25 years.
DBTC Insider Tip: Look for a taco truck on the main drag painted like a gray whale (this is Guerrero Negro after all) and you’ll know you’ve arrived.
Tacos El Estadio
Location: La Paz, BCS
Information: Independencia at Guillermo Prieto, tel. 011-52-612-157-2472
Why We Love It: This rustic spot has been serving up fish and shrimp tacos since 1979 and is one of the most popular spots in La Paz for locals. Go early as long lines form around lunchtime and they close in the early afternoon when the food runs out.
DBTC Insider Tip: Unlike most other taco spots, you have to pay before you eat at El Estadio, so you’ll need to pay with the cashier first and then get in line to get your tacos.