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Mar 1, 2001 07:29 PM

Fish Tacos in Oakland

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I'm looking for the perfect fish taco in Oakland, preferably near the Lake Merritt, Piedmont area. I've recently discovered Tlaloc Sabor Mexicano in the financial district here in S.F. who make delicious fish tacos but find myself craving them for dinner and sometimes simply don't have the energy to cook... I know there's a place on Piedmont Ave. called (I believe) "Fish Tacos" but have been weary of giving it a try for fear of disappointment..... Any thoughts?

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    Melanie Wong

    I had a fish taco at the place on Piedmont Ave. maybe 5 years ago. Just okay then.

    Jennifer and I are both fans of Zamarano. She has posted earlier on their different locations. I like the fried fish there and always get the housemade corn tortillas which are great. You can roll your own. Not near Lake Merritt but at least on the left side of the bay. (g)

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      In addition to Taco Zamarano try Tijuana @ 1308 International Blvd (14th Avenue and B Avenue). I've walked by that taco place on Piedmont many times. They don't appear to ever clean their grill.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks for the tip re: Taco Zamarano, where are they located? I tried to find them online, but with no luck...

        1. re: Phoebe
          Melanie Wong

          Sorry, Phoebe, I've never been the driver on these excursions so can't quite tell you how to get there. Here's a link to our prior discussion that circles in on the two locations. You might also spot one of their trucks driving around.


          1. re: Phoebe
            Jennifer Fish (yes it's my real name!)

            The day Taco Zamarano has a website is the day I stop eating there. They have 3 locations in Oakland:

            My favorite sit-down location is:
            4032 Foothill Blvd--across the street from the Hell's Angels headquarters and next door to Sonny Barger's motorcycle joint (it can get quite noisy when all the Angels start their motorcycles at one time)

            My favorite nice-weather-eat-on-your-car location:
            Taco Z. truck in parking lot of Mexican grocery store on corner of High and East 14th.

            The other location is a few feet from the truck on the other side of the parking lot--it's a cross between the truck and the Foothill restaurant. You stand in line to order at the window but can sit down at tables inside or outside.

            Enjoy! And you MUST order the chicharron and carnitas tacos. Melanie would vote for the fish soup. And the fresh salsa is almost as good as San Jose Taqueria's but that's another story/posting. Yummmmmmm!

            1. re: Jennifer Fish (yes it's my real name!)

              While Zamarano doesn't have a website, gotta break it to you that Taqueria San José does.

              Do tell your San José story, as I love the salsa there as well (based on one visit).

              P.S. I don't believe that Fish is your real name. (g)

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Jennifer Fish Wilson

                You think I'd make up a name like Fish!?!
                At least Taqueria's website is bilingual.
                Do you mean the Hell's Angel's story?

                1. re: Jennifer Fish Wilson

                  You wrote: " . . . And the fresh salsa is almost as good as San Jose Taqueria's but that's another story/posting. Yummmmmmm!"