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best fish taco in philadelphia

mazza3 Jul 19, 2006 08:45 PM

if anyone knows the best fish taco in philly, or even if you know the name of a place that serves one that won't make you gag, i would be thrilled...

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    tilemaker Oct 16, 2010 07:17 AM

    Sketch in Fishtown is doing awesome fish tacos with Mahi. Lotsa bang for your buck. $7.50 gets you 3 big tacos with fried Mahi, pico de gallo, cabbage, carrots and sauce. Love.It. But sadly they don't have them all of the time. Appears to be a rotating special.

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      Philly Ray Oct 12, 2010 07:53 PM

      I remember reading an article in Philadelphia Weekly maybe a year ago that mentioned a place in deep South Philly called Taproom on 19th (NOT The South Philly Taproom) that supposedly makes a kick ass fish taco.

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      1. re: Philly Ray
        Buckethead Oct 14, 2010 07:02 PM

        I had that taco after reading the same Weekly article. It was pretty good if I remember correctly, it used fried fish and had a cabbage-y dressing on it.

      2. AgentRed Oct 12, 2010 07:16 PM


        I don't believe in "best this" or "best that" but their fish tacos are divine, everyone I've spoken to about them has enjoyed them - crisp, fresh, not greasy, not heavy, perfect contrast of textures, I could go on...

        You should check out the bar downstairs, that way you can try them, grab a beer, watch the play-offs and just chill without having to reserve tables/splurge/dress up for a whole meal upstairs.

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          nwinkler Oct 14, 2010 05:46 PM

          I love love love the Distrito fish taco. Good call.

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          croutonpiggy Aug 1, 2006 05:19 PM

          I was at Taco Riendo about a week ago. Their fish taco ($3.50) consisted of 2 tortillas, their typical rice and a nice thin slab of grilled skin-on salmon. It was yummy with a bit of lime, but I really was craving the grilled chunks of fish with cabbage variety -- mroe Baja style. Taco Riendo also had shrimp tacos on special, but I did not order them nor see any.

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            mazza3 Aug 1, 2006 05:35 PM

            at least they got the two tortillas right, but the cabbage is definitely crucial. the baja style is divine, as is the deep fried white fish, quick and easy option. how did you like the rest of the food there?

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              JohnnyKBar Oct 12, 2010 06:31 PM

              You may just be better off making them yourself. I would love to find a good SD/Baja-style fish taco, but haven't seen hide nor hair of them. The NY Times ran a recipe within the last year or so that was pretty close, though I haven't followed it to the letter yet.

          2. Suefoo Jul 20, 2006 03:14 AM

            Taco Riendo at 1305 North 5th (Thompson, 1 block north of Girard) makes a good fish taco.

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              mazza3 Aug 1, 2006 04:53 PM

              hmmmmm, i think i will check this one out...thank you.

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                rabidog Oct 15, 2010 10:37 AM

                second, third, fourth and fifth taco riendo. i am very lucky this happens to be the closest eatery to my house, and i am here all.the.time. try the chile rellenos as well. just to die for.

                i've also had bangin fish tacos at kite & key in fairmount, and charlie's in old city.

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                shoeman Jul 19, 2006 11:57 PM

                El Vez has a decent fish taco. They hit the spot.

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                  jessicheese Jul 20, 2006 04:19 PM

                  I have to second the mahi taco at El Vez. Very close to the ones I had in Mexico.

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                    Phinerman Oct 12, 2010 09:22 AM

                    El Vez has the best that I have had in Philly, but I don't think its close to Cali. In fact, I don't recall ever having anything close while on the east coast!

                    El Vez
                    121 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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                      gfweb1 Oct 12, 2010 09:29 AM

                      I have to second this. San Diego fish tacos are clearly better... fish battered and fried...crema..sweet cabbage shreds. Just better.

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                        kaleokahu Oct 14, 2010 08:44 PM

                        This is totally off-thread, but Cali's got nothing to brag about in the fish taco area if you've eaten your way around Hawai'i. Can you say opakapaka?

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                          bluehensfan Oct 15, 2010 05:20 AM

                          Why waste your time with fish tacos when you have laulau and kahlua pig at your disposal?

                          I get the impression that eating fish tacos in Philly are like trying a cheesesteak in SF. But you make do with what you have.. Anyone try Honest Tom's fish tacos yet?

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                            andrewlee Oct 15, 2010 02:51 PM

                            Sad to say the best baja taco I've had in my life was at the Pink Taco in VEGAS!??? Second best - a gringo-owned place off the beach in Sayulita, MX. Vegas - how is that even possible?

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