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Oct 26, 2006 04:37 PM

Fish tacos in Fresno?

I'm flying into Fresno and heading out to Sequoia National Park next month. I would LOVE to be able to find some true Baja-style fish tacos along the way. Any recommendations?

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  1. My favorite is El Toro at the SE corner of Cedar & Shields, not far from the airport. They're grilled however, not battered, and sort of pricey, @8.00 for two ala carte, iirc. Be sure and get the special sauce as well as the salsa if you go.

    Hopefully, other local hounds will chime in with other finds of both styles.

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    1. re: PolarBear

      PB, hubby and I noticed that Numero Uno in Clovis has fish tacos on the menu. We have been there a few times and love their breakfast burritos and chicken mole. We have never tried the fish tacos there and I was wondering if you or any other hounds had sampled the fish tacos there. If so, what style were they?

      1. re: glazebrookgirl

        Managed to swing by last Thursday all psyched up for fish tacos only to find they were no longer on the menu. After ordering a chicken mole taco and a chile verde taco (too full to get a burrito since I'd stopped earlier at Jus Jo's for a half order of biscuits & gravy), I asked Brenda if she knew of any place doing a decent fish taco, she didn't and when I inquired why that might be she hinted that the price of fish was the deterrant. The chicken was tender in a red mole sauce, a little too mild for my tastes, but Brenda's hot sauce brought it up to the right level, great depth of flavor. The chile verde had nice tender chunks of pork and again great flavor to the sauce. She kept telling me I have to try the carnitas, and I will next time. Tacos were $2 ea and well worth it.

        1. re: PolarBear

          Hmmm...that's odd. Hubby and I were just there a week or two ago and noted the fish tacos on the menu as a reason to come back. The chicken mole is indeed a tad on the mild side, but since I am going to add hot sauce anyway, I just add a little more to make it as hot as I like.

      2. re: PolarBear

        As I noted in the Feb 19 update to Fresno Closures and Changes thread, El Toro Cafe has closed and are relocating to the big red brick building on the east side of Cedar Ave, a block north of Shields, the former site of DiCicco's. Will try to get by and see if I can get a guess on when they might reopen.

      3. I am afraid I won't be too much help on this one. Fish tacos are not really my area of expertise and I don't really think of the Central Valley as a place with a lot of great fish options. We got a lot of carnitas, but fish not so much. That being said, a long time ago I had good fish tacos at Alberto's. I haven't been back in awhile, so keep that in mind. One of their specialities was a surf and turf combo, where you got one fish taco, baja style, and one carne asada taco. You used to order it by name. Be sure to ask for extra lime. They have three locations:

        311 N Abby St, Fresno, 93701 - (559) 268-3246
        6745 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710 - (559) 448-4695
        3880 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, 93726 - (559) 226-7731

        Don Pepe's is discussed at length on this board and while they don't have any fish tacos, they do have fabulous shrimp dishes. I highly recommend them for all sorts of shrimpy goodness.
        4582 N Blackstone Ave
        Fresno, CA 93726
        (559) 224-1431

        Hopefully that will help somewhat.

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        1. re: glazebrookgirl

          To all who try Don Pepe`s you must try the sopes al pastor ( grilled, marinated pork )

        2. Thanks, guys. I really do appreciate the advice! I'm coming in from Texas, so I can get carnitas, carne asada and shrimp at home, but fish tacos are a rarity here.

          1. At the risk of being shunned, I'll suggest Rubio's. It's a chain that started in San Diego (showing my roots here). I like their fish tacos and they are consistently good. Not outstanding, but good. There is one in Riverpark, which is of of Herndon, between Blackstone and Nees.

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            1. re: tavmark

              Ah appraently it was really early when I wrote that. Directions would be that it's on Blackstone between Herndon and Nees.

            2. I agree with tavmark, Rubio's is probably the best choice. Other places in the valley that serve them don't sell to many. With Baja style fish tacos you want a place that counts them as a specialty rather than an afterthought.