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Fish tacos in Toronto?

Olivia Feb 1, 2007 06:32 AM

Does anyone know where I can get a fish taco in Toronto, preferably downtown? I'd like to try one.

I think they're a Californian invention, where lightly breaded or grilled fish is snuggled into a taco shell with coleslaw, but please correct me if I am wrong.

Would the halibut burrito at Burrito Boyz be a close approximation to the real deal?

  1. pescatarian Feb 1, 2007 06:42 AM

    I've had fish tacos at The Drake, however, they were not enjoyable because the fish was a bit dry and "too fishy". I hear the chef has changed since then though, so if it's still on the menu, perhaps they've improved on them.

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      bluedog Feb 1, 2007 06:46 AM

      The halibut at Burrito Boyz is nothing like a fish taco. It is truly a wonderful dish, however the halibut is battered and deep fried and wrapped in a flour tortilla with veggies and sauces.

      You mogh try chimichanga which has actual fish tacos, with lightly breaded white fish in a corn tortilla, but I am not sure about the coleslaw.

      1. spades Feb 1, 2007 07:16 AM

        I have attempted this futile search myself. You've better off trying to make them at home. There is absolutely nothing in Toronto that even mildly approaches an authentic SoCal fish taco. But if you do find a place, I beg you to report back.

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          spigot Feb 1, 2007 08:24 PM

          That's correct - I've looked too :-/

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            AlexandraCanada May 16, 2011 06:38 AM

            Its near next to impossible to find good fish tacos in T.O., except I had a half decent one at The Stockyards on St. Clair. The online menu is now seemingly up-to-speed. A little hard to eat insofar as you are distracted by all the other things you think you should be eating (like their new burger Green Chile Pimento Cheese burger).

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            BuggySer Feb 1, 2007 08:23 AM

            I'm not sure about Fish Tacos, but Bel Burrito has an awesome fish burrito!

            1. Kagemusha Feb 2, 2007 03:20 AM

              No go for TO. Burrito Boyz is like fish&chips in a tortilla. DIY works. Try grilled instead of fried fish.

              1. domesticgodess Feb 3, 2007 05:00 PM

                ive just returned from a ski trip in Tahoe...needless
                to say Fish Taco's where everywhere.
                I have no idea why we cant find Fish Taco's here!!
                Ive heard that the Cheesecake Factory opened in Buffalo
                (at the Gallery mall)...you might need to take a drive.
                Its worth it.!!

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                  BLM Feb 3, 2007 05:31 PM

                  It's not found in Toronto(or very unlikely), because fish tacos is a regional speciality of Southern California(in particular around the San Diego-area).

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                  TestKitchenChef Feb 8, 2007 01:06 AM

                  Might recommend making a version at home, found the Baja version just a bit over the top for me - this recipe (prep and ingredients) is dead easy, quick and really delicious.

                  Poach shrimp in shell, cool slightly to deshell and devein
                  Fill warmed soft corn tortilla with cabbage or broccoli slaw (make or buy) a few shrimp
                  and top with avocado or guacamole and tomato or tomatillo salsa (again make or buy).

                  Fast food at its' finest

                  1. Olivia Feb 9, 2007 05:09 AM

                    Thanks for your replies everyone; much appreciated.

                    Well, sounds like we have a few investors lined up for Toronto's first So. Cal. Fish Taco joint <lol>

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                      johnboycanada Apr 17, 2009 09:31 PM

                      Absolutely the best fish tacos in Toronto are at Chimichanga at Yonge and Eglinton.

                      I'm from the states and love my fish tacos however, Chimichanga's are the best I've had in T.O. Fresh breaded pacific cod with a homemade salsa, they are really really good. Corona is the perfect complimentary drink. I think they're only $11 for three.

                      Chimichanga
                      2360 Yonge Street
                      Toronto, ON M4P 2E6, Canada
                      (416) 480-2446

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                        phoenikia Apr 17, 2009 10:10 PM

                        I wasn't a fan of the fish tacos at Chimichanga- they didn't taste like anything I've had in southern CA. Breaded fish instead of lightly battered, not enough lime, not enough cilantro, no shredded cabbage in sight, no crema or mayo/hot sauce, and doused with what tasted like bottled hot sauce. But, I guess it's a little closer to the real thing than the jumbo fish burritos at Burrito Boyz..

                        I recently heard the Drake is serving fish tacos again, but haven't had a chance to try them out.

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                          phoenikia Apr 18, 2009 07:59 AM

                          Thanks for posting the link, Kagemusha. I actually made some fish tacos last night. Not authentic by any stretch, but much closer to the real thing than Chimichanga's.

                          Looks like Tuesday is Grilled Fish Taco night at the Drake:
                          http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/_ftp/menus/dining.pdf

                          The Drake also serrves Drake Tacos (which are pan-seared Trout tacos) on their lunch menu http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/_ftp/menus/lunch.pdf
                          - but by the looks of the website, the lunch menu is only available Thursday and Friday 12-4, since the brunch menu is in effect 11-4 on the weekends. http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining

                          Not sure I'd really want trout in my taco- has anyone tried the Drake tacos?

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                          The Drake Hotel
                          1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                            georgie64 Jun 6, 2010 02:42 PM

                            i had it last fall. i never want to give props to the drake because i live too close. their non management of noisy patrons at 2am is appauling.
                            by day it's a different story. their fish taco is really a treat. best i've had since La Esquina in NYC. more expensive though--

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                              froglegs Jun 7, 2010 05:01 AM

                              Mmmm ! I must go there and try the fish tacos. Are they still as good as before?
                              Too bad about the noise at night!

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                                Sarah Cat Jun 7, 2010 03:17 PM

                                I must try them!

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                          panko Apr 18, 2009 05:51 AM

                          Not sure if it is still on the menu, because they change it every season, but at Mitzi's Sister, they have had fish tacos. Normally in the spring or summer.

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                            phoenikia Apr 18, 2009 08:07 AM

                            Yep, Haddock tacos are on Mitzi's Sister's current menu:

                            http://mitzissister.com/menu.html

                            Has anyone tried them recently?

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                              domesticgodess Apr 18, 2009 06:22 PM

                              I noticed on the menu at Safari's (on avenue road, north of lawrence)...that they serve tilapia tacos. I did not try it though so I have no idea.

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                                Kagemusha Apr 18, 2009 07:15 PM

                                Blech! Farmed Tilapia? Try to get something way firmer and better--halibut does the trick for me at home. Not cheap but mushy farm fillets just aren't right--or even very tasty.

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                            missnomer Jun 7, 2010 06:38 AM

                            I have had the fish tacos at Rancho Relaxo on College, just west of Spadina. They're decent, but not quite S. California style. The fish part is really tasty (not sure what kind of fish) and is lightly battered. Lettuce, pico, and some kind of mayo type sauce. RR servces them on a flour tortilla instead of a corn tortilla. I prefer corn tortillas.

                            They hit the craving for me, and I think they may be the only kind I've had in the city.

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                            Rancho Relaxo
                            300 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1R9, CA

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                              SweetSweetPotato Jun 7, 2010 02:02 PM

                              T Cafe - where Dooney's used to be - has some tasty fish tacos on their menu right now.

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                              Dooneys Cafe
                              511 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y4, CA

                              1. Bobby Wham Jun 7, 2010 02:40 PM

                                closest thing to a good fish taco here is a filet o fish sandwich at Donnie's

                                1. scarberian Jun 7, 2010 04:10 PM

                                  There's not much to a fish taco. I had a few of them when I was in San Diego last year and if you like fish then by all means get one you'll enjoy it, but I had a totally different expectation to what I actually got. Mind you what I got tasted good, but I was expecting something... different. It was a nicely grilled fish in a soft taco with various chopped vegetables, fresh (I mean FRESH) salsa, and at one joint I had it with some type of creamy sauce. What really makes the experience more enjoyable is the tortilla. Down there it's fresh and has this incredible flavour. I did have one version in SD where they deep fried the fish instead of grilling it and it was still considered a fish taco. I still preferred the grilled version.

                                  If you know how to grill fish then I suggest you do it yourself and find a recipe for fresh salsa either verde or the regular. The veggies that were in the tacos I had were shredded lettuce, thinly sliced onions, diced peppers, and tomatoes. One other place I had the taco included cheese. If you're going to deep fry the fish then try it with coleslaw and tell us what it's like.

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                                    dplawiuk May 15, 2011 07:36 AM

                                    I've had a tough search for good fish tacos in Toronto after getting used to really good fish tacos in Phoenix AZ courtesy of their huge mexican community. Just had the fish tacos at Milagro on Yonge north of Lawrence (1 or 2 other locations too, i think at king west, and downtown).
                                    Lightly battered whitefish and an awesome slaw. Simple, fresh, clean, and a ton of flavour. Try them for sure.

                                    1. dannyboy May 15, 2011 09:14 AM

                                      Milagro - they have red snapper and tuna ones - i love the place there's a dish tuna jalisco that stews them with cactus in a tomato'ish salsa & it's awesome with some guac and hot sauce...
                                      there's one on queen west and the original on mercer street

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                                        dplawiuk May 16, 2011 09:12 AM

                                        Also a Milagro at Yonge and Lawrence.

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                                          pinstripeprincess May 16, 2011 09:15 AM

                                          oooo... i've been looking for cactus dishes! thanks!

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                                          lsk May 15, 2011 04:24 PM

                                          Stockyards has fish tacos on its menu now -- "beer battered Lake Huron Walleye w/ avocado chipotle crema, slaw, smoked green chili". Tried it on Saturday. They were very tasty, but this was my first fish taco, so I have little basis for comparison.

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                                            scarberian May 16, 2011 04:48 AM

                                            Every time I go to San Diego to visit family I always end up eating lots of fish tacos, and carne asada burritos and soft tacos and ... Well it becomes a regular food fest for me. Anyway fish tacos can be battered and deep fried (the fish I mean), breaded and pan fried and, my favourite, grilled. The grilled version IMHO is the best way since I love that smokey flavour. If you really liked it Isk, then that should be enough for you, no need for comparison. Also each version uses different types of fish so that also affects flavour.

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                                            vaiguy777 May 16, 2011 08:54 AM

                                            Here are some suggestions....http://www.postcity.com/Post-City-Mag...

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                                              Wil May 16, 2011 09:54 AM

                                              I've never had an "authentic" one, but the chain Turtle Jack's has it, and I quite enjoyed it.

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                                                LUV_TO_EAT May 16, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                There was a post sometime ago for something close to this....this was my c&p at the time.

                                                The Fish Store, 657 College, at Grace, 416-533-2822 - grilled salmon sandwich

                                                WHY: This nautically themed noshery on the College strip offers some of the freshest takeout seafood in town, whether in wraps, salads or chowders. Grab a bite and a seat on the small curbside terrace and take in the passing parade.
                                                WHAT: A quarter-pound of grilled Pacific salmon – the ethical variety – slathered with secret-recipe garlicky chili pesto on a Portuguese paposecos bun from Golden Wheat Bakery, garnished with tomato, red onion and romaine. $7.95

                                                Google search:

                                                http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/the...

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                                                The Fish Store
                                                657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

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                                                  dannyboy May 16, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                  all they do is add avocado and throw it in a wrap - their fish is killer but it isn't proper fish tacos

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                                                  gillyb May 17, 2011 08:02 PM

                                                  South of Temperance has good fish tacos. They serve three as an appetizer. Best I've had in Toronto.

                                                  On a side note: not sure how anyone could like the fish tacos at Chimichangas...I had to pick the fish out in order to eat them. Ultra disappointing

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                                                  South of Temperance
                                                  20 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H, CA

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                                                    dplawiuk May 17, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                    Agreed. Bland and boring at Chimichangas.

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                                                      PoppiYYZ May 18, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                      @gillyb, Do you know what fish SofT uses in their tacos ? Mahi mahi ?

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                                                      gastrojunkie May 17, 2011 11:03 PM

                                                      The only place I have tried them in Toronto was at Moxies at Yorkdale. They were pretty good, but after just getting back from Mexico nothing compares to the ones I had there. If you try to make them at home try adding a mango chutney or tamarind sauce with them.

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                                                      Yorkdale Cafe
                                                      1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

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                                                        kingsway May 18, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                        the best I have had in TO and very close to the California style are at JOEY DON MILLS. They are pretty amazing. Nicely battered, yet light fish and baby shrimp, good corn tortilla, nice cilantro sprig, guac and hot sauce

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                                                          courtneypants Jun 2, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                          i know!! i ate these yesterday and i can't stop thinking about them, soo delicious!!

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