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Fish Tacos in CT

I'm looking for good fish tacos in connecticut.

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  1. Agave in downtown Hartford and Southington has decent ones. I just had a soft one and crunchy one there on Monday (Hartford location). They are the closest to ones I've had at little Mexican joints in San Diego however I must mention that they use iceberg lettuce rather than cabbage.

    also, I must say that I tried Baja Fresh (various locations) and their Fish tacos don't cut it.

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    1. re: masha bousha

      Baja's in Orange is terrible. My husband & I had high hopes. They use deep fried fish & have a salsa bar.

    2. We haven't looked too assiduously, but have nonetheless seen bupkes in the New Haven area. Making our own satisfies the need for now.

      1. I had some mighty tasty fish tacos at the Jasper White's Summer Shack in Mohegan Sun. I went there with chain-food expectations (had never eaten at a Summer Shack) and was pleasantly surprised!

        1. Not far from Connecticut is the great town of Wakefield, Rhode Island. Surfin' Tacos in Wakefield has been serving up award winning fish tacos for 4 years now.

          Jerry Saywell

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          1. re: Jerry Saywell

            I visited Surfin Taco's this past Monday. Very nice place in a vintage town center. Parking was simple, etc. The interior of the building was nice, spacious, etc.

            Fish tacos were a little over $3. Other tacos were a smidge over $2. I got one fish taco and one chicken taco (flour tortilla).

            Both tacos were quite small. Fish taco had very little fish in it.

            The fish taco "shell" was terrible. First bite in - had a rubbery texture to it - almost like uncooked spaghetti. Overall - not a fan at all.

            Chicken taco was alright - I think it was better than the fish taco - but it was double wrapped in flour tortillas and they were quite poor tasting. Overpowered the taco. Not too great.

            The tacos came with tortilla chips that were quite thick & crunchy - a tad on the overdone side. Not sure if they make these in-house. The salsa (I ordered hot) was actually hot and pretty good - and that was the only saving grace of this place.

            I wouldn't recommend it at all. I had high hopes going in - and found it to be in a nice setting and all - but the food just didn't deliver, and was highly priced for what you were getting. Oh well - it was definitely worth the shot.

          2. I must say for a fast food joint -- Baja Fresh's fish tacos are not too shappy -- the best for fast food.

            1. I'll probably get skewered but I thought On the Border's were pretty good.

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              1. re: Enfielder

                ill hop in and skewer you

                the fish 'patties' they put in these are so heavily breaded and overfried.. pretty much a filet-o-fish in a taco. and wtf is up with the milky mayo crap they put in there? i wanted to puke after eating one of the two that i mistakenly purchased on that fateful day. anyone reading this looking for 'good,' SD-style fish tacos BEWARE of on the border. the only thing this place is good for is drinking sh*t beer out of goblets, which is a mildly entertaining experience at best.

              2. Baja's Mexican restaurant (not Baja's fresh) on Rte 1 in Orange has great fish tacos. It is not great on atmosphere, but the food is wonderful. Seriously the best nachos I have ever had (they make their chips themselves), and the mango margaritas are amazing.

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                1. re: Barley

                  Jasper White's at Mohegan Sun has some decent fish tacos, as mentioned above, but they are pricy and not outstanding. The pieces of fish are so tiny that they really lack flavor.

                  99 Restaurant has just introduced fish tacos on their new lunch menu. $7.49 for three fish tacos and a side of rice. They are pretty good, I think at least as good as Jasper White's and a lot cheaper. The fish is fried, as the fish in fish tacos is supposed to be. The tortillas are decent and hold together nicely and the tacos have shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and guacamole, with a side of sour cream. Not mayo like they do in Ensenada but the cabbage is more authentic than the lettuce some other places give.

                  On the down side, the side of rice is their standard rice pilaf, not Mexican rice. But still, a pretty good find for not a lot of money.

                2. Azu in Mystic has yummy blackened fish tacos with cabbage slaw, chipotle remoulade, and tomato salsa. Website: http://www.ckrestaurantgroup.com/azu/.... They are only on the lunch menu. It can get quite crowded and the tables are tiny. I would go there more often if I lived closer.

                  1. Why bother? Fish tacos are best enjoyed on the beach in the Baja or in a California strip mall. I absolutely love fish tacos, but save my craving for when I'm on the West Coast. I've tried everything out here, even making my own, but it's just not the same. There's something just wrong about eating fish tacos as the snow falls.

                    1. la salsa in fairfield on the post road has good fish tacos. its more cal style but it fills the craving

                      1. I had blackened grouper tacos at Max Fish in Glastonbury for lunch on Friday and they were excellent.

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                        1. re: annlouise

                          the idea of blackened fish tacos (while not unappealing) is certainly depressing. in my book, there is only one kind of fish taco- battered & deep fried. just like white pizza is not really pizza, just bread with cheese on it. hehe....

                        2. I confess, I've never had the pleasure of enjoying fish taco's from Baja, but I did try them twice recently (within the past 2 months.) The first attempt was at Cheesecake Factory in West Hartford Center - mushy, tasteless will never order again. The second was last evening at Houlihan's in Glastonbury. These were served on soft shell with cabbage (not lettuce) and were crunchy, not overly breaded, very tasty.

                          1. Plan ahead for your next trip to "Vacationland" and hit the Mexican Restaurant on R 1 N. in Hancock, Maine. Enjoy fish and shrimp tacos and for the big spenders a lobster fajita! Really! Great menudo and tamales too.
                            Maine, the way life should be...... :-)

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                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              I too like the fish tacos at the Summer shack but they are expensive. The Cuckoo's nest in Old Saybrook has some that are pretty good.

                              1. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                Hold on to your hat, Tink, you can get 5, yes five, fish tacos(the shrimp ones cost more.) at the Mexican Restaurant for 4-5 bucks. but it helps to speak Spanish. These guys that charge 7-8 bucks for 1 fish taco oughtta be deported and thrown in jail in Tiajuana for highway robbery!
                                But thanks, next time down 95, the New Haven taco trucks and the Cuckoo's Nest!

                            2. Just tried Cuckoos Nest. Sorry, but the fish tacos aren't worth the $18. (!!!) I won't be back there.

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                              1. re: christianart

                                While I generally avoid chains or "mini-chains," I have had the fish tacos several times at Acapulco's in Stratford and have enjoyed them immensely. Grilled - not fried - fish and very tasty acouterments - at very reasonable prices.
                                They also have a very nice selection of Mexican beers on tap.