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Where are Florida's best fish tacos?

I am most interested in Central Florida fish tacos, but feel free to list other FL locations.

In Orlando, I usually get them at Baja Burrito and load them up with the salsa fresca. I have not been totally pleased with the ones at Houlihan's. Cheesecake Factory ones are okay. Does anyone know if they have them at that little taco stand in Casselberry?

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  1. The Monkey King....on US 1 in Stuart has incredible fish tacos....I really like fish tacos...have a tough time finding good ones...and The Monkey King has them!!!....The BEST I ever had however....was deepsea fishing in Cozumel, Mexico....caught a large Wahoo....took him back to shore....took him to a restaurnant across from the marina....and they whacked him up....and made fish tacos and just about anything else you could....and boy was that great!.....What a pleasant memory......

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    1. re: LargeLife

      Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check this place out next time I have to head down that way.

      Having learned to love fish tacos on the streets of Encinada, Mexico, I'm pretty disappointed with what I've tried so far in the Orlando area. The ones I make at home are often requested when folks come over and I usually use shark, when I can get it fresh.

      1. re: LargeLife

        I just had the mahi mahi tacos at Monkey King yesterday. You know when you have low expectations (or none at all) and you walk away really really surprised and delighted? Well, that was me and the mahi mahi tacos and Monkey King. The tacos were really tasty. I had one hard shell and one soft shell. The mahi mahi was just a little bit spicy--perfectly so. They were served with a side of black beans and white rice...I think the white rice was kinda a high-margin side, but the rest of the dish was pretty fab. At $13.95 though, it's not cheap.

        Also tried out their sampler beer selection, which was fun. I went for the Nut Brown Ale and my uncle got the Oktoberfest. I thought the Nut Brown was appropriately nutty, but it was too carbonated to be an ale. Now as an American, I prefer my beer on the fizzier side, so this was fine. It just wasn't an ale-ale.

      2. When in Fort Lauderdale, try the fish tacos at Fresh Enchinlada on Federal Highway, between Oakland Park Blvd. and Commercial Blvd.


        1. The best is Zona Fresca, a local fresh mex place in Fort Lauderdale. It is fresh Mahi, perfectly fried, with a tangy sauce. Plus...it's light on the wallet.

          1. Shrimp Express in Coral Springs!

            1. Goombays in Satellite Beach

              1. I'm really particular about fish tacos being from San Diego! Dunedin Brewery has the best I've had so far in Tampa. Great fish tacos, great beer....aahhhhh!

                P.S.- I agree, the fish tacos at Houlihans are TERRIBLE!!!

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                1. re: curleegurl

                  I was living in North Park when the Columbia Brewery opened downtown next to the train station. Of course, I also remember when Horton Plaza was surrounded by the Pussycat Theatre and the Seven-Seas, but that only shows that I'm getting old.

                2. Z-Grille on Central in downtown St Pete has really excellent fish tacos. Excellent Cal-mex food across the board, actually.

                  1. Mi Mexico - Deland, FL - You get your moneys worth if you get it with the flour tortilla. Their fish is crispy and deep fried in cornmeal, I think. They top it with lettuce and pico de gallo. You can choose the corn tortilla, but it's a little bit smaller and it's store bought.

                    Los Dos Compadres - Deland, FL - It's small and it's placed on handmade tortillas. Also topped with lettuce and pico de gallo. Tastes great but for the price, I'm not sure. It depends, really.

                    Overall, both restaurants have great fish tacos. I just like Los Dos Compadres better than any other mexican restaurant.

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                      1. re: winechic

                        The fish tacos @ Lulu's in downtown Fernandina Beach (north of Jacksonville) are great.

                    1. Zona Fresca's and Whole Enchilada's (in Fort Lauderdale) fish tacos are totally different.

                      Zona's uses battered and fried fish, with cabbage and tangy sauce. Enchilada's are grilled and not battered, and come two different ways - one with cilantro sauce and cabbage, the other with chipotle sauce and lettuce.

                      All are very good.

                      1. For a really delicious treat, try the lobster tacos at the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Soft corn tortillas, delicately battered lobster, cabbage and avocado crema - they are to die for!

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                        1. re: MelissaKav


                          Agreed. Dying is what I felt my body doing the first time I had these. I am heading back this weekend, and hope they are still rocking these.


                        2. I had some excellent fish tacos at the Alehouse on 436 on Monday, if you're looking for Orlando.

                          I've been meaning to check out that taco stand in Cassellberry. I'll check it out next week.

                          1. I agree with you on Houlihans. The fish tacos there are too big and bulky. I had to eat them with a fork and knife.

                            There is Normans on collins ave in Miami that has a good mahi fish taco
                            I had a wonderful grouper fish taco in Key west but I can't remember where I ate it at :(

                            Chains that have good fish tacos -
                            Bahama Breeze - Lunch only
                            Bj Brewhouse

                            I'm looking for some places that aren't chains in Orlando. Le Rouge has fish tacos on their tapas menu, I may have to try those, any other places?

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                            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                              Taqueria Monterrey (Tampa and Lakeland) just expanded their seafood offerings. I have only tried the fish al pastor and the octopus so far, but both are very good. The al pastor had large chunks of pineapple. The fried fish tacos that have been on the menu at TM and the taco bus for awhile are also quite good.

                              1. re: CFishman

                                The Watrerfront Restaurant, Anna Maria Island, has very good Fish Tacos, Usually Grouper.

                                1. re: ospreycove

                                  TACO BUS, TAMPA. Words can't describe.

                            2. Deland Fish House, fresh mahi, with a spicy sauce, fresh salsa and slaw for a nice change from the norm. I dont eat lettuce, and other fish tacos in the area at mexican rest, the mahi or fish was not fresh.

                              Deland Fish House
                              310 E International Speedway Blvd, Deland, FL 32724

                              1. Singletons seafood shack in Jacksonville, best mahi tacos. Bigger than your average fish taco. We drive 3 hours just to eat them for lunch.

                                1. Since this got bumped again, I'll vote for the cod taco from Tako Cheena in Orlando. Fantastic fish taco, covered with Asian slaw and bursting with flavor.

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                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                    I'll put in a vote for both the tacos and fajitas at Mariscos Azteca (AKA Azteca) in Sarasota. The name of the restaurant tells you that this is a place specializing in seafood.

                                    I've had the fish versions and the shrimp versions. Delicious!

                                    If you're in the mood for a more formal meal, order their Mariscada Azteca, a Mexican take on cioppino/bouillabaisse.

                                  2. Tacoson every Sat. Original owner of Taco Bus. Great food

                                    1. California Tacos to Go at 1450 Skipper Road (near the intersection of Bearss East and Skipper Road) in Tampa has good fish tacos. This appears to be their specialty. You can miss them easily because they are on a curve of Bearss Road and set back from the road quite a bit. It's take-out and then you can eat on a wooden bench under some big trees, if you want.

                                      I thought that they were quite good--for fish tacos--but I must admit that I don't "get" fish tacos. Fish tacos are so mildly flavored . . .