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fish tacos in Baltimore

emt Jul 13, 2008 09:55 PM

Looking for some good fish tacos; I have yet to try Tortillaria or Las Palmas, which I've heard are v. good--but are there any sit-down places where you can also get some decent margaritas and share a bowl a chips and guacamole (and that are inexpensive)?

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    mobtown999 Jul 17, 2008 10:54 AM

    I go to Tortillaria and Las Palmas all the time, but have never had fish tacos (my favorite at Las Palmas are the Enchiladas Verdes.) Neither have margaritas. For a completely different atmosphere, Taco Fiesta in Harbor East has really tasty fish tacos, good drinks, and an extensive salsa bar. They also have nice happy hour deals.

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      bluepig1 Jul 17, 2008 01:01 PM

      I go to La Tortilleria a lot too and like mobtown999 had never seen fish tacos on the menu, but was pleasantly surprised last month during a chowhound taco crawl to find their fish tacos (grilled fresh tilapia with a lively seasoning) to be fantastic. Freshly made - the fish was tender and hot. They came with a little cup of pico, not the guac that normally accompanies the other meat tacos.

      I'd suggest these as the best fish tacos I've had in Baltimore (not that I've successfully found fish tacos very many places other than the mass produced ones at Baja Fresh), but it seemed the fish tacos were a special item available that day -- written on the chalkboard menu but not the paper menus. You might call them to see when they offer it.

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        bluepig1 Jul 20, 2008 08:50 PM

        Update: went back to Tortilleria today -- it appears the fish tacos have been added to the regular menu rotation. They're now on the chalkboard as before but also on the printed paper menus. Officially -- they're "tilapia in Old Bay with butter and tarragon". That said -- unless you're a "eat really quick and run" sort, Tortilleria these days (no A/C) is almost unbearably hot inside, especially on weekends when they've been running their tortilla press. We got ours to go and ate at home a few blocks away.

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        KAZ Jul 17, 2008 01:02 PM

        Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, Capt Larry's on Fort Ave has really good fish tacos. Good drinks as well. But will probably have to forgo the chips and guaca.

        I like Taco Fiesta as well and second their Happy Hour deals.

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          jfish Jul 17, 2008 01:43 PM

          I had the fish tacos at Capt Larry's about a month ago and they were quite good.

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            pigtowner Jul 19, 2008 05:58 PM

            I've also loved the fish tacos at Capt. Larry's. I actually tried it on recommendation from someone on here.

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              MarcDC Jul 22, 2008 03:19 PM

              4th on Capt Larrys.

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          charmgirl Jul 17, 2008 04:58 PM

          I don't always like everything on their menu, but Red Star in Fells Point has fish tacos that I really liked. Grilled swordfish, crunchy cabbage, mandarin oranges, thick avocados -- they were unusual and tasty.

          1. Eat_Nopal Jul 17, 2008 05:03 PM

            You might want to specify what type of Fish Tacos... there are many varieties like Ensenada style, Grilled, Tinga, Nayarit - Zarandeado style, Sinaloa style Griddled Smoked Marlin, Cabo style Griddled Smoked Marlin with Tomato-Caper-Olive-Jalapeno sauce etc., etc.,

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              youami Jul 18, 2008 10:19 AM

              Annabel Lee has great orange roughy tacos. They are glazed with an orange marmalade-based sauce. Yum!

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                ko1 Jul 18, 2008 10:46 AM

                If you are looking for Ensenada style fried fish tacos with cabbage, etc., the ones at Taco Fiesta in Inner Harbor East are great and the place meets all your other requirements.

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                falloutshelter Jul 21, 2008 01:32 PM

                I have always liked the fish tacos at Nacho Mama's. They are usually a special, and the ones I'm thinking of are the fried rockfish or catfish. They are the eat with a fork type. The refried beans and queso are also excellent there. Just stay away from the margaritas.

                1. poached Jul 21, 2008 03:51 PM

                  I like many others on the board really like the fish tacos @ Captin Larry's.
                  But a surprising place I've found for sitting down sharing chips, magarita and fish tacos is Zen West around Belvedere Square. The Mahi Mahi Tacos are wonderful, great spice and crunchy cabbage slaw, served with black beans and rice. Likewise the Shrimp tacos are great and they are happy to serve them on corn tortilla's if you ask. I have not be that impressed with other dishes on the menu so I don't reccomend straying but those 2 entrees have been stellar every time! The chips and salsa are good, spicy and plentiful, The Margaritta's can be hit or miss I usually opt for a DosXX.

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                    falloutshelter Jul 22, 2008 12:00 PM

                    I'll check out Capn Larry's. I wasn't at all impressed with Zen west. Chips and salsa were decent.

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                      bluepig1 Jul 23, 2008 08:10 AM

                      Hmmm. A little bit off topic, but I've been disappointed with Zen West... and the chips and salsa I found were far from plentiful. The medium size basket of chips was fine, but the tiny little half cup of salsa we got ran out quickly (while is was tasty enough). The menu clearly says, however, that's there's a charge for more chips and salsa beyond the first basket/cup. While I might be able to understand this in current economic times, this is the only place I've found to actually charge more for a second basket of chips/salsa.

                      Anyway, that's not my main beef with Zen West -- though I haven't had the fish tacos there, I once tried to do a substitution/special order on enchiladas and the waitress once actually said "it can't be done, as the enchiladas are all premade". Yeah, I'm not going back anytime soon.

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                      Rebzilla Jul 23, 2008 08:43 AM

                      Holy Frijoles has some bangin fish tacos. I had a platter of them with rice and beans just two weeks ago and was blown away. Standard cabbage fixin's atop fresh non-bredded fish, with a mild and surprisingly light cheese sauce on top. And there guacamole is to die for...if they aren't out of it. Price is oh so right.

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