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Mar 1, 2009 09:54 PM

Tacos Choice, Salinas

Ok so I stopped in again just to get a quick lunch.

Sigh....I have a lot to order here. But I tried this time the grilled fish tacos. Usually I only eat one, but these we perfectly cooked. Moist flavorful fish with a wonderful habanero salsa.

I mean these tacos rocked. I watched orders of shrimp tacos pass by, and all I can say is that I wanted some. Or lobster tacos. Or the sweet potato fries (Yelp reports that this guy worked Hulas which is famous (rightly so) for its sweet potato fries).

Any way for those of you looking for a slightly more upscale eatery than a taco truck...

Tacos Choice Mexican Food
624 Williams Rd, Salinas, CA 93905

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  1. We used to go to Tacos Choice at the original location on South Main Street. Yesterday was our first visit since it moved to Alisal more than two years ago and I mentioned this to the owner. While this place is larger, he said that business has not been as good for him here. The pan-island, tropical theme has given way to a pretty much straight up Mexican mariscos menu.

    Mom had a fish taco, $2.50, and this is still stellar. Carefully dusted with seasoning rub, grilled to perfect juiciness, and garnished with habanero salsa, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro, red salsa on the side and a wedge of lime.

    New on the menu are Salvadoran pupusas, $2.50 apiece, that can be ordered singly with a variety of fillings. I was intrigued by the option of shrimp and cheese so picked one of those, as well as my usual favorite, revuelta (beans, cheese, chicharron). This time, revuelta let me down, too greasy here and the pork tasted stale. However, the shrimp pupusa was great, studded with whole tender shrimp in a sea of molten cheese. The pupusas are made to order here, taking a little longer to for an order to be served, but worth the wait for the tender masa and delicate golden crisp surface. Curtido slaw was more acidic and fresher/crisper than would be served at a Salvadoran spot, and the red salsa had a little Mexicanized kick to it.

    Mom had coffee and I had a Jamaica agua fresca. With tax and tip, we were out of here for less than $15.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Fish taco looks good. Any idea what kind of fish is used?

      1. re: Scott M

        I meant to ask since I was astounded at how good it was, but forgot. At that price, one would assume tilapia. But this was a thicker fillet than typical for tilapia. Also the flavor was sweeter and the flesh a bit firmer. If you told me it was black bass, I'd believe you, but I just don't know. And if you said it was tilapia, I'd say it's the best tilapia I've ever tasted.