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Fish Tacos in Tucson?

FishTales Apr 18, 2009 08:11 AM

Does anyone have a favorite place for fish tacos in Tucson? We'll be near the intersection of Grant & Kolb but will have a car. Thanks.


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  1. EWSflash RE: FishTales Apr 18, 2009 08:24 AM

    Sadly, I haven't gone out of my way to seek out local fish tacos, but there's a La Salsa at Grant & Swan, and another at Speedway & Wilmot if you don't mind a tasty chain. They grill their fish rather than battering and frying it.

    Also, you should try Beyond Bread at least once while you're here (Also Speedway & Wilmot, though they don't have fish tacos).

    I recommend Mariscos Chihuahua very highly, they're on Swan just south of Speedway, west side of the street. They serve seafood, limited menu, and serve tortillas with your meal so you can make your own tacos out of it. JJust go- you won't be disappointed.

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      ratuetuate RE: EWSflash Apr 18, 2009 05:54 PM

      I recently enjoyed a grilled (unlike battered and fried) fish taco at Blanco Tacos. It is located in north Tucson. A trendy place with some great margarita's and tequilas, I think it is a prototype for future growth.
      About a year ago when visiting U of A, we went to a taco spot near down(old)town, Taqueira Don Juan Porfis - primarily a college crowd - it was fun - so much so that I can't remember if they had fish tacos though - sorry.
      Having stayed at the Lodge on the Dessert on Alvernon, I have been to the Mariscos on Speedway and agree, its pretty good value without any frills.
      I'll be back in Tucson in a couple of months so would like to read of other recommendations too.

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        EWSflash RE: ratuetuate Apr 18, 2009 07:06 PM

        Thanks for pointing that out about Mariscos Chihuahua, it's not what you'd call Fine Dining (except for the food, and the service is usually spot-on but don't expect osequiousness), I keep forgetting that it's such a no-frills restaurant, and BTW they all only take cash. Small family-owned business. But they do have an ATM.

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      desertsun RE: FishTales Apr 18, 2009 07:53 PM

      I like Chuy's. Your closest would be on Wilmot/Tanque Verde (the road changes name) x Pima. I've been to that one, one at 22nd x Kolb and on the west side of the Catalina Highway. Food's been good at all locations. I usually get the Mahi tacos (grilled) but they also have grilled or fried whitefish. Their Baja sauce is good and one of their salsas, with a vinegar base, is completely addictive.

      This link is to the menu for the 22nd x Kolb location, but I think it's identical at the other locations.


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        EWSflash RE: desertsun Apr 19, 2009 08:19 AM

        Thanks for that link- I haven't been there in so long I didn't realize they had fish tacos. I got so grossed out by the chicken being either half raw or burned clear through the bones (seriously) that I quit going, but I have gotten and enjoyed their baja fish plate, and I always tell them I want all cabbage instead of the cabbage salad, beans and rice. The cabbage salad is really simple and good- cabbage, cilantro, and Girard's raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

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          FishTales RE: EWSflash Apr 19, 2009 05:55 PM

          Thanks to everyone for the ideas. One hot summer's day we tried a few of the seafood cocktails & ceviche (with micheladas, o'course!) at the Sierra Vista Mariscos Chihuahua & everything was good. I'd forgotten there was one in Tucson too, & that they had fish tacos, so that was a good heads-up. I'd assumed that Tucson fish taco places would be pretty casual but the website for Blanco Tacos + Tequila seems a bit upscale & that's fine too. Happily, we're going to be in Tucson a few times in the next 6 weeks so we'll be able to try a few places. Cheers!

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            lawyerbriefs RE: FishTales Apr 19, 2009 06:10 PM

            We're off to Blanco in a few minutes for Sunday family dinner. Blanco is far from authentic, but you can get in and out without spending a fortune, the patio is wonderful on a balmy Spring or Summer evening and the food is certainly tasty!

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              EWSflash RE: lawyerbriefs Apr 19, 2009 08:17 PM

              Where's Blanco? I have in my mind it's at La Encantada, es verdad?

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                FishTales RE: EWSflash Apr 19, 2009 08:46 PM

                Their website's here


                & their Tucson address is 2905 E Skyline Drive #246.


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                  lawyerbriefs RE: EWSflash Apr 19, 2009 09:05 PM

                  True it is. Upstairs near the east end of La Encantada, just west of Bluefish.

        2. lawyerbriefs RE: FishTales Apr 19, 2009 09:11 PM

          For way funky fish tacos, you might try Montana Avenue, a Fix Restaurant Concepts place just a little west of Grant and Tanque Verde/Kolb. They do an ahi taco appetizer in fried won ton wrappers that's wonderful. With a Martini or a dry white wine it's a light dinner!

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            FishTales RE: lawyerbriefs Apr 20, 2009 09:14 AM

            This just gets better & better, thanks. I didn't think Tucson *had* any places like that. Cheers!

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              desertsun RE: lawyerbriefs Apr 20, 2009 08:17 PM

              The ahi tacos sound wonderful, but I'm not sure I could get in and out of Montana Avenue without the potato chips and bleu cheese dip!

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                EWSflash RE: desertsun Apr 20, 2009 08:31 PM

                My guilty pleasure for dinner is the ribeye with the little blue cheese hat on.. SO good.

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              Claudette RE: FishTales Apr 21, 2009 10:55 AM

              I had some surprisingly nice fish tacos at the B-line coffee house. If you like coffee and pies and cakes ( the reasons I originally went) this is the place. I got the fish tacos just to placate my mom's ghost nagging in my ear to eat real food before dessert, but they were better than I expected.

              621 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

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                italianscallion RE: FishTales Apr 21, 2009 08:27 PM

                Costa Brava/Rodriguez Fish Co. on 12th Ave. north of Ajo has excellent cabrilla tacos. It comes with a kick-ass pico de gallo.

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                  FishTales RE: italianscallion Apr 24, 2009 10:52 AM

                  B-Line & Costa Brava look good too, thanks. We've been to Rodriguez Fish. They sometimes have 5-lb boxes of frozen wild Mexican shrimp & we can't find anything but farmed where we live. Cheers!

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                  bmmer100 RE: FishTales Nov 14, 2010 07:39 AM

                  Multiple locations with fried or broiled fish tacos. They never disappoint and the atomosphere is fun if not a bit tired. I go there often but only for the food. The chicken is great in every form from tacos to salads etc. Best Hot Wings in Tucson.

                  Chuy's Baja Broiler
                  3100 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716

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                    bmmer100 RE: FishTales Nov 14, 2010 07:42 AM

                    Not totally authentic but definitley the best fish or shrimp tacos in town. SIts above the city in the foothills and the views are amazing as are the margaritas. Service is usually prompt and a little wait is not unusual. Lots of other great items on the menu including a pork enchilada dish that is melt in your mouth delicious.

                    2905 E Skyline Dr Ste 246, Tucson, AZ 85718

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                      dgrayzona RE: FishTales Nov 20, 2010 02:16 AM

                      PICO DE GALLO on south sixth near the freeway. Get them on corn tortillas as they hand make them per order -this is a no frills place -but really good!-watch the sauce--they don't call it pico de gallo for nothing- If you don't like these--go to the food court at the mall or KFC -- Bye

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