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Awesome Baja-Style Fish Tacos, thank you Alex! (San Diego)

Josh Sep 14, 2009 12:44 PM

A while ago, Alex (kare_raisu) posted a review of a mariscos truck doing what he described as the best Baja-style fish tacos in SD. I've now been a couple of times, and can report that he wasn't kidding - these are some great fish tacos. Nicely fried, on fresh tortillas, with just the right amount of cabbage and white sauce. The salsas on hand are pretty good too, one habanero, and one chile de arbol (I think). They also have raw red onions w/ chilies and black pepper, which add a nice bite to the tacos.

The name of the truck is Mariscos El Pescador. Here's a map to the location:

Definitely worth your time. Fish tacos are only $1.25. I can't think of a better lunch for less than $4.

  1. DiningDiva Sep 14, 2009 01:36 PM

    Josh, is that Chula Vista? If so, I think that's the same parking lot that has a truck doing Torta Ahogada. Supposed to be the best Torta Ahogada in SD. I know you're not doing the commodity meat bit any more, but if you're so inclined, or have a friend that's so inclined, that truck may also be worth some investigation.

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    1. re: DiningDiva
      Josh Sep 14, 2009 02:33 PM

      Yeah, I saw that truck too. Dying to try it. I'm probably going to see if they'll do one without meat.

    2. j
      jayporter Sep 14, 2009 01:37 PM

      Josh, you should also check out (if you haven't already) Kiko's taco truck at 35th and El Cajon (NE corner). I think you'd dig it. To my palate it is just like street fish tacos in Ensenada.

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      1. re: jayporter
        Josh Sep 14, 2009 02:33 PM

        Thanks for the tip, I will check it out.

      2. j
        jasont Sep 15, 2009 10:50 AM

        Those sound great. How do they compare to the fried fish tacos at Mariscos German?
        They are only a buck.

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        1. re: jasont
          Josh Sep 15, 2009 11:15 AM

          I don't think I've had the German tacos. I am too distracted by the tostada mixta and marlyn taco.

          1. re: jasont
            Josh Sep 15, 2009 12:34 PM

            Just put down two of the baja-style, and a Gobernador. Have to say, I think their Gobernador gave German a serious run for the money.

            1. re: Josh
              millerowski Sep 15, 2009 01:00 PM

              the link on the original post above is to a Toys R US. But I've seen the place written up elsewhere and can probably find it...thanks...

              1. re: millerowski
                Josh Sep 15, 2009 01:20 PM

                It's in the parking lot of the Toys R Us. That was the easiest thing to link to. It's on the eastern edge of the parking lot, on Industrial between L and Moss.

              2. re: Josh
                jasont Sep 15, 2009 03:28 PM

                I'll have to give this place a try sometime. Try the fried fish tacos at German sometime, they are the best I've had so far.

                1. re: jasont
                  Josh Sep 15, 2009 06:10 PM

                  I will for sure. My next visit to Mariscos El Pescador is going to be for their tostada mixta. Incredible looking ceviche on there.

            2. kare_raisu Sep 15, 2009 09:39 PM

              This is the only place in SD I have seen offer Choros - Mussels. Thanks for refreshing everyone about the place Josh

              1. Masa Assassin Sep 15, 2009 10:19 PM

                Here is the Link to the original post. regarding El Pescador.


                On a side note the owner of Kikos on 35th and University is related to the Owner of Mariscos German. Most of thier tacos are very similar and menus almost identical however I give the edge to German.

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                1. re: Masa Assassin
                  kare_raisu Sep 16, 2009 12:07 AM

                  Here's another link you might want to use one day guey http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/536474 while your at it.

                  1. re: Masa Assassin
                    Masa Assassin Sep 16, 2009 09:13 AM

                    OOPS I meant kikos on 35th and El Cajon

                  2. y6y6y6 Sep 16, 2009 01:13 PM

                    I just ate there. I'll have a longer review up later, but a quick take -

                    Easy to get to off the 5, and right by the road, in the Toys-r-Us parking lot.

                    Fish, fried shrimp, and gobernador tacos plus a soda and soup for $7 even.

                    Nice selection of sauces (rather than salsa), limes, and sour onions for garnish. Fresh tortillas. Tons of parking, a shade tent, but no tables. Rather a big crowd for a truck when I was there at noon, about 15 people.

                    Fish and fried shimp tacos were good but not outstanding. But the gobernador was seriously delicious. I'll be back to try some of the other stuff. The sauce are first rate and add a ton of flavor. The portions were a bit less than at German's, but not by much.



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                    1. re: y6y6y6
                      Josh Sep 16, 2009 01:30 PM

                      Funny, the tostada mixta I saw there looked to be about 50% bigger than at German.

                      1. re: Josh
                        y6y6y6 Sep 16, 2009 01:55 PM

                        Actually I can confirm that. One of the other customers had one, and it was pretty darn big. Looked delicious too.

                        So it might be more accurate to say that some portions are larger, some are smaller. But at the end of the day I think it should come down to quality, and I was very happy with that. And I don't think anyone would complain about value when a seafood lunch costs $7 and leaves you stuffed. Sorry if I left that impression.

                      2. re: y6y6y6
                        rquitaso Sep 27, 2009 08:02 PM

                        some pictures from a visit this weekend:

                        thanks for the lowdown all. great stuff.

                      3. c
                        cstr Sep 21, 2009 03:23 PM

                        Went back today, had the Gobernador, probably the best I've had, this Marisco's truck has it going. The textures and flavor of the Gobernador was 'off the hook' great. Finished it off with a fish taco and broth which were also excellent. Can't go wrong for under $10.

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