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Jan 16, 2010 05:36 AM

Baja style fish taco?

Okay I confess, I use to go to Baja Fresh for their fish tacos. But, they closed last year and I haven't found a good fish taco since.

I live in Woburn and have tried Three Amigos in Stoneham, but theirs is just.. okay.

The Ninety-nine, about the same..

Anyone know of a place where the fish taco is really good? I don't want to travel to Boston Proper though. Thanks.

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  1. I'd give La Paloma in Quincy a try. I haven't been down your way in a while (south of Boston), but I remember it as having great Mexican food.

    La Paloma Mexican Food
    195 Newport Ave, Quincy, MA 02170

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    1. re: ecwashere7

      Woburn is north of Boston. They weren't on the menu, but Tu Y O in Somerville made me fish tacos. The fish wasn't fried, so granted they weren't Baja style, but they were very good. Dorado Tacos in Brookline has very good fish tacos. I just want a spicier sauce to accompany them.

      Tu Y Yo Mexican Fonda
      858 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

      Dorado Tacos & Cemitas
      401 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

      1. re: CookieLee

        I was thinking Stoughton when he said Stoneham. My bad.

          1. re: CookieLee

            I should have read the part that said "I live in Woburn" a little closer. Oh well. As for fish tacos north of Boston, hmmm... That's not an easy find. I'd suggest either Ole or La Verdad for closer to Boston, but Woburn is a little tough.

            Great Bay used to have fantastic fish tacos on their bar menu. I still get a little teary-eyed thinking about GB.

    2. I love Baja-style fish tacos and have never found even a decent one around here, so I just fly to San Diego twice a year for it. I recently found a fish taco (a battered fried fish burrito) at Kings Bowling in Legacy Mall that is very much like the ones in SoCal.

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        1. re: mcel215

          Legacy Place is the new mall in Dedham.

        2. re: joebloe

          "I love Baja-style fish tacos and have never found even a decent one around here, so I just fly to San Diego twice a year for it."

          haha i love this! thanks for saying it :D

          1. re: joebloe

            tried the fish taco at Kings Bowling...they must've changed the chef or something because the one I had there was not very good (and nothing like the Rubio's ones I remember)...$10 down the drain...the search continues...

          2. Try Ixtapa in Lexington. (NOT the Ixtapa in Woburn.) I've had decent fish tacos there - certainly not like So Cal, but pretty passable for so close to home. Also, the whole fried tilapia is really yummy.

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            1. re: Eatin in Woostah

              Thanks Eatin,
              Are you sure I can't get them in Woburn though? I can walk to that place, hahaa. :)

              1. re: mcel215

                I have tried the Woburn Ixtapa a few times, and it has been consistently awful. On the other hand, I've never had a bad meal at the Lexington location, and we eat there probably twice a month. Just don't want you to judge the Lexxy Ixtapa quality based on an easy trip to Woburn, which is why I warned aganst it. :)

              2. re: Eatin in Woostah

                Our most recent two meals at Ixtapa have been total disappointments relative to a year ago and longer when we looked forward to getting there. The salsa seemed watered down, as did the margaritas (the upgraded Gold version, even) and the fish tacos were pretty nearly inedible - lukewarm and REALLY fishy, with very soupy "refried beans' (which were always a weak point there anyway).

                The staff were as friendly and helpful as ever and it was busy as usual, but we are having trouble mustering up the will to return. Have you been in the last few weeks and enjoyed it as much as ever? At this point, I'l opt for the Border Care in Burlington for this type of all-american tex mex experience...

                1. re: rlh

                  That's sad - I used to think Ixtapa was pretty decent when I lived nearby.

                  1. re: rlh

                    You know, when we went two weeks ago the salsa was weirdly watery, and the "mild" salsa that my daughter usually gets and loves looked completely different and tasted off. But we were back on Tuesday last week and it was back to normal. Maybe they had someone new in the kitchen that didn't work out?

                  2. re: Eatin in Woostah

                    Went to the Lexington Ixtapa once and will NEVER eat there again. Awful meal, bad service and just about everything wrong a restaurant can do.

                    349 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

                    1. re: justauser

                      Ditto - same experience and they tried to charge us for beers we didn't order. Never eat there again!

                  3. The owners of Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, Brookline, are San Diego natives. They are making Ensenada, Baja California-style fish tacos (beer battered white fish, two corn tortillas, radishes, cabbage, crema, etc.)

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                    1. re: Mr. Darcy

                      Do they make their own battered fresh fish or do they deepfry those frozen fish sticks from bulk Costco/BJs bags?

                      1. re: joebloe

                        I ate there for the first time today. The fish batter is uneven and home-made-looking, to be sure.

                        I am probably the least qualified person on this board to comment on fish tacos, having only eaten some muck at a random bar before today, but I went in there with high hopes of making a new chow discovery. Sadly, my dorado and ensenada tacos (with rice and beans) were amongst the blandest food I have ever stumped up cash for. The crema/mayo was the only flavour in the entire taco, and not enough to approach making the taco "tasty". Not sure I "get" fish tacos after this experience. Roll on a long overdue trip to CA I guess.

                        1. re: chickendhansak

                          How hard is it to make a decent fish taco or fish burrito...REALLY?

                          1. re: joebloe

                            It's one of my favorites to eat out. I live alone and making two baha fish tacos is a pain in the neck. The cabbage, the pico de gallo... come on, it's just not that easy. I think it's actually cheaper to buy them. I just need to find a place near me that makes a good one.

                            1. re: mcel215

                              I didn't mean for the average joe like you and me to make them. I meant there's no excuse for virtually all restaurants to make them so lousy around here and expect us to suck it up an eat it.

                    2. Jack Tar's in Marblehead does a very good fish taco witha mango salsa!