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Best Fish Tacos in Ft Lauderdale ?

succeed Feb 12, 2010 09:40 AM

Next month, I get to eat 3 meals while passing through Ft Lauderdale. I've never had a fish taco before and am anxious to try one. I've read that Zona Fresca does a great job with them, but the reviews for the fish tacos at Coconuts is mixed - is it worth it or not? Anywhere else I should consider trying, that will be easy to get to? I'll be staying on the beachfront (and will be getting around by trolley). TIA

  1. jpr54_1 Jun 13, 2010 02:45 PM

    This restaurant is not in Ft. Lauderdale but has great tacos, etc.
    Surf Road Tac101 NE 3rd St.


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      karbethw May 30, 2010 06:24 PM

      The best fish tacos are at the Whole Enchilada on Federal...always very fresh and reasonably priced!

      The Whole Enchilada
      4115 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

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      1. re: karbethw
        timschira Jun 12, 2010 04:39 AM

        I second the Whole Enchilada, best grilled fish tacos! also good shrimp

        The Whole Enchilada
        4115 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

        1. re: karbethw
          ldkelley Jun 14, 2010 06:36 PM

          I'm a third for the Whole Enchilada.

          The Whole Enchilada
          4115 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

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          cdmirshamsi May 29, 2010 06:18 AM

          Lulus on the beach has good fish tacos believe it or not, (not much else on the menu would I recommend) , coconuts is also good and much nicer environment.

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            Sobe4u Feb 13, 2010 12:52 PM

            Tuna Taco's at Steak954 @ the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale are awesome

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            1. re: Sobe4u
              gammish Mar 26, 2010 03:37 PM

              Ok, here is a little secret for Best Fish Tacos and its ideally visited by boat. The Pelican Grill which is above the gas station in the Pier 66 Marina. Shhhh! Never crowded and always great.

            2. Mauslein Feb 12, 2010 07:28 PM

              I have had both. The fish at Zona Fresca is battered and fried, more like the fish as in Fish and Chips, where the Coconuts fish is grilled and not battered. It depends what you like. Zona Fresca has a creamy tartar type sauce which I happen to prefer, while Coconuts has a more diced vegetable pico de gallo type topping.

              Both are good, though. Zona Fresca is on busy Federal Highway surrounded by strip malls, and you order at the counter, then sit down and pick up your food when it is ready. They do serve bottled beer. It would probably not be your first pick for atmosphere if you wanted to sit outside, unless you smoke or have a dog with you.

              Coconuts is directly on the Intracoastal where you sit outside on a dock, and it is a sit-down restaurant with full bar. Locationwise, if you are staying on the beachfront, you are going to be within walking distance of Coconuts.

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              1. re: Mauslein
                miaedu Mar 26, 2010 07:57 PM

                Another difference is in price. Zona Fresca is $2.75 per taco. Coconuts is $13 (guessing for three).

                Zona Fresca Restaurant
                1635 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

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                Raboi Feb 12, 2010 03:50 PM

                The only place I've ever eaten fish tacos in Ft. Lauderdale is Cheese Cake Factory on Las Olas. They were very yummy.

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                  nmurawsk Feb 12, 2010 02:28 PM

                  I love the fish tacos at Coconuts. They can get a bit messy if there is too much liquid. They do a double tortilla - one flour one corn. Great mango salsa, cabbage slaw and fresh juicy fish.

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