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I have decided that this summer will be the summer of fish tacos. I will preface by saying I hate fish. Yes, hate is a strong word, but seriously, YUCK. I like seafood, hate fish. I am trying to eat more fish however; I’ve heard it’s good for you. Since I can’t stand your basic piece of fish on a plate, I thought maybe fish tacos would be the way to go. My first try was at Zantigos. Not bad. The fish was breaded, and there was enough other stuff in there to keep it non-fishy enough. Tonight I tried Bulldog NE fish tacos. Not so good. Weird sauce and stuff in there, and the fish was WAY to spicy. All I cold taste was, HOT. So, what should I be looking for in fish tacos? Who makes a good one?

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  1. A good fish taco shouldn't taste fishy, but you should be able to taste the fish. To me, the appeal is that meeting of savory, bitter and piquant. It should be aromatic, and taste very fresh. And just because it's cold, doesn't mean it isn't cooked and prepared.

    To this end, La Sirena Gorda really delivers. The praise for this place is near universal. I didn't find it overly spicy, though it is well spiced. However...

    Since you liked Zantigo's fried version, I can't imagine you wouldn't like Sea Salt's fried fish tacos. They do fried seafood as well as anyone in town.

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    La Sirena Gorda
    920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Zantigo
    4335 Pheasant Ridge Dr NE Ste 230, Minneapolis, MN 55449

    1. I'm not a huge fan of fish either, so I feel for you.

      It may not be in taco form, but the catfish po' boy at Sea Salt is a tasty way to eat fish.

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      1. re: BigE

        Sea Salt also has fish tacos. Very tasty.

        1. re: misterpatrick

          Oh yeah, Sea Salt. Although I love their calamari tacos better than anything else...if you don't like fish you dont' like fish...go for the octopus!

      2. Surprisingly, the fish tacos at Edina Grill are excellent. That's our new go-to meal after overdosing on the Turkey Burger for years.

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        Edina Grill
        5028 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

        1. I agree with the above replies. My two favorites in MSP are La Sirena Gorda and Sea Salt. At La Sirena Gorda, be sure to check out the octopus tacos - out of this world.

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          La Sirena Gorda
          920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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          1. re: foreverhungry

            wild mahi-mahi tacos at California Pizza Kitchen in Rosedale.

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            California Pizza Kitchen
            854 Rosedale Ctr, Saint Paul, MN 55113

          2. I like the fish tacos on the lunch menu at the St. Paul Hotel's M Street Cafe.