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Best Fish Tacos in baja according to WSJ

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:40:35 -0800

1. The Classic: Tacos Fenix Plastered with Coca-Cola logos, this stand may seem indistinguishable from the many others in Ensenada, but it's the oldest in town. The mako shark used in the fish tacos is dense and flavorful, the shrimp are plump and toothsome and the batter turns out perfectly crisp. The fish is so good, in fact, that toppings are almost extraneous. Corner of Calle Juárez and Calle Espinoza, Ensenada  
2. The Saucy Choice: Tacos La Floresta This stand in downtown Ensenada serves excellent fish and shrimp tacos, accompanied by a wide array of salsas and toppings. These include pickled onions, chipotle mayonnaise, whole pickled jalapeños and long slivers of fresh cucumber. The sauces are made daily by the members of an extended family who take turns running the stand. Corner of Calle Juárez and Avenida Floresta, Ensenada 3. The Myth Maker: Taqueria y Mariscos Adriana The oldest taco stand in San Felipe is painted turquoise and has been run by Maria Soledad Solorio since the mid-'80s. While no one knows which stand inspired the founder of the popular U.S. taco chain Rubio's, many consider this the most likely contender. Ms. Solorio's crisp fried fish—which customers enjoy at a long picnic table or a folding table covered with a colorful blanket—is perhaps the best in town. Ave. Malecón 196, San Felipe 4. The Non-Conformist: Tacos Marco Antonio This informal eatery may be in the heart of Ensenada, but its offerings are far from local classics. Proprietor Marco Antonio serves his tacos filled with guisados (stews) like siete mares, a mix of octopus, shrimp, clams, mussels and other seafood; tuna cooked in a cilantro-based sauce; and specialty items like fried fish skin. The tacos are sold from folding tables in a large courtyard in front of Mr. Antonio's old cannery. Avenida Rayon between Calle Tercera and Calle Cuarta, Ensenada 5. The Innovator: Mariscos El Mazateño Although this enormous open-air restaurant in Tijuana's Mesa Otay neighborhood is mainly a Sinaloan seafood spot, its most popular dish is Tijuanan: the camarón enchilado, aka the "mazateña." This taco of shrimp cooked in a chile de arbol sauce is so popular, it has been copied by cooks all over the city. Calzada Tecnológico, No. 473-E, Tomas Aquino, Tijuana; 52-664-607-1377 6. The Immigrant: Mariscos Ruben Specializing in seafood dishes from the state of Sonora, this food truck has occupied the same downtown Tijuana corner for more than 20 years. Co-owner Mirta Rodriguez makes an exceptional manta ray taco, and a taquito of smoked marlin topped with chipotle cream and avocado sauce. Her homemade salsas are among the best in town. Corner of Calle Octava and Quintana Roo, Tijuana 7. The Eccentric: Tacos Kokopelli Oso Campos, the chef behind this quirky food truck, creates inventive dishes that are like nothing else in Baja. The "kraken" contains grilled octopus covered in a Mexican five-herb pesto; the "gringo en vacaciones," shrimp in a bright red chile sauce. The truck itself boasts bright orange walls, a thatched roof and a disco ball. Boulevard Sánchez Taboada between Misión de San Diego and Misión de Santo Tomás, Tijuana; kokopelli.mx 8. The Modern Master: Erizo Fish Market A bright, airy seafood restaurant, with unadorned tables and a mosaic of salvaged wood decorating the walls, Erizo offers a long list of seafood-based tacos. They showcase chef Javier Plascencia's unique use of flavors, cooking techniques and ideas from across the globe. There's the "machaca de marlin," made from smoked swordfish cooked in onions, tomatoes, chilies and cilantro; a taco filled with tender oysters in tempura batter; a taco of sea urchin sautéed with onion, Serrano chile and tomatoes; and many more. Ave. Sonora 3808, Tijuana; 52-664-686-2895 ...