Sep 012011

Fish on a taco?!  I once thought that was a strange idea but then I tried them a few years ago while working in Austin, TX and I was instantly hooked. I ate them all over Austin and now I am eating them all over the Twin Cities.

Here are my current picks for Best Fish Tacos based on the restaurants I have personally visited and reviewed.  This list will grow and change as necessary.  If you know of fish tacos served at other restaurants  that I need to try, please leave me a recommendation in the comments of this post.

#1 Mahi Mahi Tacos at Barrio
When I saw that they had fish tacos, I knew I had to try them even though they were deep-fried. Oh so glad I did, they were wonderful! The crunchy batter actually made it easier to eat the fish because it didn’t flake apart like fillets often do. There were two mahi-mahi fillets in the order for $3.50 and I was able to make two tacos with the extra tortilla. I loved the fresh pico and jalapenos that topped the tacos, and also the crunch from the cabbage.

Barrio St Paul - Mahimahi Tacos

Barrio St Paul – Mahimahi Tacos

#2 Jaws Tacos at Rudolph’s Barbeque
I was intrigued when I saw the “Jaws Tacos”, and thought it would be a good one for me to try. I love fish tacos but had never had any like these before! Each taco had a full fillet of walleye, seasoned with spicy cajun, and a generous serving of coleslaw and sliced avocado. I thought the cajun went really well with the sweet slaw. It was also served with a salsa that was mildly sweet.

#3 Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room
The Fish Tacos at Six15 Room are made with locally-caught walleye. Served on double white corn tortillas, each of the two tacos had a nice size fillet of pan-seared walleye topped with pickled cabbage and cilantro. Excellent and very filling!

Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room ~ Minneapolis, MN

Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room ~ Minneapolis, MN

#4 Fish Tacos at Patriot’s Tavern

Patriot’s Tavern is still a newer restaurant but they have quickly become one of my local favorites.  Their Fish Tacos are wonderful; you get two flour tortillas, each with a big piece of pan-fried mahi mahi topped with jalapenos, sliced radish, fresh jalapeno rings,  tomato, lettuce, and chevre cheese.  You  need to like goat cheese to enjoy these tacos; it was a little distracting but it definitely brought the strongest flavor of all the toppings.



  10 Responses to “TCRB Editor’s Picks: Best Fish Tacos”

  1. The fish tacos at Rusty Taco are fabulous. Even better are the Baja Shrimp tacos!

  2. I don’t know if it really counts, but the Scallop Taco at Sea Salt is quite tasty.

  3. The fish tacos at Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun are awesome!

  4. if only #3 Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room used the Mahi Mahi of #1 Barrio, you’d have the best fish taco on the planet! of course that is an opinion, not necessarily a fact.

  5. Try the Shrimp Tacos at Rusty Taco!

  6. The fish tacos in the six15 room in the grad hotel are delicious, enough to fill you up and if you ask you can get some fries with it

  7. Thank you for this list, they all look delish!

  8. The best fish taco I ever had – and eat every day comes from Seafood Market & Deli Minneapolis 628 Central Ave Minneapolis MN The taco’s are really big, filled with grilled fish seasoned perfectly with perfectly seasoned yellow rice and a cabbage tarter complete with a slice of lime!

  9. Fish tacos are so different everywhere. If you get a chance to get to the fair again, try the fish taco at San Felipe Tacos in the food building. My absolute favorite.

  10. I’m a big fan of Rusty Taco in St. Paul. I can’t vouch for their fish taco (don’t like fish), but the rest of their tacos are yummy.

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