Tacos de Pescado Los Originales: Naked, Flaked, and Sacred
|Accept no imitations!|
Enough with the soft, mushy, grilled "healthy" fish tacos. Find a different name for it--tacos de guacareada come to mind--and leave the original tacos de pescado estilo Ensenada alone. A real fish taco is a piece of deep-fried fish--preferably shark, but any moist white fish will do in a pinch--on a tortilla.
Again--if it's not deep-fried, it's not a real fish taco. Period.
There are dozens of fish taco stands in Ensenada, naturally, and at least half of them don't give a damn about the product they sell. I've seen frozen Canadian fish from the Walmart on the south end of town being defrosted in fish taco stands while fishermen haul the day's catch out of the water a dozen meters away; I've seen people use Van de Kamp's, for God's sake. Who wants to drive 200 miles to eat what you can buy in the freezer section at 7-Eleven?
|Notice the TOTAL LACK OF GRILL SPACE HERE.|
Say you find that place--and there are plenty of honest fish tacos in Ensenada--and you order a taco. Ah, but now the flame wars start. Crema or mayonesa? Cabbage or lettuce? Do you squeeze the lime on the fish or squeeze it on after? Is guacamole ever appropriate? Fish taco lovers, even ones who understand what a fish taco is supposed to be, get into stupid fights online about this. The best stands, then, play Switzerland and just hand you fried fish on a double tortilla, then gesture toward an array of sauces and condiments.
There's nothing fancy about this place--there are stools around it where you can sit and watch the action as you eat--but the tacos are absolutely amazing, and the stand is visited almost exclusively by Mexicans (the bus station is a block away), because tourists don't wander that far inland.
It's just the apotheosis of the Ensenada-style fish taco; once you eat the tacos here, you won't accept the crap dished out in this country in the name of tacos de pescado ever again.
Tacos de Pescado Los Originales is located on Av. Gastélum between Av. Juárez (Calle 5a) and Calle Sexta (6a) in the central tourist zone of Ensenada. From the enormous Mexican flag on the pier--as good a landmark as any--walk inland on Av. Alvarado to 5th Street (the Pemex station), turn left, walk three blocks to Av. Gastélum (Waldo's store), then turn right.