Stop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach)
Wow, I totally fell off the fish taco train, didn't I? SORRY!! Last week was just kinda nuts, with Tday and everything-- I hope everyone had a delightful holiday! It's just the most important day of the year, as far as I'm concerned. How could a day that exists solely for the purpose of eating + familia not be?
Ok back to fish tacos! I promise to post the entire crawl this week.
So we showed up to our second stop, Brigantine, but it was CLOSED! DOH! I was super bummed about this, since they are quite well known for their fish tacos, and their sign touted an OYSTER BAR, which could only mean good things.
But no bother crying over missed fished tacos. On to the next! We headed over to Tin Fish, located in bustling downtown SD, right across from the convention center.
I figured out why I like these fish tacos at Tin Fish long ago. The Cheese. I love cheese, yes, even with fish (as gross as that may sound). The flour tortillas are soft, and fried fish is juicy and plentiful. Lots of fish and cheese for $3. The hot sauce is also a treat, I can’t get enough of it.
Dude, do you see all that yellow cheese??? Nate is right, it's pretty awesome, and adds great texture to the taco. Although can I be honest? The fish wasn't the greatest. It was not fluffy enough! And the batter is more breadcrumby than straight pasty flour batter which is what makes the Baja-style fish taco so great (IMHO). They also add some sort of herby green spice to the batter which also threw thing off for me.
Shrimp tacos are my favorite, always consistent. Tacos with shredded, unmelted cheddar cheese = great touch. Hot sauce a must, it adds a certain... je ne sais quoi?
The shrimp tacos are also a deal with 6+ plump shrimp per taco. At times I wonder if the shrimp is too plump, too bouncy… almost like they inject them with water or something?? Pay no mind. The shrimp tacos are delicious.
Tried the halibut taco (grilled not fried) for the first time. Also worthy, but at $6.99, too pricey for me. I think I’ll stick with my fried fish and shrimp going forward.
What can I say, I'm not a huge fan of the grilled fish taco to begin with, so I can't muster any enthusiasm for this. It was like... a grilled fish taco. The fish is always too dried out! South Beach Bar won the grilled fish taco battle by leaps and bounds, for sure.
Their crisscut fries are the best I’ve found in town and maybe the only ones that still have crisscut at all!
Love the spacious patio and the people watching.
This was by far the most bastardized fish taco we had on the entire crawl. Although let's be real-- if they had a Tin Fish in the Bay Area, I'd go everyday. There's a bunch of Tin Fish's all over the country. One word: FRANCHISE. Tin Fish is way better than Wahoo's or Baja Fresh, that's for sure.
Nate had mentioned that not many SD people really know about Tin Fish. I am guessing that in the SD downtown area though, it's the best fish taco.
170 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA
Next stop, Mariscos German Taco Truck!!! Don't miss this!