What is it about fish tacos?
Our publisher can’t go anywhere that has fish tacos on the menu and not order them.
“I love the way the fried batter and the sliced cabbage give two kinds of crunch, and that bit of spicy heat always makes my day,” she says, “however I’ve learned to bypass the Asian fusion renditions . . . I mean, if it’s shrimp tempura, fine, just give me some chopsticks and dipping sauce, but don’t put it on a tortilla, for pete’s sake.”
When our staff artist Margo Rivera-Weiss suggested mapping the locations of some of the East Bay’s best of this genre, we put out a call on social media, and Madam Publisher started scurrying around to try readers’ suggestions, sometimes having half a dozen fish tacos in one day.
“I never wearied of them,” she says. “I even ate them when I went out of town to see if anybody else’s measured up to ours.”
If you love fish tacos, too, maybe you will check out the places on Margo’s map and also let us know if you have favorites we could add to our online list. Post a photo of your fave on Instagram with #eebfishtacos, tell us about it on Facebook, or send a plain ol’ email to editor(at)edibleeastbay.com.
Kaliente: 3803 San Pablo Dam Road in El Sobrante
Portumex: 721 23rd Street in Richmond
Cocina Mexicana: a pop-up at the Walnut Creek and Concord farmers’ markets and at First Friday in Oakland
Tacubaya: 1782 Fourth Street in Berkeley
Tacos Sinaloa: storefront at 2384 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, or for the truck experience, head to 2138 International Boulevard in Oakland
Walnut Creek Yacht Club: 1555 Bonanza Street in Walnut Creek
Chow: 53 Lafayette Circle in Lafayette
La Calaca Loca: 5199 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland
Cholita Linda: 4923 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland
FreshCatch: pop-up at Temescal Brewing
Cosecha: 907 Washington Street in Swans Market, Oakland
Baja Taqueria: 4070 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland
Posada on Wheels: 2407 Research Drive in Livermore. The truck parks at the winery for Wood Family Vineyards in a location called “Block 37,” which alludes to a vineyard block at 37° latitude. The block includes a group of artisan wineries plus a brewery and a distillery.