Fish Tacos? In the Queen City? We started a few weeks ago talking about the lack of choices but soon realized there were a lot of places serving them on the menu. We searched Google, asked friends and put out a call on Twitter and Facebook for suggestions and started making a list. We have sampled them at 7 places in the greater Cincinnati area so far. They vary greatly from place to place and our only requirement when ordering was that they were white fish tacos. (versus salmon, shrimp, etc.)
Here they are in the order we tried them. You will have to read to the end to find out our favorites.
Our 1st stop was in Forest Park at 610 Northland Blvd for Taco Loco. It’s located in a an old Burger king and had some amazing authentic Mexican food on the menu which is printed in Spanish and English. Fish tacos were not on the menu but we asked for and received 2 in a short time. While we waited, we saw a few customers order giant (32oz.) Bloody Marys for 8$. They have a decent selection of Mexican beers available also.
The tacos came on warm corn tortillas and contained a fairly large piece of cornmeal breaded and fried fish. It was served with tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato and pico de gallo on the side. They cost 2.95$ each which was the lowest priced of the 8. Overall it was pretty tasty and since it closet to our home base, we will return to try other items on the menu and probably have a giant Bloody Mary.
A Classy place next to the Aronoff center, at the corner of Walnut and 6th was our next stop after finding 2 others on the list closed because it was a Sunday. They have a nice but pricey brunch drink menu.
The tacos came on a flour tortilla. The fish was battered and fried with cole slaw, pico de gallo, lime juice and a spoonful of guacomole. They where very juicy and flavorful, but also the priciest at 12$ for 2.
Moerlein Lager House
Located at the Banks with a view of the mighty Ohio River. We have been here often for their awesome draft beer and bottle list but have never tried the fish tacos, until now.
They come in groups of 4 so its more like a meal in our opinion.Corn tortillas with a great red pepper slaw and house made white sauce of some kind. they were served with Guacamole and salsa Verde on the side. the fish was naked and pan fried. The tacos where very juicy and almost sweet from the slaw. We found them to be very tasty. 14$ for 4.
Located in Loveland Just north of 275 is a little seafood store that makes a variety of seafood tacos. You get to watch their taco artistry while you wait or shop for seafood.
The Tacos consist of various whitefishes baked and shredded, then spooned on to a flour tortilla. They add mozzarella cheese and a store made white sauce and then press it a hot sandwich press.They then add lettuce and tomatoes so you get that warm and cool sensation when eating them. These are to go only and cost 3$ each.
Django Western Taco
This is 1 of 2 taco joints on the same block of Hamilton Ave. on the Northside. The other one does not have fish tacos so, moving on. Django’s has a great menu and atmosphere. Their beer selection is second only to Moerlein in this group of eateries. They serve you these wonderful freshly baked tortilla chips while you wait.
The taco came on your choice of corn or flour tortillas. we tried 1 of each. it consisted of a very large piece of battered and fried tilapia, a little cole slaw, a chipotle lime sauce and cilantro. It was very hot and spicey but you couldn’t fit a bigger piece of fish on a tortilla. the corn was both of our favorites. 5$ each.
Located at 5207 Madison Rd. in a small strip plaza is this little gem. They have a very nice and simple menu with a salsa bar as a bonus.. The also have a nice selection of local and Mexican beers.
The tacos come in groups of 3’s with your choice of battered or grilled whitefish. We went with the grilled which we both prefer. They came on a homemade flour tortilla with a Mexican Slaw (pickled), guacamole and a mango habenero salsa. they are a little on the small side compared to others but they are packed with flavor. They are a little spicy from the habenero but not as hot a Django. 9.25$ for 3
Located in OTR on 12th is a little walk up window for tacos.You use the multiple choice order form and then can go next door and sit at Halfcut OTR and wait. They will deliver them to you while you enjoy a beer at this great location.
The fish tacos are battered and fried. We ordered 1 corn tortilla with their pineapple salsa and 1 flour tortilla with their corn salsa. They also put a very tasty and cool slaw on there. 3.50$ each
So, Our Favorites so Far?
We both easily agree that Mazunte Taqueria is our hands down favorite. The flavor of these tacos is on a whole different level. We have already been back there despite them being so far from us.
The tacos at Moerlein Lager House and Nada come in a close 2nd but none of the eateries we tried made a bad fish taco.
Thank you to all who made suggestions. We know that there are other great restaurants in the area serving some great fish tacos and this list is just the small dent we put in it. As we try them at other places, we will try to update this blog. You can tweet your suggestions to us @tastingbuddies and we will try to get there someday. (Right now we are trying to help our buddy Tom at Queen City Drinks work thru his list of bloody mary joints.)