“There now exists great deep-fried fish tacos in SF,” reports Pei happily. “Nick’s is nice, but Tropisueño’s fish tacos almost make me stop missing East LA.”
They serve “very clean, fresh-tasting Mexican taqueria style food at lunch and more traditional at dinner,” says poulet_roti, who’s a big fan.
“There aren’t a lot of tasty, fresh, fun places where you can go for a sit-down dinner on a Friday or Saturday night for less than $40 (with drinks!) for two in this neighborhood,” adds jdinsf, whose favorites are the chile relleno and the carne asada taco. Plus, “the ceviches are tangy, fresh, and plentiful.” Make sure to ask for habanero salsa for the chips—if you can handle the heat, that is.
Happy hour brings killer deals on the same tasty food, Pei says: tacos, including carne asada (great grilled flavor, flavorful yet light sauce) are $2; piping-hot chicken flautas for $3, $3 Mexican beer and $5 margaritas (with two shots of El Jimador blanco, $9 during dinner).
A note on the location: Beware Google maps, says PolarBear, as “it will send you either up near Harding [Park] golf course or out to [Yerba Buena] island.” It’s actually in SOMA, right by the Marriott between Mission and Market, and between 3rd and 4th streets.
Speaking of fish tacos, “Juan’s Place in Berkeley has a different, but amazing fish taco that’s grilled instead of fried,” says dotMac. This place has its detractors, but the taco, a nicely seasoned hunk of fish in a large crispy shell, could win them over. And 10foot5 likes the grilled fish tacos at La Calaca Loca, where there’s also beer-battered and fried fish tacos.
75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco
Juan’s Place [East Bay]
941 Carleton Street, Berkeley
La Calaca Loca [East Bay]
5199 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland