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Ensenada Fish Tacos: Los Originales Tacos de Pescado vs. Tacos Nemo

Melanie Wong | Feb 4, 201809:41 PM    

When I hit town in June 2017, I was very interested in trying the Ensenada-style fish tacos at Los Originales. For ages, Tacos Fenix seemed to be the top pick and most famous, but Los Originales had taken over the buzz in recent years due to recs by Bill Esparza and Dave Lieberman at OC Weekly. https://www.ocweekly.com/tacos-de-pes... Then last week, I was in Ensenada again with a chance to try the across-the-street rival, Tacos Nemo, the pick of Michael A. Gardiner of San Diego CityBeat. http://sdcitybeat.com/food-drink/the-... Here's how they compare.

Los Originales Tacos de Pescado is located on Avenida Gastélum just east of Avenida Juárez (Calle 5a).

Los Originales offers a widest selection of salsas and very fresh condiments to add to fish tacos. Randomly tasting a few of them, the ones I tried were all delicious.

The fish used here is angelito, no longer the superior cazón identified in earlier coverage. Two thinnish pieces had a higher batter to flesh ratio than a single block would. And unfortunately, the batter was not crunchy and in a couple spots was actually tough. The fish itself did not have much flavor and seemed underseasoned.

At 20 pesos, Los Originales charges more than any of the other fish taco stands I've tried in Ensenada, making this example even more of a letdown.

Tacos Nemo is located on the other side of Avenida Gastélum at the corner of Calle Sexta (6a).

Not as colorful a condiment display here, but all my own essentials are covered. Salsa fresca, finely shredded cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, diced onion, cilantro, white sauce, chile mayo, salsa verde and an assortment of bottled hot sauces.

The strips of cazón are narrower here.

Portion size is a little spare, parceled out as 1.5 strips of battered fish on a single ply corn tortilla that had been tempered on the plancha. The fried fish was still moist and not dried out nor toughened. The batter's quite crisp and seemed to have more herbal seasoning. The flavors are good in what's there. Each taco is 15 pesos. Last Sunday when no cruise ships were in port, a special promotion poster displayed offered two for 25 pesos.

Since my way of dressing fish tacos sticks to the basics, Tacos Nemo bested Los Originales for me. For those who like to experiment with many salsas, Los Originales would be recommended. Yet, I have to say that neither of them is my favorite in Ensenada.

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