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Making the rounds of the well-known fish taco stands in June 2017, Puesto Tacos Fenix, the small stand on Avenida Espinoza at the corner of Avenida Juarez (5ta) was my favorite. In January 2018, I returned to this intersection for a taste-off versus the neighboring fish taco vendors.
Tacos Corona across Espinoza was much less busy than Puesto El Fenix. Garnishes and condiments in smaller batches looked very fresh.
The fish used is mako. The fried batter was rather limp, wet and under salted.
The tortilla was stiff and stale. The garnishes turned out to be the best part of this 18 peso taco. A sign promoted 13 peso tacos de pescado on Tuesdays, that might be the time come here.
Tacos Mi Ranchito El Fenix is located further north on Espinoza on the corner of Calle Sexta (6ta).
It's housed in a more substantial and larger structure, including some picnic tables alongside for seating.
Not a lot of condiments and garnishes here, but my essentials were represented and dewy fresh.
The fish is cazon here. The batter's a touch more seasoned than other spots and fried to a golden crunch, similar in taste to Puesto El Fenix's.
The taco de camaron was particularly good with a satisfying crisp crusting and the shrimp was not overcooked. Fish tacos are 17 pesos and shrimp ones, 20 pesos.
Puesto Tacos Fenix, the original Fenix stand, seemed more popular both times with more customers.
The fish used is cazon with a crisp, golden brown batter. Turnover is rapid ensuring freshly fried product.
Condiments and garnishes were vibrant and fresh, arrayed along two sides of the counter for easy access by the crowd.
The regular price is 17 pesos, but on the day I was there, it seemed to have entered the price war fray dropping the price to 13 pesos. The fish tacos have been consistent on both visits. Puesto El Fenix continues to be my favorite fish taco in town.
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