I've been traveling to San Jose from the East Bay for work every week or two lately and finally checked out this new place that I had been driving by on my way to Falafel's Drive In. Thanks goodness I did because they have the best fish tacos I've had since moving here more than 4 years ago.
Dia de Pesca is quirky little joint that consists of a taco truck in a parking lot with covered cloth awnings. Then the rest of the lot is filled with mosaic concrete patio tables + benches & umbrellas for your outdoor dining pleasure. You order outside at a table and they make it in the truck. The ordering table also houses their 1-2 agua fresca selections of they day ( I had watermelon & today they had horchata). Now on to the tacos...
You get a choice of seafood: tilapia, snapper, salmon, halibut, tuna, shark, shrimp, scallops, or crab! Ridiculous variety. So far in my 2 times there I've had the tilapia, snapper, and halibut (I know safe - but believe me more shall be tried). Each one has been cooked to perfection. Soft & flaky, seasoned well, and a little chargrilled-in goodness. They're served in 2 fluffly corn tortillas w/ cabbage & pico de gallo, then drizzled generously with 2 sauces: creamy avocado & creamy chipotle (mixed w/ crema)? Today mine had a few thin slices of sauteed peppers thrown in as well.
The diner next to me tonight recommended the scallop tacos & the seafood quesadilla (although I'm not a huge fan of seafood + cheese). He said he was there last night and had to come back today for more. The menu is extensive, but it does seem like seafood is their specialty, so I'm sticking with that for now. All food is served with a paper boat of thin crispy (house-made?) chips and their salsa (which is not great, but fine & dandy enough). The owner said they are hoping to get a beer license in the future, as they have only been open about 3 weeks now. He mentioned he used to own a (mexican?) restaurant in Capitola. Supposedly they will take over the other small building in the lot for indoor dining in colder weather. This place must have been an old lawn art/garden center.
The fish tacos are a must try. If you know of a place that beat's them let me know. Until then Falafel's may never see me again...
Dia de Pesca
55 North Bascom Avenue (in between Stevens Creek & Naglee)
San Jose, CA 95128
Open Daily: 10:30-8:30
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