Do you have a restaurant where, every time you go, you order the same things? You want to try other things but you just can’t. Because that would mean giving up your favorite things. That’s the way it is with me at Baja Fish Taquito.
I start by ordering two tacos.
The first taco is the restaurant’s namesake. It’s a lightly battered piece of previously frozen tilapia on a store bought tortilla. Why a fish taco always requires double wrapping I’ll never know but, as I’ve never had a fish taco where the fish first hasn’t been bathed in batter, there’s obviously a reason.
On its own, the Baja fish taco is a little needy but luckily there are two house made sauces, a mild green and a wild red. Add a splash or two of the green sauce to the fish taco and you have the same transformation that occurs when mustard is squirted on a wiener. Yummy.
The second taco I always order at Baja is something that would be a welcome catch for Old Man Santiago. Baja’s marlin taco comes with a generous quantity of that fish that you never see fresh, only smoked or stuffed and hanging on walls. Plus there are chopped tomatoes, capers and one ingredient I’m not sure Santiago or old man Don Day welcomes. The Dutch may not have done well in their attempt to colonize Mexico but they sure conquered the cheese market. You’ll find Gouda in a lot of early Mexican recipe books and on Baja’s smoked marlin taco. On this taco, I put a very fine line of red sauce because as the server always warns “El rojo es muy picante”.
You may remember that I said I “start” by ordering two tacos because, just as I’m finishing my marlin ahumado, I order a third taco. I’m not sure why I wait. Maybe I kid myself into thinking I can get by with just two but, after you’ve had good and better, how can you not have best?
My third taco is one of the best tacos you’ll find anywhere in San Miguel de Allende. The menu simply calls it a spicy shrimp taco. What it is are three small to medium size (26/30 is what you’d probably see on the bag in the freezer chest) nicely firm shrimp in an excellent chile de arbol sauce and more of that Gouda. No green or red sauce is necessary for this little gem.
Baja Fish Taquito is not what you call a destination restaurant. It’s not a place I’d ever go for dinner or, even though it has a pleasant rooftop patio, a place I’d ever linger. It’s more of a fast food, I’m hungry and it’s convenient kind of place.
I decided to not even include a wide photo of the restaurant’s interior. I’ll just tell you there’s a sign informing you they don’t take credit cards, a happy face telling you Sonria, Lo Estamo Filmando, another sign saying Thanks For Your Tip, and another with the Trip Advisor logo. It’s the last sign that’s important. For since it opened about two years ago, Baja Fish Taquito has hovered in and out of the top ten on Trip Advisor which is absolutely remarkable for a very basic, very easy on the budget, very in and out restaurant.
I’m glad I’ve got company in thinking Baja Fish Taquito has the best seafood tacos in town.
Baja Fish Taquito is located at Mesones #11B in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They are open every day of the week from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.