Six Pack: Fish Tacos in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s taco scene is blossoming before our eyes (just ask the creepy Tacodelphia mascot, he’ll show you where they all are). But what if you just want fish tacos? Never fear, Foobooz is here with six Philly spots with delicious fish taco-y goodness.

Honest Tom’s Special Tacos

Though Honest Tom’s has kicked off its wheels and can only be found at its brick-and-mortar location in University City, Tom still has legions of taco lovers flocking in. If you head over after 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday you can score one of their special fish tacos with pickled shallots, grilled pineapple, jalapeño aioli, and fresh cilantro.

Honest Tom’s (University City)
261 S. 44th Street

Fish Tacos in Rittenhouse

As a Rittenhouse Square staple since 1998 Rouge and their current executive chef Sam Noh continue to keep their park-side bistro humming with their fish tacos. Filled with tilapia, avocado, romaine, lime, and mango salsa, their take on the taco is not to be missed.

Rouge (Rittenhouse Square)
205 S. 18th Street

Baja Tacos by the Italian Market

Sabrina’s Café in the Italian Market offers a Baja fresh fish taco. This version is served on a corn tortilla with radishes, carrots, pico de gallo, and chipotle lime crema. Sabrina’s tacos are served at all three of their locations, including their spots inUniversity City and Fairmount.

Sabrina’s Café (Italian Market)
910 Christian Street

Mahi-Mahi in East Passyunk and NoLibs

The good people at Cantina Los Caballitos serve up mahi-mahi tacos topped with cilantro and onions (with guac and sour cream for a little extra) all day long on East Passyunk Avenue. Luckily for the north their sister restaurant Cantina Dos Segundos (931 N 2nd St., 215-629-0500 ) brings you the same dish up in Northern Liberties.

Cantina Los Caballitos (South Philly)
1651 East Passyunk Avenue

Gustavo’s Cod Fish Tacos

The Latin-inspired Fairmount restaurant BlueCat has a special twist on fish tacos. Their Gustavo’s Cod Fish Tacos (under their “Catwiches” menu) feature batter-dipped filets topped with avocado, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, and chipotle mayo on blue corn tortillas.

BlueCat (Fairmount)
1921 Fairmount Avenue

Tacos at Morgan’s Pier

Despite David Katz’s recent closing of Meme, his influence over the newly opened Morgan’s Pier menu remains. You can eat their Baja fish American tacos served on flour tortillas with lime and radish, red cabbage, and chipotle crema while overlooking a view of the water.

Morgan’s Pier (Penn’s Landing)
221 N. Columbus Boulevard

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  • InThaKnow

    Jose Pistola’s Grouper Tacos are the best fish tacos on the east coast. There isn’t a close second.

  • h

    “Mexican lobster roll” – lobster roll on a taco- at Ippolito’s is to die for! Only $12, and they kill the lobster when you order it.It doesn’t get much fresher than that. And, bonus, the fries there are really good, too!

  • jlg

    I love Sabrina’s fish tacos!!! Not sure if I am mad or glad that you’ve tipped everyone off to their awesomeness. My only gripe is that depending on who is in the kitchen sometimes you only get a single-layer tortilla, which isn’t sufficient to contain all the goodness inside. The second tortilla makes a huge difference in whether you have a prayer of getting to the end of the taco without it disintigrating.

  • Emm

    I second the grouper tacos at Jose Pistolas! I clicked on this article expecting to see them on the list.

  • Jule

    I love the yellowtail tacos at Distrito.

  • AT

    Smokin’ Betty’s are the best fish tacos around. The ones at Morgen’s Pier are terrible!

  • Andrew

    The fish tacos at Cantina Feliz and La Calaca Feliz are fantastic.

  • Dustin

    I love Chef Katz but those Morgan’s Pier tacos do suck.

  • Fiesta Acapulco on 9th between Ellsworth & Washington

  • JamesZ

    Chef Townsend Wentz @ McCrossen’s Tavern in Fairmount makes some killer Fish Tacos. And I’m not saying that just because we do his PR! They truly rock!

  • CM

    I’d like to add National Mechanics to the list. They turn out some mighty tasty fish tacos.

  • Paul

    Morgan’s Pier are probably the worst fish tacos I’ve ever had. Another vote for Jose Pistolas.

  • CMayhem

    No Loco Pez?!

  • Javier Ruiz

    i hate to say it but have you had pistola’s tacos recently? they have gone waaaayy downhill. very sad:( i almost don’t want to share this secret, but the ones at whole foods are not bad. they are no san diego, but not bad.

  • WendyC

    Positano Coast has amazing crab tacos! They put avocado and chipotle in there and radishes too…delicious!