Seafood Tacos: Industry Players Tell Us Their Favorites

Photo by Mariah Tauger

1Ahi Tiny Tacos
The Beachcomber Cafe
Crispy, consistent, and nicely presented. Plus, that stunning view. Add a bloody mary or mojito and it’s a complete package.
—Laurent Vrignaud, founder, Moulin

2 Panko-crusted Grilled Whitefish
Bear Flag Fish Co.
Though the fish is grilled, the panko and cabbage add crunch that balances well with creamy avocado and a squirt of fresh lemon.
—Robert Hagopian, co‑founder, The Butchery

3 Battered Pollock
California Fish Grill
The fish is fresh and first‑rate, and I do like the crunchy texture the batter adds to the taco. Perhaps I just love anything fried.
—Julie Chung, food photographer, founder of SnapTaste

4 Flounder Pounder
Sancho’s Tacos
Best with the sweet‑spicy 5150 sauce. Add a pineapple craft cider, and it’s summer in a meal.
—Dustin De Leon, sales manager, Ace Premium Craft Cider

5 Blackened Calamari
Taco Mesa
These are my order when I meet my son for lunch at the original Costa Mesa location. I’ve been selling to founder Ivan Calderon for decades.
—Tom White, buyer-manager, seafood department, Ingardia Brothers Produce

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