Cuisine Scene: Fish Tacos

When it comes to dishes well-suited to summer, fish tacos rank right up there with popsicles. Grilled or fried, they conjure up images of sunny days and surf. Long Beach boasts a full menu of establishments not only serving fish tacos but also interpreting them their own way: traditionally with cabbage or added to with the likes of ponzu, pineapple relish or “secret sauces.” All of it serves to make this familiar summer friend taste fresh and delicious.


One of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, Roe Seafood’s (5374 E. Second St.) cool vibe and creative coastal cuisine has made it a staple in Belmont Shore. Its fish taco is, as you would expect, a unique amalgam of ingredients, combined masterfully as cod is paired with basil yuzu sauce, roe sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo and served with ponzu brown rice as well as black beans and chips.



Fish tacos were born from the sun and surf, so is there a better place to share them than where you can have both with a cold beer? Ballast Point’s enormous deck overlooks Alamitos Bay, all the better to enjoy their Baja fish taco–Alaskan cod, cabbage, lime jalapeno crema, pineapple jicama relish on a hybrid tortilla–along with one of their many original microbrews, all the while taking in gorgeous views of Long Beach, Seal Beach and the Pacific Ocean.



For more than 15 years, this family owned restaurant has gained a loyal following by offering delicious food in a fun, laid back atmosphere. Long Beach Fish Grill (1201 Redondo Ave.) offers 10 varieties of fish–halibut to swordfish to trout–for entrees and a slew for fish tacos, both grilled and battered, including wild caught mahi mahi, salmon, and Alaskan cod as well as shrimp. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining.

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