Light and fresh, fish tacos are a summer favorite, perfect for this time of year. Smoked, fried or grilled and with mahi mahi, shrimp, albacore and more, these are Philadelphia’s best spots for fish tacos.
Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-1799
www.almadecubarestaurant.comAlma de Cuba is a Stephen Starr restaurant with Cuban cuisine by owner and Executive Chef Douglas Rodriguez. The smoked albacore tacos appear as an appetizer on the dinner menu, but the best deal is to visit during happy hour. Every Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 p.m., you can enjoy the mini hard shell tacos topped with iceberg lettuce, pickled jalapenos and a tangy mayo for just $5. Other $5 specials include bacon-wrapped dates, guacamole, empanadas and mojitas.

Cafe Ynez
2205 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 278-7579
www.cafeynez.com

Café Ynez might be known for its brunch, but it also offers some amazing dinner menu items, including the “taco de pescado.” The fish dish includes three tacos for $10, featuring tilapia, lettuce, sour cream, queso fresco, avocado and a pineapple habanero salsa served in corn tortillas. You can also order the $11 “tacos de camarones” with fresh shrimp, avocado, queso fresco, sour cream and pineapple habanero salsa. Bring your own tequila to create delicious margaritas with the $10 fresh juice mixers.

Photo Credit: Michelle Hein

El Vez
121 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-9800
www.elvezrestaurant.com

This Midtown Village spot from Stephen Starr serves modern renditions of classic Mexican favorites. The crispy fried mahi mahi tacos are a standout choice, served with avocado, chipotle pepper remoulade and red cabbage. For another seafood option, go for the shrimp tacos topped with cotija cheese, avocado and spicy salsa de arbol. Both taco dishes are $13 and include two tacos.

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Los Gallos
951 Wolf St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-1245
www.losgallosmexicantaqueria.com

Los Gallos in an authentic, no-frills taqueria in South Philly. Owner Luz Jimenez named the restaurant after Calle de Los Gallos (Street of the Roosters), the street where he grew up, located outside of Puebla. The fresh tilapia tacos are served with lettuce, avocado, pico de gallo, queso and a cream sauce. The flavorful dish includes three tacos for $9.99. Los Gallos is a BYOB.

Taqueria Feliz
4410 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(267) 331-5874
www.taqueriafeliz.com

Taqueria Feliz comes from the same restaurant team as Cantina Feliz and La Calaca Feliz. The Manayunk spot serves casual Mexican favorites like tacos, enchiladas and tortas, and the cheerful atmosphere makes it a fun spot for summer nights. The tempura tilapia tacos are served “Ensenada style” (named after a region in Baja California), which means they’re battered, instead of breaded, and fried. The dish includes two tacos topped with avocado, cabbage slaw, radish and a spicy chipotle mayo for $13.95. Tacos are also available grilled upon request.

Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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