There are several dishes that I consider myself a connoisseur of and fish tacos are one of them. The majority of fish tacos that I’ve tried have been average to awful to put in bluntly. In the awful category, you’re likely to feel sick from an oil overdose after eating the fish taco. There are three places that really stand out to me though when it comes to fish tacos. The most unexpected of which can be found in a small-town gas station in the Eastern Sierra.
Several years ago, I was told by some photographers that the best fish tacos could be found at the Mobil gas station in Lee Vining. I thought they were joking but I went anyway to see for myself. There is a generic-looking food counter located inside of the Tioga Gas Mart where you place your order and pick up the food from but one glance at the menu reveals that this is not generic gas station food. This is actually a gourmet restaurant disguised as a gas station fast food counter.
The “World Famous” Fish Tacos at Whoa Nellie Deli features two tacos, one of which is a filled with mango salsa and the other is filled with ginger coleslaw. Each fish taco offers a completely different culinary experience. I like both though I’d slightly favor the ginger coleslaw fish taco. To cap it off, the fish tacos are served with a tasty side of Brazilian black beans. It’s a very filling meal.
I had been telling Samantha about the fish tacos for a while now so we made a point to stop by the Whoa Nellie Deli for lunch after hiking around the Mono Lake area on Sunday. She liked the food as much as I did and also had a mango margarita which was recommended by the staff. The slightly-tart, mango margarita was a perfect complement to the fish tacos.
As for the other two places where I’ve had great fish tacos? One is Canyon Breeze in Sedona, Arizona. The other is Norma’s Tacos in Pasadena, where they have a small stand that is surrounded by… antique gas pumps.
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