Grilled Fish Tacos at Fish Taco
We love that Potomac resident Francis Namin and his homegrown chainlet Fish Taco, which opened its flagship fast-casual eatery in Cabin John in 2013, hit the nail on the head with the right concept at the right time, combining everyone’s craving for tacos with a desire for more healthful versions of them. (At least perceived as more healthful.)
We say skip the signature taco with beer-battered, deep-fried fish; we much prefer the grilled cobia taco, the protein imparted with a subtle smokiness by the grill while maintaining its flakiness and moistness. The fish is served in a grilled flour tortilla and topped with chili lime sauce made with mayonnaise, toasted ancho and guajillo chiles, roasted garlic and fresh lime juice; cabbage and radish slaw dressed with seasoned vinegar for added crunch and acid; a salsa of diced mango, red onion, roasted jalapeño, tomato, cilantro and fresh lime juice for a hint of sweetness; and cotija cheese for a touch of saltiness to balance the salsa’s sweetness.
Fish Taco, 7251 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-0010; 10305 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping Center), Bethesda, 301-564-6000;
7945 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, 301-229-0900; fishtacoonline.com