The mojarra dorada at Garduño's Mexican Food
There aren't many places in St. Louis to get a decent fish taco. My personal favorite fish taco isn't even listed as such on the menu. I build it myself at Garduño's Mexican Food on Cherokee Street.
The mojarra dorada
is a whole fish, lightly battered and then fried. The exterior is lightly crisp, the flesh exceptionally moist. The flavor is very mild. (Think tilapia -- indeed, as I understand it, mojarra
and tilapia are often used interchangeably, though there is a separate species called mojarra
.) Which is why you want to use the fish as the base for a taco.
The fish is topped with onion, tomato and jalapeño, and there is also pico de gallo, sour cream and a lime wedge (as well as rice and beans) on the side. Fold these components however you like in corn tortillas (provided, though not pictured), and you have a fish taco so tasty that you can almost hear the dayboat chugging back out to sea.
Almost.Garduño's Mexican Food
2737 Cherokee Street
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