Baja California is known as the home of fish tacos and, while you may find decent ones elsewhere, nothing beats the taste of a freshly made fish taco in its native habitat. My favorite place to grab a fish taco (or two) is Mariscos Tito’s, just off the 1D toll road in Rosarito. They have locations in Playas de Tijuana, as well as in Tijuana proper, but my spot is the one in Rosarito.
Why Tito’s? Well, the food is fresh, the taste explodes in your mouth, the servings are large and the prices are small. A better question would be “why not Tito’s”? Prices fluctuate with time and the relative value (for Americans) depends on the exchange rate, but when I’ve been, the standard fish taco cost me roughly $0.75 USD. There is no way a massive fish taco like that would cost anywhere in the ballpark of a dollar if I were buying it at home.
The basic fish taco (taco pescado) is breaded and fried and the pieces are so big that it’s sometimes difficult to fold the tortilla over, in order to eat it. I have had to remove one of the pieces of fish and eat it by itself, just because the taco was too massive and messy, otherwise. For a little extra money, though still a bargain, you can upgrade to a higher end taco.
Last time I was there, I tried the marlin taco and it was delicious. The marlin was not battered like the basic pescado. The best I can describe it is to say that the consistency reminded me a bit of the crab mixture in a crab cake, but of course, the taste and flavor were entirely different. Again, to put the cost into perspective, I picked up the bill for three people and we each had a taco and soft drink. It cost me about $6.50 USD for the whole shebang. That has to be, at minimum, a third of what it would cost north of the border.
As I already mentioned, Mariscos Tito’s is right off the toll road. Just minutes from Playa Rosarito, you’ll find it on Calle Puente Machado. With its bright blue tents and colorful signs, it’s hard to miss. Reminiscing about Tito’s is making me a little hungry. There are plenty of other menu options that you can explore, but I have yet to venture past those awesome tacos. Next time I have a chance to go, I do believe I will have one each of the taco pescado and the taco marlin.