Wahoo's Fish Taco Review

Wahoo's Fish Taco Review

Posted 08-17-2012 in Reviews by Findmegoodfood Staff

Every week our staff of writers visit a local restaurant in the San Diego area and review them, trying to find you good food. This week we headed to Wahoo's Fish Taco in Mission Valley and below are the reviews from our staff members.

Neil - Wahoo's is a taco shop unlike any other. The ceiling is rigged out with surfboards while television sets alternate videos of extreme sports like surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Another thing to note about décor are the stickers. The place is plastered with stickers wall-to-wall, up and down the beams and across the bench seating, either of popular skate and snow brands or even local rock bands. Though the menu includes items you would see at a typical San Diego taco shop, enchiladas, burritos, beans, and tacos, they offer their own flavor by fusing Mexican with Asian cuisine using their own blend of “Banzai” style veggies. A “Banzai” style Carne Asada Burrito is highly recommended if you want the true Wahoo's experience that makes it unique. Banzai veggies consist of bell peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, and cabbage sauteed with homemade terriyaki sauce. The burrito is also stuffed with your choice of white or brown rice, black or cajun white beans, and salsa. Inside your mouth is a celebration of flavors. The Banzai terriyaki makes for a refreshing, sweet taste you won't find at any other taco shop. Aside from items enhanced with Asian flavor, like the Banzai Carne Asada Burrito or the Maui Bowl, the rest of the menu is pretty standard as far as Mexican restaurants go, and you may be better off hitting up a local mexican stand. But with big portions and a nice selection of beers, there's not much room for complaint. This place isn't suitable for people expecting a quiet lunch and fine dining. This is a place to kick back, have a beer, and enjoy an Asian style burrito.

Jess - As a first timer, walking into Wahoos felt very similar to walking into a Volcom or a Zumiez. Loud, indie punk music playing over the speakers, pictures of surfing and skateboarding scattered about the place and stickers placed in random spots throughout the entire restaurant. Even the chairs and tables were victims to this sticker "decoration". The menu was a little bit confusing, but with a little help from the girl behind the counter I was able to make sense of it all and settle on a final decision. The verdict? I chose the Number 2, which consisted of my choice of two tacos or two enchiladas or one taco and one enchilada accompanied with rice and beans. I ended up with one fish taco and one mushroom enchilada with red sauce, white rice and black beans on the side. Being an avid Mexican food enthusiast, I was curious about this new and unique combination of a mushroom enchilada. Of all the places I've traveled to and eaten I've never encountered the option of a mushroom enchilada, so naturally when I received my plate a few minutes later, it was the first thing I went for. The mushrooms themselves were cut into nice bite sized pieces, sauteed and smothered in a buttery, garlic sauce that paired incredibly well with the red enchilada sauce, the cheese, and the tortilla. The flavor of the mushrooms was there but it didn't overpower the original flavor of the tortilla and enchilada sauce. Once I devoured the enchilada, I dove right into the familiar, delicious looking fish taco. Slightly bigger than a street taco, it came on a corn tortilla with the works - fresh grilled fish, cabbage, chunky tomato salsa and a creamy green cilantro sauce. Unlike the food from most fast food restaurants, this taco actually looked just as appetizing and perfect as the picture on the menu. After the first bite, I was sold. The two salsas mixed perfectly with the crisp cabbage and the soft texture of the grilled fish. The black beans were cooked to perfection - not too mushy, not too hard. The white rice had small pieces of freshly ground black pepper and cilantro. This wasn't just good for a chain restaurant, it was good for any restaurant.

Angela - “It's our most popular burrito,” the cheerful girl behind the counter at Wahoo's said, and I clung to “popular” and “burrito” like they were lifelines. So what was delivered to our table was an Outer Reef Burrito. The Outer Reef is made with a choice of fillings from what Wahoo offers, with cheese, lettuce, rice, beans, Wahoo's Green Sauce and a side of salsa. I ordered chicken and every other ingredient except cheese. The tortilla was well-done, not burnt or too crispy. The rice was fluffy and just the right texture, neither soggy or hard. Mixed with the beans and lettuce provided a savory and filling flavor that wasn't too oily or salty like many other burritos. The lettuce wasn't wilted, chewy, too-large pieces, or stringy. The salsa was very light and refreshing, made with cilantro and large chunks of fresh tomato. Yet despite the positive aspects, somehow the entire burrito tasted very dry. There was a good balance between the beans, lettuce, and rice, but there was a noticeably smaller quantity of chicken. Whatever “green sauce” was in the description, I didn't taste any of it. Instead, to make up for the lack of moisture, I dripped salsa and hot sauce in large dollops on almost every bite of the burrito. Even though I'd asked for a spicy burrito, all the hotness in this burrito came from what I added myself. The missing green sauce may have made a difference. The burrito base—tortilla, rice, beans, lettuce—was good; the meat portion, though flavorful, was skimpy. The overall verdict: there are better options in the store. Maybe getting a chicken burrito at a fish taco chain wasn't the greatest idea.

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