Despite the Buzz, Wahoo's Fish Taco Is Actually Kinda Meh

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Lauren Shockey
The famous spicy fish taco

Transplanted West Coasters were pretty pumped when Wahoo's Fish Taco opened its doors at 333 Park Avenue South (212-466-3330) a few weeks ago, its first outpost east of the Mississippi River. The fast-casual Cal-Mex chain dates from 1988 and its branches in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas soon developed a cult following for dishes like the Maui Bowl and the fish tacos, plus its low-key vibe that depicts skateboarding and surfing culture. With high hopes, we popped in to sample the goods, but left rather underwhelmed.


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Lauren Shockey
Mild chicken taco

We opted for two tacos ($7.99), in which you can mix and match proteins, so we went for spicy fish and regular chicken. The portions are fairly large, and each taco comes topped with lettuce (or cabbage), pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and a zesty herb sauce. The grilled fish itself was surprisingly moist, but both tacos were studies in blandness.


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Lauren Shockey
Three-minute fish burrito

We also got the three-minute fish burrito ($6.99), which stuffs fish, rice, cheese, and green sauce inside a flour tortilla, served with a side of salsa. We actually preferred this option to the tacos, and, again, the fish was well cooked. But was it a burrito we'd return for? Honestly, no. We could see coming back if maybe we worked across the street and wanted a speedy lunch, but our final verdict: If you want a damn fine burrito, go for one of Our Man Sietsema's favorite five instead.


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6 comments
ProgGrrl
ProgGrrl

It's interesting that you recommend the Sietsema link instead, the beans/cheese/potatoes/meat combos listed there are the polar opposite of the sort of grub of interest to a FISH taco fan. These are light and veggie-heavy, while RS's list is as heavy as it comes. 

Nichelle Johnson
Nichelle Johnson

I thought the food was blah. The meat (I also tried chicken and fish) had no character and very little flavor. The service was awesome, but I will probably never return and it is in my work neighborhood.

James Kingston
James Kingston

I am from Wahoo's hometown and I can see where you're coming from.  I do love them, but it's not really a flavor explosion.  Also, a) the beans at this location are not up to the standard and b) you should have gotten the non-cajun fish.

Garsleat
Garsleat

Are the beans plain or seasoned at Wahoo? I love rice and beans. :)

Lshockey
Lshockey

 cool, thanks for the suggestion.  will be sure to go non-cajun if i return.

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