52: Fish Tacos at Barrio Cafe

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Number 52: Fish tacos at Barrio Cafe

From the mole to the cochinita pibil to the wild mushroom enchiladas, there's a lot to love about chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's classy Mexican cuisine at Barrio Cafe. I could easily spin off a mini-list of favorites just from this menu alone.

The tacos de pescado, though, are leagues beyond the humble fish tacos you'll find at so many little joints nearby on 16th Street.

First and foremost, excellent fish makes a huge difference. Here, it's fresh, beautiful halibut, dipped in a delicate batter and fried until golden. Then, it's tucked into warm tortillas with cabbage, avocado, tomato, cotija, and creamy Baja sauce. A whole plate of these looks almost intimidating, but I always surprise myself by how handily I can clean the plate.

Side note: Try the amazing horchata here. Just do it.

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55: Mole Poblano at Los Sombreros
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57: Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake at The Vig
58: White Flannel Hash at Orange Table
59: Butterfish Tataki at Roka Akor
60: Eggs Maximilian at Harlow's Cafe
61: Chickpea Ceviche at Bombay Spice
62: Spiced Skirt Steak at Tuck Shop
63: Rib Eye Philly at SanTan Brewing Company
64: Albacore With Black Truffle at Crudo
65: Slice at Jimmy & Joe's Pizzeria
66: Lee's Combination at Lee's Sandwiches
67: Duck Curry at Sala Thai
68: Chicken Kabab at Med Fresh Grill
69: Cheese Course at Sweet Republic
70: La Potence at Le Chalet
71: Brisket at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue
72: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at The Roosevelt
73: Coq Au Vin at Vincent's Market Bistro
74: Cochinita Pibil Tacos at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
75: Char Siu Bao at Phoenix Palace
76: Huevos Rancheros at Gallo Blanco Cafe
77: Italian Stallion at La Piazza Al Forno
78: Bourekas at Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
79: Warm Maine Lobster Salad at Modern Steak
80: Escargots En Croute at Petite Maison
81: Salumi at Quiessence
82: Okonomiyaki at Hana Japanese Eatery
83: Croissants at Essence Bakery Cafe
84: Coronado Coney at The Main Ingredient
85: Green Chili at Rito's Mexican Takeout
86: Soup Gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar
87: Pop Cho and Sweet Ginger at The Breadfruit
88: La Jawab Kadahi Gosht at The Dhaba
89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's
90: Burrata at Humble Pie
91: Bruleed Foie Gras Torchon at Posh
92: Moroccan Nomad Stew at Chakra 4
93: Peking Duck at Gourmet House of Hong Kong
94: Mozzarella Sandwich at Pane Bianco
95: Egg White Omelette at Fez
96: Machaca From Los Dos Molinos
97: Shish Taook from Baiz Market
98: Pasties From Cornish Pasty Co.
99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express
100: Bruschetta From Postino

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Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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