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World's Most Delicious Street Foods 2010

Fish Tacos

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Fish Tacos, Juanita’s Taco Shop, San Diego

Fish taco aficionados—and California has legion—love to debate the finer points of what goes into the perfect version of their favorite street snack. Deep-fried or grilled fish fillet? Salsa or white sauce? The addition of guacamole: tantamount to heresy? There is, however, one area of consensus: some of the finest fish tacos come from this humble shop-window on North Coast Highway in Encinitas. The tacos at Juanita’s will keep purists happy—they conform to the version first introduced to Baja in the 1970s. Battered and deep-fried fish, shredded lettuce, salsa fresca, and lime, all in sight of the beach and under two bucks. Gnarly.

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