Fish tacos and “Mexican sifood” in today’s taco feature.
by Alexander Quebec
Along a small corner near Valley Fair Mall is Dia De Pesca, a former gas station and garage converted into a Mexican restaurant. Driving along Bascom Ave, the retro marquee is easy to see, but the place itself is barricaded with an iron fence backed by tall cacti and other larger bushes. I took an afternoon to visit the place to get a feel for it and, of course, the tacos.
Reading the menu, you will notice the proliferation of seafood items such as fish tacos, ceviche, etc. If you remember your geography, Mexico has over 9,330 Kilometers (5,800 miles) of coast, with over 7,300 of those kilometers on the Pacific and the rest on The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea. With that in mind, it is almost for certain that localities near the sea would have a few specialties utilizing the local seafood down by now.
I ordered the fried fish taco to give it a go. Normally, fish, along with chicken, are the two meats that can be screwed up very easily, the meat can be under cooked (personally, I prefer no salmonella in my food, but that’s just a preference) or overcooked to where the meat is a slab of jerky that only heavy duty mastication could overcome.
When I got my taco, it smelled wonderful; fresh out of the fryer surrounded by a warm tortilla. The creamy, green salsa complimented the taco perfectly, and the batter used to fry the fish itself was fried to crispy, flaky perfection. The only issue I had was with the mountain of lettuce I had to go through before I got to the meat itself. Other than that, perfect.
I also had to try the tostada on a follow up visit. I ordered the shrimp tostada, which featured fresh shrimp marinated in a slightly tangy sauce, with a cool and creamy slice of avocado, loads of shrimp on a crispy, crunchy corn shell.
As I was eating my tacos, I put some thought into the name, and I couldn’t help but think of the Lenten season observed by most Catholics. Many people have observed the intersections of food and religion, the most noticeable one being the Kosher and Halal dietary laws that devout Jews and Muslims observe, respectively. Mexico is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, with over 88% percent of the country professing their faith in the church. Many followers adhere to the strict, meatless diet on Fridays during the Lenten season (Cuaresma in spanish) with seafood being a popular alternative. With that in mind, we sometimes underestimate the influence of different aspects of our belief systems have on what we consume.
Overall, if you’re wanting something of the seafood variety with your tacos, this is where you need to be.
Dia De Pesca is located off of Bascom Ave. and is open from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursdays, until 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday and until 8:00 PM on Sundays. They do accept major cards and are available through Grubhub, Eat 24 and Doordash. Keep in mind that the parking situation is a bit insane, so please come early and be respectful of their neighbors if you opt to park in the street.
(Oops: In an earlier version, we put the name Dia De Pescas, it’s actually Dia De Pesca. We apologize for the error made)