I was in the Rancho Santa Fe /Solana Beach area visiting from out of town, and someone in another bar recommended the street tacos at Fidel's. So, being a connoisseur of good Mexican when I lived in Tucson for eight years, I couldn't resist the temptation.
I pulled into the cantina of Fidel's, which is the only place in the restaurant they'll serve you the street tacos during happy hour from Mon-Thu...and I was totally blown away. I tried four of the five varieties; diced beef, chicken, fish, and breaded chicken...and they were ALL excellent, although I'd have to give the nod to the fish tacos...and they were easy on the wallet, at $2.50 a taco...loaded with all the fixings; veggies, salsa, guacamole, hot peppers optional. The margaritas were also tasty as Jason, my bartender that night, put his mixologist expertise to practice. It was easy for one to imagine themselves south of the border in this place. Filled after 4 tacos (more than my share, but hey, I was tasting the variety) and 2 margaritas, my bill came to less than $25 with tip...definitely no complaints there!
I returned the following day for lunch, and ordered the beef fajitas platter...what set this apart from countless other platters I've had throughout the Southwest and Mexico were the wholesome fresh grilled vegetables; long whole scallions, pepper varieties, sliced tomatoes, avocado slices...with rice, black beans (on demand), and a little sour cream over steamed corn tortillas...and the beef cubes were tender, like they'd been in some sort of marinade. I had enough beef and vegetables to create 6-7 overflowing taco fajitas, and had to carry some home. My mouth waters just recalling it all as I write this. A pint of margaritas on the rocks topped it all off and kept my buddy and I amused.
What a find. I intend to definitely come back to Fidel's...especially for the happy hour street tacos in the cantina...if the secret wasn't out before, I guess the cat's out of the bad now! Fidel's now has me on a quest to find the best street taco in Seattle, which might come from some of the taco trucks we have around town up here. I'm not expecting it to be as good, as Fidel's is the standard I plan on using from now on.
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