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TTOTT Review: Cabo Fish Taco, Charlotte, NC {Baja SeaGrill}

The TTOTT's review of Cabo Fish Taco {Baja SeaGrill} 4.25 out of 5 ♥ Service ♥♥♥♥♥ Atmosphere ♥♥♥♥ Food ♥♥♥♥ Value ♥♥♥♥

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Cabo Fish Taco {Baja SeaGrill} 4.25 out of 5

  • Service ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Atmosphere ♥♥♥♥
  • Food ♥♥♥♥
  • Value ♥♥♥♥

Cabo Fish Taco – Many years ago Todd and I discovered a tv show called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.  Funky, quirky celebrity chef Guy Fieri travels across America in search of the best food in America.

DDD features places like roadside diners, vintage drive-ins and out-of-the-way “dives” aka the places where all the locals go.  The food can be really off the beaten path, such as the time he went to Pit Road Bar and Grill in Charlotte. Sounds like a bar, turns out to be an indoor go-cart track!  And Bebe had a birthday party to go to there one recent Saturday morning.  Which just happily for me happens to be conveniently near a cool and funky arts district located on North Davidson Street in Charlotte called NoDa.

The TTOTT's review of Cabo Fish Taco {Baja SeaGrill} 4.25 out of 5 ♥ Service ♥♥♥♥♥ Atmosphere ♥♥♥♥ Food ♥♥♥♥ Value ♥♥♥♥

(In case you were wondering, at Pit Road Bar and Grill, Guy recommended The Concord which was a toasted ciabatta roll spread with NC mission fig preserves topped with aged filet steak bites and blue cheese crumbles.  Heck yeah.  He also featured The Hot Lap which was spicy shredded chicken on a toasted ciabatta roll, topped with mozzarella, cilantro and a jalapeno-cilantro crema.  We were sold.)

So, anyway, Todd and I have been working our way through the Diners, Drives-Ins, and Dives featured restaurants, albeit slowly.  One place Guy recommended is called Cabo Fish Taco – Baja SeaGrill in NoDa.  There’s one here in Charlotte, NC and one in Blacksburg, VA.

First off… that name.  What’s Baja SeaGrill?  So, back in the day the best fish tacos in Baja, California were sold in roadside stands, usually run by the same Mexican fishermen who caught the fish being served.

Cabo Fish Taco in NoDa

I’d been hearing about this restaurant for awhile now.  Friends would check-in there on Facebook and posts pictures of some pretty impressive looking tacos.  Guy Fieri featured the BBQ Mahi Mahi Tacos on DDD.  Icouldn’t wait to try this place!

I scanned Yelp reviews on the way over from Pit Road and noticed a trend:  Get the BBQ tilapa taco, get the tuna taco, get the crab dip appetizer, get Michelle as your server.  Since Bebe’s friend’s birthday party was early in the day we stopped in around 11:45 am on a Saturday morning. Parking was light and we found a great street spot with no problem.

Walked in to rather snippy hostess who for some reason walked us to a miniature table for two (I mention this because every single other couple seated both before and after us was given a table for four).

Cabo Fish Taco inside tables

Everything changed then because we got…Michelle…as our server.

I got stitches in my hand recently and what was a crappy doctor visit became good because the the PA who stitched me up was awesome. Same thing here… if you go to Cabo Fish Taco, you want Michelle, she’s awesome.

I listened to the other servers making their presentations, but they just weren’t the same.  She knows her stuff and has a great personality, to boot.

I like to tell servers when it’s my first visit.  Yes, I’ve done my homework online first.  Yes, I generally know my order.  But I care about their opinion.

Michelle’s face brightened up when I said it was our first visit and she walked us through the menu.  Interestingly, it generally mimicked what was stated by Yelp and Trip Advisor reviewers.  Get the tacos, Michelle said, for your first time.  Get the BBQ mahi mahi, get the wasabi tuna.  Get the crab dip starter.  Ok, then, sounds good to me.

My husband, who loves to challenge me to see if he can order the best meal when we go out orders first, at my request.  He chooses the wasabi tuna Tavarua (Tav-A-Roo) Tuna Tacos $11.50.  Blackened lemon-rubbed tuna in a kiwi-pineapple fajita sauce, stuffed with lettuce, tomato, mixed cheeses & topped with honey wasabi sauce. OMG.  He wins. He so freakin’ wins.  The tuna tacos are AMAZING.  He got medium which was a smidgey pink in the middle.

Cabo Fish Taco tavarua tuna tacos

For $12.95 you can mix and match two tacos.  So I, following reviewer and Michelle’s suggestions opt to mix and match.  I got 1 Tilapia taco (Grilled mango BBQ mahi-mahi tacos stuffed with cabo slaw, tomato, avocado, mixed cheeses & finished with cilantro white sauce.) and 1 Carne Asada taco (Grilled steak sauteed in a roasted red tomato sauce with peppers & onions, stuffed with lettuce, tomato & mixed cheeses.)  They were both good, very good.  But Todd still wins.

The tilapia, which reviewers seemed to love the most, was fine. I won’t get it again.  I preferred the carne asada but wasn’t fond of he peppers and onions.  All tacos are fork and knife, no need to pick up.  They are overfilled and waaaaaay more than needed for lunch.  Since I love restaurant leftovers, this was a plus for me and a plus for my wallet.

The Baja Shrimp and Crab Dip $10.75 turned out to be crab and shrimp dip with outrageous deep-fried pita corners that had just come out of the fryer.  I commented on how bad they were for me and then ate about 1000 of them. It came out just minutes after ordering, piping hot, with a very, very generous serving amount, we took this home, too.

Cabo Fish Taco Baja Shrimp and Crab Dip

We were given a fresh salsa and chips upon being seated, a combination of roasted corn, tomatoes and scant seasoning.  I’d recommend ordering an appetizer because the chips were the bagged chip variety, cold, and the salsa extremely bland.

Cabo Fish Taco Chips and Salsa

The two tacos come with your choice of side, including Black Beans & Rice, Baja Rice, Refried Beans, Herb Mashers, Jalapeno & Cheese Mashers, Mexi-Slaw, Nopalito Salad, or the Seasonal Side. We chose the Refried Beans (yummy) and the seasonal side in March which was Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes.  They had some real kick to them so be prepared.  Unfortunately, they came out cold (see the completely firm shredded cheese on top?) so I wasn’t really a fan.

Cabo Fish Taco Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes

We finished up and decided to walk through NoDa for a bit.  After a quick visit to Popbar down the street we picked up Bebe and went home. Doesn’t this Popbar look like a slice of gelato heaven????  If you’ve never tried it, you’ve gotta go!

The Toast of the Town | My custom made Popbar from Popbar in Charlotte

So all in all, have you ever kept thinking about your meal afterwards and the leftovers just waiting for you in the fridge?    I puttered around the rest of the day doing chores and eventually just gave in to the cravings.  I couldn’t stop thinking about that crab and shrimp dip and Todd’s wasabi tuna tacos.  Obsessively so. This is a big rave.  I’m going back!


Cabo Fish Taco {Baja SeaGrill}

3201 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205 (NoDa)

  • Appetizers – $4.95 – $10.95
  • Salads – $9.25 – $13.95
  • Tacos – $10.950- $12.95
  • Burritos – $10.50 – $12.95
  • Big Swells – $10.50 – $15.75

http://www.cabofishtaco.com

Have you tried Cabo Fish Taco yet?  How was your experience?  What were your favorite dishes?

Fondly, Kristen

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