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Fish tacos are the Steve McQueen of Western foods: casual and cool. Born in Baja, Mexico, they were brought north of the border by surfers who’d discovered just how delicious deep-fried or grilled fish could be when wrapped in a corn tortilla and served with a mayonnaise-based sauce, salsa, and a most vital spritzito of lime. Today a good fish taco, a cold Corona, and the beach are the three essentials of a California summer. Prime spots for tempting tacos include Malibu’s Reel Inn, Ruddell’s Smokehouse on the San Luis Obispo County coast in Cayucos, and San Diego’s South Beach Bar & Grille.
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