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A typical taco place will have a range of beef, chicken and even pork taco options. But in recent years, fish tacos have been showing up more and more on the menu. A desire for lighter, healthier and more gourmet options for the typical taco has led to the popularity of the fish taco. From crispy to freshly-grilled, there are a variety of options to try. If you don’t already have a favorite, here are some great places to get fish tacos in and around Pittsburgh.

Mad Mex
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 494-5656
www.madmex.com

Located in Robinson, Mad Mex has a fresh Mexican menu with a California twist. The menu is full of authentically tasty dishes prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Mad Mex offers crispy fish tacos with cornmeal dusted tilapia, avocado, house made slaw, chipotle aioli and a bit of cilantro served in a crunchy corn or soft flour tortilla. A grilled mahi-mahi taco is also available with avocado, red cabbage and radish, the chipotle aioli and cilantro. This option is also available in a crunchy or soft shell.

Kaya
2000 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-6565
www.bigburrito.com

Located in the Strip District, Kaya is known for Caribbean and South American cuisine such as paella. The menu brings in the flavors of the sun and the sea. Kaya’s crispy fish tacos are a menu favorite. Made with crispy breaded fish, avocado, cilantro, cabbage slaw and topped with spicy crème fraiche, the tacos are served in a soft flour tortillas. Try them with an exotic side of plantain chips.

Union Grill
413 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-8620

Located in Oakland, Union Grill is a favorite among University of Pittsburgh students. The classic fish taco is a favorite among those who eat there regularly. This fish taco has a large beer battered fish plank, red cabbage and corn salsa. Top it off with sriracha sauce for an extra zing. This huge and tasty fish taco is also good with cilantro sauce. Try it with a margarita, which is another favorite among frequent diners.

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Penn Ave. Fish Company
2208 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 434-7200
www.pennavefishcompany.com

Located in the Strip District, the Penn Ave. Fish Company offers fresh fish for sale for homes and restaurants, plus a tasty menu of fish and seafood dishes for dining in and catering. The fish tacos at Penn Ave. Fish Company are a favorite among seafood lovers. The tacos contain salmon, swordfish and tuna with shredded cabbage, cilantro, salsa and sriracha. Enjoy a plate of two or three tacos depending on your hunger level.

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 904-2279
www.roundcornercantina.com

Located in Lawrenceville, the Round Corner Cantina is a favorite spot for summer dining. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a margarita while people-watching in the summer. Round Corner Cantina serves up a fish taco with tempura battered mahi-mahi with shredded cabbage and radish, crema and cilantro. All is served in one of Rounder Corner Cantina’s fresh tortillas made in house daily.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.