Lent may be the season of sacrifice, but it brings a once-a-year treat for Santa Feans: the tacos de pescado at El Chile Toreado.
On Lenten Fridays, the popular food stand on Early Street offers a feast of four fish tacos for $9.95. Spicy tilapia, seared on a grill that might just have magical flavor powers, is tucked into corn tortillas, scattered with corn kernels and heaped with pico de gallo and El Chile Toreado’s potent salsa verde. It might be difficult to remember Jesus wandering and starving in the desert while you’re scarfing down such a meal.
Eating fish on Fridays, or any other day, turns out to be no problem in Santa Fe, which boasts a wealth of year-round fish taco options. As I made a recent survey to track down the best, I was heartened to sample several different – and mostly delicious – takes on the Baja California export.