Fish tacos with the King in Loreto, Baja California

Seated at a bar surrounded with big bowls of guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce and enticing green and red sauces, I knew I had arrived.

Fish tacos at El Rey Del Taco are some of the best in Loreto. The fish comes served on fresh flour or corn tortilla. Condiments are made as you watch and served in big family-style bowls that invite you to build your own tacos. Its the Mexican equivalent to a sushi bar.
Fish tacos at El Rey Del Taco are some of the best in Loreto. The fish comes served on fresh flour or corn tortilla. Condiments are made as you watch and served in big family-style bowls that invite you to build your own tacos.
Fish tacos at El Rey Del Taco are some of the best in Loreto. The fish comes served on fresh flour or corn tortilla. Condiments are made as you watch and served in big family-style bowls that invite you to build your own tacos.

After an incredibly demanding and rigorous first half of the year leading the launch of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, I knew of only one place that would force rest and relaxation.

Escaping to my little “Casa del Lagarto Azul” in Loreto, Baja California Sur would be the only chance my bohemian side could wrestle my body from the type A character that has possessed it and which was needed to lead an aggressive and successful launch.

I landed at Loreto International Airport on Thursday afternoon. Yet it is today, seated at a bar surrounded with big bowls of guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce and enticing green and red sauces, that I knew I had arrived. El Rey del Taco (King of Taco) is a local favorite lunch spot serving a variety of tacos made fresh as you watch. I was tipped off by another patron that their fish tacos are some of the best in Loreto.

Condiments are placed in family-style bowls that invite patrons to build their own tacos. I decided to sit at the bar area so I could get a good view of the tacos being made as well as get convenient access to all the taco dressings. While there, I saw a fresh batch of guacamole get blended and poured into the bowl. It doesn't get fresher than that.
Condiments are placed in family-style bowls that invite patrons to build their own tacos. I decided to sit at the bar area so I could get a good view of the tacos being made as well as get convenient access to all the taco dressings. While there, I saw a fresh batch of guacamole get blended and poured into the bowl. It doesn't get fresher than that.

After Clint and I received our orders of fish tacos, we settled into building our tacos. I piled mine high with salsa (love fresh tomatoes) and generously slathered my fish in the guacamole, shredded lettuce and a cautious drizzle of green and red sauces. Clint, loving his dishes hot, made a b-line for the red and green sauces.

This photo was taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Not the best resolution, but alas, Canon service center was not able to get our T2i back in time for this trip to Loreto. I still like this photo because it gives you a good feel of the inside of El Rey Del Taco. What is missing from this shot is the sink to the left that patrons can use to wash up. Building and eating tacos can be a messy business when done right!
This photo was taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Not the best resolution, but alas, Canon service center was not able to get our T2i back in time for this trip to Loreto. I still like this photo because it gives you a good feel of the inside of El Rey Del Taco. What is missing from this shot is the sink to the left that patrons can use to wash up. Building and eating tacos can be a messy business when done right!

The fish tacos at El Rey Del Taco are fit for a king, but don’t  require a king’s ransom. My order of 2 fish tacos and a bottle of Diet Coke came to 60 pesos (just over $5 US). What’s not to love?

Front of El Rey Del Taco. Its distinctive red and white building is hard to miss. It does seem that Coca Cola commissioned Andy Warhol to paint this building.
Front of El Rey Del Taco. Its distinctive red and white building is hard to miss. It does seem that Coca Cola commissioned Andy Warhol to paint this building.
Craving authenticity? Fish tacos do not get any more real than this.
Craving authenticity? Fish tacos do not get any more real than this.
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Loni Stark is a self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker, and yet is also passionate about technology’s impact on business and creativity. She's the host of our Stark Insider video features. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite. Loni's story...
  • Alexander

    Well written article!! And yes it is THE place to have tacos in Loreto