After a long hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona, my hiking buddy Darrel and I needed to refuel after time in the desert sun. We wanted a spot where we could go in our post-hike sweaty glory so we picked Coconut’s Fish Café. Darrel had lived in Scottsdale for years and knew I’m a huge fish taco fan.
Yes, Coconut’s is an order-at-the-counter joint in a strip mall, but trust me after one visit I’d say it’s worth braving the strip mall. Admittedly, I had to question fish tacos in the desert, but the small chain started in Maui and is known for their killer fish tacos.
Zagat rated the fish tacos as “the perfect fish taco” so I decided on those. Darrel went for the coconut shrimp and chips, which are fries with their special seasoning (and they’re delicious!). The coconut shrimp comes with house made Thai chili pineapple sauce.
Coconut’s fish tacos are done on two grilled white corn tortillas and 17 different ingredients. The grilled fished is topped with organic tomato salsa, house made mango salsa, their famous cold slaw, tomatoes, and cheese. I agree with Zagat – they are worthy of being dubbed “the perfect fish taco.”