Sunday, February 21, 2010

Royale - The King of the Fish Tacos

The Royale is a South City neighborhood drinking establishment with fish tacos on their menu. This is actually where the idea for this fish taco blog began, over a good beer with Baja sauce dripping down my chin. The Royale’s fish taco has a pan-fried tilapia wrapped in a soft-flour tortilla, and comes with pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, corn salad and a tangy Baja sauce (with an accompanying wedge of lime). You can get one taco for $8 or two for $12, both with a side of two-tone beans. But – and this might be sacrilegious of me to say as a fish taco blogger – I’m not a huge fan of beans, so I usually substitute them for some of the South Side’s own scrumptious Billy Goat Potato Chips. All four reviewers – sitting snuggly in a booth – were quick to agree that the fish tacos were very tasty. The fish was both moist and crunchy, while the sauce was flavorful with a little kick. For those who like a little more heat, don't worry, they'll be happy to bring you a bottle of Sriracha hot sauce. I have enjoyed these fish tacos numerous times, and my only complaint is that the consistency is a little lacking. They’re always good, but not always superb. And the price is certainly higher than at your dive little Mexican joint. But the great selection of micro-brewed beers (many local varieties) and superb cocktails named after St. Louis neighborhoods (we recommend the Mr. Smith with your fish tacos), certainly makes this a great spot. Did I mention, by the way, that the non-smoking policy is literally a breath of fresh air?

3132 S. Kingshighway
Saint Louis, MO 63139
(314) 772-3600

4 out of 5 fishies.

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