Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This fish taco blogger is once more pleasantly surprised in Kansas

It was that Christmas time of year again and so I headed west to Manhattan, Kansas for the Holidays. My mom was quick to bring to my attention a newly opened Mexican joint that had a fish taco on the menu for me to try. Taco Lucha is located in Aggieville, home of bars and cheap eats for the students. And this newly opened eatery seems to be quite a hit already, as even with most students out of town, the lines were long. The place is happy and bright, steeped in the imagery of the Mexican Luchador tradition and decorated with colorful wrestling masks, assorted lanterns, and bright green bar stools.

We started off with a margarita (tasty although a bit on the watery side) and a bowl of freshly made guacamole. The fish taco was of the classic variety - grilled tilapia, pico de gallo, cabbage, and cilantro lime creme served on a flour tortilla. On the side, a bottle of homemade smoked habanero sauce to spice things up. For $2.75 each, the tacos are priced to please the student budget. The fish was flavorful, the creme delicious, the cabbage crunchy and the addition of the habanero sauce tied it all together beautifully. For 50 additional cents you can add cheese, guacamole or pickled escabeche to your taco. Seeing as Taco Lucha is brought to you by the same owners as the previously well-reviewed So Long Saloon, I should not have been surprised to find such tasty fishy morsels in this Kansas town.

Taco Lucha
1130 Moro
Manhattan, KS
(785) 320-5255


4 out of 5 fishies.

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