100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Pacific White Fish Taco at La Santisima

This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email [email protected]

99. Pacific White Fish Taco at La Santisima

You're a lucky diner if you can snag a table at La Santisima during the lunch rush because this 16th Street restaurant isn't all that big. But if you do get a seat at one of the handful of tables — or can go during off-peak hours — then you'll be rewarded with excellent Mexican cuisine and the best selection of salsas in the Valley. 

The restaurant, formerly called La Condesa Taco Shop, features a salsa bar that's nothing short of legendary. There are about a dozen different varieties to choose from — everything from a smoky, spicy chile de arbol salsa to the slightly unexpected but rather popular strawberry variety. I personally can't get enough of the creamy cilantro salsa, it's a mild salsa that's excellent on chips but would also make a very good salad dressing. (If only the restaurant sold it by the bottle!) 

It's also featured on La Santisima's fish taco. It's a real thing of beauty, this taco, with flaky white fish surrounded by a thin layer of crisp beer batter. Served on a corn tortilla with cabbage and that addicting cilantro salsa, this fish taco is one of the best I've had in town. For a heartier option you can try the Sonora Arrachera Taco, which features marinated strips of steak, or the well-loved Oaxaca Black Mole Taco — here's an even better idea, get a two taco plate and try one of each, though doing so will cost you a little more. 

Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to try the guacamole and the horchata. 

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