2055 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 895-7923I would like to introduce you all to my first guest editor and fellow blogger, Savannah Quintero. I asked if she could check out a recommended eatery and do a write-up for me. She accepted the challenge and I present to you the fruits of her labor. -Fred
There I was, far from home, staring up at the words "TOTO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT." Ohh, Mexican food. Not one of my top favorite cuisines to review, since my family makes the best Mexican food this side of the border, but yet standing outside the building I felt flutters thinking about carnitas, fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas...but wait! I had to snap myself out of the greasy trance and remember the main reason for my travels. Fish tacos.
The restaurant was like any typical Mexican restaurant decked out in the colors of the flag and Spanish musica coming from the walls. It seemed as though most of the employees were watching Futbol when we walked it, but I excused it, because who ISN'T watching soccer right now?
Our server sat us and promptly took our drink orders, after a few minutes he returned with the wrong drinks. He asked me if I had ordered a Coke or a water, I told him water and he went back to get me my water. I peered around my booth to see that there was only 2 other couples eating at the time, and that both of the tables had their drink orders. Sketchy service? Oh well, I can get past the tiny error.
After reviewing the menu a few times, and asking our server, I noticed there was only one type of fish taco to choose from (although, there were a lot of different sea food plates.) I ordered the mariscos tacos which includes two tortillas, orange roughy, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and avocado. The only way I could order these tacos was on a plate, which included rice and beans, altogether it totaled $11.95. $11.95?! These better be some good tacos.
When they arrive, I start to drool. They looked promising! Could they taste as great as they look? At first bite the first thing that pops into my head is, "Am I eating orange roughy in a taco? This doesn't seem right." And it didn't. The fish was a tad fishy, but the spiciness of the pico de gallo took a little bit of that pain away. I took the second bite and the cheese (CHEESE?! on fish!?) and sour cream came into play, altogether the combination of flavors made something that I could swallow, but wasn't something that I close my eyes and squeal in excitement every time I took a bite. The combination of sour cream and avocado all over my hand was not something I quite enjoyed either. I eventually took the large chuck of avocado off as it was doing nothing, except cover my hand in its green meat.
In the end, I don't think the tacos were worth $12.00, and even though I did leave a bit discouraged, this assignment has opened my interest in attempting more fish tacos, as I'm sure there are MUCH better ones than Toto's. If I was in the area again, I probably would attempt another dish there, but I would not return for the fish tacos. I suppose it could be the way I look at the idea of fish tacos. I look forward to the refreshing bite fish tacos. I don't want soggy, hot, messy, but fresh, cool, and clean.
Mariscos Tacos (2) (plus rice and beans)- $11.95
Ingredients: Orange roughy, pico de gallo, Cheddar cheese, sour cream, a slice of avocado, and 2 warmed corn tortillas.
...if only Tacos de Compita had fish tacos...