Every time Mario and I visit Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood (kind of a littler Little 5 Points, Atlantans), Cabo Fish Taco has a crowd milling outside and a wait time of an hour-plus. To me, this says, “must be good.” It could also be due to the fact that the place was recently featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (although I really don’t think that it would qualify for any of those monikers):
We waited patiently for hour hour-plus wait, alleviated slightly by the opportunity to peruse the gallery crawl held in NoDa on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. When we were finally seated on the patio, we quickly made our choices for dinner. Mario went for the signature beer battered shrimp tacos (cheese only, yawn) and I had the BBQ Mahi Tacos (Grilled mango BBQ Mahi-Mahi tacos stuffed with Cabo slaw, tomato, avocado, mixed cheeses & finished with cilantro white sauce):
Mario’s shrimp tacos look at little boring in the picture, but they didn’t taste boring at all. The shrimp batter was crispy and delicious, and the shrimp were juicy. My bbq mahi tacos were AMAZING! They were stuffed to the brim with not just toppings, but delicious (and not dry) fish as well. The slaw and white sauce were especially flavorful and made the whole taco pop. One comment I had about my tacos was that the “mixed cheeses” included were really not even necessary–with all the other “stuff” going on, cheese didn’t add anything to the taco. Overall though, the tacos were fantastic, and I’m going to try and recreate them sometime soon.
Despite the weekend evening wait, Cabo Fish Taco is a great part of the Charlotte food scene (with another location in Blacksburg, VA). I so thoroughly enjoyed my meal, I even tried convincing Mario to return the next day!