Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers: An Homage in Miami to Baja Surf Tacos
So here’s how the story goes (at least according to the Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers truck’s website) in 100 words or less: "Mid-19th century, a young surfer called "Jefe" ("boss" in Spanish) dominated the waves of Ensenada, Baja, Calif. When not surfing, Jefe helped his father run the family fishing business and his mother with her beach taqueria. People asked Jefe what made him a good surfer. He swore it was mom's fish tacos. Time passed. One year, his father's boat was lost at sea while Jefe competed in a surfing contest, and his mother passed away. Years later, he reopened his mother's taqueria. It became very popular. Jefe died in 1976, but his recipes were rediscovered by a distant relative."
Whatever you believe about that story (keeping in mind that this truck is Miami, not Baja), if you’re among the uninitiated, you need to try two things on the menu. One is the Ensenada-style fish taco with beer-battered crispy fish, shaved fresh green cabbage, pico de gallo, crema, and lime. The other is the Double Cheezer Miami-Style (two patties, two slices of American cheese, and extra everything (for free), which means tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion, and Jefes’ "boss sauce"). Smacks of In-N-Out? Tacos aren’t the only thing worth emulating from California.
Arthur Bovino is The Daily Meal's executive editor. Follow Arthur on Twitter.