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Best Fish Tacos (Readers' Pick)

Wild Tomato

This fun-loving little sister of downtown Bethesda’s Persimmon focuses on comfort food classics. There are shareable pizzas, nachos laden with toppings held together with oodles of gooey jack cheese, and finger-licking-good wings. But it’s the Tweet-worthy fish tacos (#sodarngood) that stand out for many readers. A fan favorite at

Persimmon for several years, the tacos ($14 for three) were an instant hit when Wild Tomato put them on its opening menu in 2011. The Cabin John restaurant has sold 25,000 orders since.

“It’s a beachy-casual dish that’s also healthy,” co-owner Stephanie Salvatore says. “People absolutely crave them.”

Fresh white fish is fried golden, blackened Cajun-style or sautéed, then shoehorned into soft flour tortillas. The handheld munchables are filled with guacamole, a spicy sriracha slaw of crunchy cabbage, fresh pico de gallo and a zigzag of peppy chipotle sauce. Just remember to wipe your hands before picking up your phone to rave about them on social media.  

7945 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, 301-229-0680, www.wildtomatorestaurant.com

Other Top Vote Getters: Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café, California Tortilla