Flavorful Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

October 22, 2012 at 10:17am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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I have been to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop now a couple of times, and I would have to say that it has become my new favorite restaurant in downtown.

As everyone knows, downtown is now inundated with Mexican-inspired fast casual places. In my mind, Fuzzy’s is probably most comparable to Wahoo’s Fish Taco: Both new comers, similar pricing points and atmospheres, and both focusing on fish tacos as their flagship offering. Although I like Wahoo’s, I prefer the Fuzzy’s tacos. I have had both the fried and grilled fish tacos at Fuzzy’s, and they are very tasty, though possibly smaller than those at Wahoo’s. Both times I have had the fried fish tacos, the fish was flaky and crispy, perfectly fried but with a thin batter.  The signature garlic sauce and feta cheese they put on their tacos really work well on these guys. I have also had the shrimp tacos too, which are very good and I believe are pretty unique in Lincoln. 

The Fuzzy’s tacos are $1.99 each, which is probably just the right price for them. But one can get a 2 taco combo plate with a choice of 2 sides for just $5.99. That to me is a very good price for a fast casual combo meal. Last time we were there, Ms. T had a fish and shrimp taco with crispy shells, the lime cilantro rice, and “Latin potatoes” as her sides (above). The potatoes were basically baked home fries but had chili, I believe cumin, and some other spices on them, and made for a good alternative to people who are bored with beans at Mexican restaurants. They definitely had a bit more of a kick than regular home fries.

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I opted for a fried fish soft taco and a crispy chicken taco combo plate (above). The chicken seemed to be mainly white meat and the pieces were slightly bigger than the stringy shredded chicken one can find elsewhere.  The chicken taco was pretty good, though inferior to the fish and shrimp ones. I should also mention that both the crispy corn and the soft corn taco shells are pretty standard, but the combination of the meat with the garlic and feta compensate for that. Additionally, the hot taco sauce they offer (on the side) is actually really genuinely hot. When you combine the hot sauce with the garlic sauce and feta cheese, the results are tacos that are very flavorful, and in my mind quite distinctive.

On my combo plate, I also had the potatoes, but tried the yellow “Mix-Mex” fried rice. The fried rice was a little heavier than the cilantro rice, but that of course is the idea behind fried rice (none of this by the way is remotely healthy food, but one shouldn’t expect that). Both the Mix-Mex and Ms. T’s cilantro lime rice were a little on the salty side for me, but with that again came a lot of flavor.

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Fuzzy’s also has two of those “Coca-Cola Freestyle” machines that have started popping up around town, the kind that offer dozens of different Coke products you choose from using a touch screen menu. I tried the Vanilla Cherry Coke, the Raspberry Coke, the Lime Coke, and some other sort of sugary/fruity soda. These new soda machines would drive Michael Bloomberg up the wall. I left Fuzzy’s on a fat and sugar high feeling very full.

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I should mention, both times I have been to Fuzzy’s it took the cooks probably about 8-10 minutes to turn around our orders. Unlike Oso or Chipotle and that genre, Fuzzy’s is not an assembly line type of restaurant with the food ready for instant service. So, there is a wait for your meal, but in my mind the wait is worth it. I actually prefer waiting for freshly fried fish or shrimp rather than having it sit around in a hot tray for a while

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop rocks. I will be a regular customer for sure.

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Nikkidemas October 22, 2012 at 9:29pm

Too many soda choices + too many people who haven’t used them before OR people who are confused by technology = extremely long lines for pop at Mr. Goodcents, Taco Inn, & Fuzzy’s.

If restaurants are “upgrading” to those, they need to buy more than one.

Fletch October 23, 2012 at 3:29pm

I love the Freestyle machines, but Nikki is right. I hate getting behind a newbie. One reason you may find only one in a restaurant - I heard they cost about $25K. That seems high to me, but that’s what I was told.

Newbie October 23, 2012 at 4:08pm

Even roundabouts have signs!  I haven’t used one of these machines, so I looked online for a You Tube video in case I’m in front of you two.  Now I know.  Be kind to newbies!

David Hofer October 23, 2012 at 6:32pm

That’s why they have TWO!

Nikkidemas October 25, 2012 at 2:49pm

You’re right.  I hope the other places buy another, too.

Big Mike October 25, 2012 at 5:51pm

I stopped by Fuzzy’s today.  I will preface this with the fact that this is my first time at a “fish taco” joint.  First, I love the Freestyle soda machine.  I don’t think there is anything confusing about it.  And, so many types of soda that you can’t normally get. 
I ordered 2 soft shell tacos (one tempura fish and one tempura shrimp).  I wasn’t all that impressed with the flavor of the fish and shrimp. It wasn’t that the flavor was bad, there just wasn’t much flavor at all.  That said, the toppings on the taco were very tasty and seemed fresh.  I consider it a once in a while type of place.

Nebraskim October 26, 2012 at 7:50pm

I might be blind but did not notice in this review where the restaurant is other than “downtown.” When I clicked through to the website, it doesn’t indicate there are any Fuzzy Tacos restaurants in Nebraska. Also, do they sell anything other than batter-fried fish? I’m not to eat wheat, so most batter fried stuff is off-limits.

Big Mike October 26, 2012 at 9:43pm

They are downtown (15th and ‘O’).  Take a look at their menu, there is grilled fish and chicken as well.

http://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/menu.html

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Nebraskim October 27, 2012 at 3:47pm

Thanks. 15th and O is more specific than the vague “downtown,” which I did reference. To me, Downtown stretches from about 8th street on the West to 17th, and L to R.

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