Bro’s Fish Tacos in Virginia Beach
Ah, tacos. Who doesn’t love tacos? Whether they come in a corn or flour tortilla, filled with fish, chicken or steak, there’s something about eating a really delicious taco. I’ve had tacos at a few restaurants and food trucks all over Hampton Roads. After eating at Bro’s Fish Tacos in Virginia Beach, I can say that I’ve had some of my favorite tacos ever.
On Tuesday, December 18, #TacoTuesday flooded my Instagram feed and I got a bad case of food envy. While brainstorming local Mexican restaurants and taquerias to visit, Bro’s Fish Tacos crossed my mind. I’d been seeing their drool-worthy pics online and knew it was time to try their offerings.
Bro’s Fish Tacos began as a food truck, servicing the Virginia Beach area since 2013. In October 2018, Bro’s expanded and opened a full-service restaurant on N Lynnhaven Road, right off Virginia Beach Boulevard.
Inside the Restaurant
I pulled up to the restaurant to see a decent-sized crowd inside. While most were waiting to pick up to-go orders, others were seated at a table or the bar. The inside of Bro’s is brightly decorated and well lit, perfect for taking food pictures. The wall facing the parking lot features floor-to-ceiling garage-style doors that can transform your dining experience to al fresco during the warmer months. Four TVs mount the walls as up-tempo music played softly in the background.
I placed my order with the friendly cashier when I walked in. Bro’s tacos are reasonably priced, between $3.50 and $4.50. On Tuesdays, from 3–7 p.m., you can order some of the tacos at a discounted price. I ordered three of their seven tacos: The Truth, Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy and Shredder. The Truth and Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy were each $1 off the regular price since I arrived at about 6 p.m.
Each taco is served in a soft flour tortilla and comes with your choice of sauce, as well as fresh-cut cabbage and a homemade pico de gallo. Being incredibly indecisive when it comes to food, I counted on the guidance of my cashier. I asked which sauces she recommended and essentially put my meal in her capable hands. Her choices did not disappoint.
The Truth is Bro’s most popular taco. This Baja-style fish taco is made with beer-battered flounder. On the recommendation of the cashier, I had this taco with the Sweet Cinnamon Chipotle sauce. I typically don’t order fish tacos that come battered or breaded with the fear that the coating will over power the actual fish. If you share this concern, you will have no problem at Bro’s Fish Tacos. The beer-batter was so incredibly light that it merely added a little texture to the moist flounder. Each bite of the flounder was perfectly flaky and its sweet taste blended brilliantly with the cinnamon chipotle sauce that also give the taco a little heat.
Next, I worked my way over to my carnitas taco, the Shredder. Bro’s seasons the shredded pork in-house giving the tender meat a mouthwatering flavor. While some prefer a simple carnitas taco, I loved eating it all dressed up with the colorful pico de gallo and tangy Chipotle Garlic sauce.
The last taco I ate was the Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy which, as you probably guessed, is a shrimp taco. I took a peek under the taco toppings, including the Chipotle Garlic sauce, to see bright pieces of shrimp. The shrimp are seasoned with “Baja/garlic spices,” according to the menu. Shrimp tacos often run the risk of getting overcooked or over seasoned, but not these. Bro’s shrimp tacos were a little sweet and perfectly firm, not rubbery at all. With a squeeze of lime right over the pico de gallo, I had the perfect combination of flavors.
Each taco was more delectable than the next and by the time I got home, I immediately wanted to go back for more. Bro’s fills their tacos up with the protein at the bottom and shredded cabbage and pico de gallo on top. I’m sure I looked messy letting an assortment of tomatoes fall from the edges of my taco and right out of my mouth but it was all worth it to get to the good stuff.
Bro’s Other Offerings
All of Bro’s tacos can be made into a bowl, perfect for gluten-free diners or those looking to skip the tortilla and dive right in. In addition to tacos, Bro’s Fish Tacos also serves cheese, shrimp, tuna and pork nachos and several side dishes to add to your taco meal.
Bro’s Fish Tacos is located at 277 N Lynnhaven Road, Suite 11, Virginia Beach.