Little Shack really is a little shack of a building located in the parking lot of a West side shopping center on North Mesa. The interior looks bigger than the exterior indicates, and within the last couple of years, they’ve added an outdoor patio complete with a television. They also added a second location near UTEP that is inside a shopping center, rather than in the parking lot.

Seafood places in a land-locked city get a bad rap, but fish is good and fresh here with glowing reviews from social media and a ‘Best Seafood in the Dusty Desert’ award this year to back the claim. With that said, don’t hesitate to order up shrimp or fish ceviche (tostada or plate) and aguachiles, whole butterflied shrimp basting in lime juice, cucumber, onion and habanero sauce.

Chips and chile de arbol salsa arrive as you’re seated, and if that’s not enough, you can sample one of the five hot sauce bottles available at each table. The main draw here is the fish tacos. Large portions of fish are dipped in a cornmeal batter, fried and topped with thinly shaved cabbage and diced cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. The best part is the inclusion of two sour cream-based dipping sauces of chipotle and cilantro that pack big flavor. Other menu items include quesadillas, cocktails, soups and salads.

It’s okay if you don’t like or eat fish – Little Shack offers quesadillas with steak or chorizo, as well as steak, adobada and veggie tacos sold in singles and orders of three.

This location is BYOB with a charge per beer, which is the perfect addition to one of their three Clamato varieties. Sweets here include tres leches, flan and a brownie with ice cream. In addition to food happy hour specials, Little Shack offers Monday through Thursday specials featuring oyster shots, fish tacos, aguachiles and clamatos, respectively.

5360 N. Mesa; 915-321-1562; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Vegetarian friendly; Children’s menu available; $1.50-10.50

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