Last Update: Aug 23rd, 2019
Zona Fresca SE 17th Street

Zona Fresca

1331 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33316
Overall Rating
Last Review


Parking: Private Lot
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Beer
Outside Dining: Yes


Free Parking


Pedestrian Fast Mexican Food

Critic's Review

I'm not sure why I went into Zona Fresca; I don't normally do fast food. I mistakenly thought this might be something else. It's not.

The previous restaurant that was here is gone; After many years operating as a bad pizzeria; they've ripped it, replaced the floor with polished concrete and turned it into a fast food restaurant.

Zona counter

Everything I've had at Zona Fresca other than fish tacos have sucked, so I ordered 2 fish tacos. About $6 for 2. I place the order and head over the to "Salsa Bar", once an edgy extra but now a ubiquitous feature of fast Mexican.

Zona salsa

Hard to get excited over this salsa. The Mild seemed like it might be ok.

Zona Fresca Mild Salsa

I sit on one of the uncomfortable chairs and wait. The place is incredibly dreary. A corner storefront; fast food all the way.

Zona inside

It took 10 minutes for the tacos to come out. Way too long for fast food. Way too long to wait in this insipid storefront with bad Mexican music blaring.

I got home and opened the bag. Chips are included.

Zona Fresca Fish Tacos

Fried fish sticks with cabbage and tomatoes. A little difficult to get out of the container without breaking the shells.

Zona Fresca Fish Taco

Surprisingly flavorless. I really liked this the first time I had it in 2009, but this was very bland and pedestrian.

Zona taco eaten

It looks like they chopped up a lot of bad tomatoes; I guess they use the good tomatoes for salsa and the bad ones for tacos.

Zona bad tomatoes


I didn't care for the "fresh" Mexican concept when Baja and Lime were opening and closing copycat concepts; and I like it even less now. Mexican food is about intense flavors, and these tacos had no taste at all. I could have loaded it up with salsa, but if I have to do that then the food isn't worth eating.

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Have you not eaten Zona Fresca? It’s the greatest taco lunch of all time.
I tried it a few times. "Fresh Mexican" is a concept that's come and gone. Aside from the fish tacos, the food is garbage.

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