Fish tostadas at Phatt Taco

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Downtown lunch-goers have a new quick-and-easy option thanks to the newly opened Phatt Taco. The order-at-the-counter eatery along High Street offers a small dining room and a tight menu of Mexican-style foods. The offerings are pretty straightforward-pick your tortilla (soft taco or a flat and crunchy tostada) and your meat or veggies, and, in true fast-casual-Mexican style, just build up from there.

I ordered the Pescado (fish) tostadas, and it was a lot of food for $8. The dish includes two flat and crunchy tostadas-one regular corn shell, the other spiced with a hint of chipotle-topped with beans, queso fresca, rice and veggies, plus a choice of hot sauces (I recommend all three at once if you don't mind a little kick). The fish was the highlight of the dish; it was tender cod that had been cooked in coconut oil, and had the slightly tropical taste to prove it.

Also on the menu are chicken tamales and chicken soup, with plans to sub out the soup with ceviche come warmer temperatures. Soft drinks are of the Mexican variety (no high fructose corn syrup) and fresh juices are also available. Phatt Taco is the latest restaurant from Jose Becerra, who also owns Phatt Wraps on Campus. His emphasis at Phatt Taco, he told me on my most recent visit, is to keep everything as fresh and healthy as possible.