Fish tacos create a new wave in restaurant industry

fish taco
fish taco

We're hooked on fish tacos -- and it's about time. Native North Americans were wrapping their catch in stone-ground corn tortillas centuries ago, but only now is mass culture gobbling up fish tacos at a rate that is making them one of the restaurant industry's top trends.

Taco Bell, the Mexican fast food stalwart for decades, recently announced it will offer them in stores nationwide next year. But it is behind the curve, according to a story in USA Today. Fish tacos rank 20th among the 200 items sold at the Cheesecake Factory chain. Off-the-charts testing compelled California Pizza Kitchen to include them on the menu. Many other franchises that had little to do with traditional Mexican food are biting as well.