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La Estrella in Pasadena (Foothill & Altadena Dr.): Delicious fish tacos!!!

Joe Sep 13, 2006 10:43 PM

I've been craving fish taco's the last few days so I hit up the two places that I thought would serve up the best ones.

First night, I decided to hit La Estrella on Foothill and Altadena Drive. I ordered 1 fish taco and one torta sandwich with Al Pastor. The sandwich was ok but if knew what I was about to get myself into with the fish taco, I would've not ordered the torta and ordered 2-3 fish tacos instead. Short of the fish tacos I've had in Baja, this was one of the best and freshest tasting Baja style fish tacos I've had in a while. The portion was great and the battered fish was fresh and flakey. Tons of cabbage and great tarter sauce to top it off. I'll definitely be going back soon for more. That was one delicious fish taco!

A couple of nights later, I decided to try the fish tacos at Super Burrito on Colorado and Rosemead (1 block west of). Although I do like their asada and pastor tacos, the fish taco here was no where near as good as the ones over at La Estrella. It was like night and day in comparison. Needless to say, I won't be ordering fish taco's at Super Burrito anymore. Maybe I should've taken a queue from the establishment name and stuck to what they do best...asada and pork.

  1. David Kahn Sep 14, 2006 12:43 AM

    How were the tortillas?

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    1. re: David Kahn
      Joe Sep 14, 2006 05:46 PM

      I didn't pay specific mind to the tortilla. I do know it tasted fresh and it was soft. Not sure if they're home made or not. I doubt it.

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      revets2 Sep 14, 2006 01:53 AM

      i second the recommendation. i also like the shrimp cocktail and the ceviche with the crunchy tortilla on the bottom.

      on the fish tacos, i ask for the hot sauce on the side as it's pretty spicy for me the way it comes and i like spice. i think the white sauce is crema mexicana.

      wash it down with horchata or hibiscus tea. yummy.

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      1. re: revets2
        WildSwede Sep 14, 2006 04:28 PM

        I agree - La Estrella's fish tacos and ceviche is especially good. Next time, try the fish tacos and ceviche at Tacos Baja Ensenada - really, really good!!

        1. re: WildSwede
          revets2 Sep 14, 2006 10:03 PM

          is that the one on whittier blvd. in l.a.? i'm game!

          1. re: revets2
            WildSwede Sep 14, 2006 10:46 PM

            That would be it! ;-)
            Also, if you like Al Pastor (everything else is great too, but the AP drives me crazy) go to the little market on the corner of Hammond and Summit in Pasadena. 1 block N of Mountain and 1 block east of Raymond. Really, really good. 9-5 M-Sat, 9 or 10-2 Sunday. for map: http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?add...

        2. re: revets2
          dotcomprof Oct 5, 2012 06:25 PM

          Actually I asked they told me it's sour cream. Still mighty tasty!!!!!!!!!!!!

          1. re: dotcomprof
            Mr. Roboto Oct 5, 2012 08:15 PM

            Did you ask in English or en español? Sometimes it's just easier to say "sour cream" if the response is to be in English.

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          dotcomprof Oct 5, 2012 06:39 PM

          I posted before about the fish tacos but only about the white sauce. They told me it was sour cream. Weird but it's darn good.

          Okay so here is my point. I used to vacation to Mexico at least 4 - 5 times a year (before all this crazy drug wars started to happen) for vacation, enjoying myself an escape out of LA and enjoying authentic Mexican food. La Estrella's fish taco rocks! It reminds me of my friends sitting on the beach drinking a beer or 10 and chowing down on these tacos.

          One recommendation order it without tomatoes and lite on the "white sauce." This allows the fish to retain its crisp.

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          1. re: dotcomprof
            Mr Taster Oct 5, 2012 08:32 PM

            For what it's worth, the best fish tacos I've had were at the El Fenix stand in Ensenada and those tacos were miraculous in the way the crispness held up under crema & salsa. I hold great LA fish tacos up to the same standard.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: dotcomprof
              Joe Oct 6, 2012 09:09 AM

              Wow, a thread brought back from the dead. I grew up spending lots of time in Baja Mexico. Lots of surfing trips down to Esterro, San Miguel, San Filepe, Encenada, Rosarito, etc. One thing we always looked forward to and loved were the little taco stands in and around the neighborhoods. La Estrella isn't 100% that but it's pretty damn good. I don't think anything will ever be as good as nostalgic food. Although, I recently discovered Ricky's Fish Taco's stand in LA (funky limited hours) and I must admit, it's so very close. Another must try.

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