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the whole fish fried (more or less west side)

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unable as yet to find a great and simple place to have a cleanly prepared (people who actually change their oil daily) whole fried fish, such as a red snapper or trout. i've tried the cuban place on sepulveda towards inglewood but their's was a little soggy rather than crispy.

any one discovered fish gold?

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  1. Not on the west side, but Ranch 99 markets will fry fish for you.

    I also love the whole fried fish at Krua Thai. I sometimes get the Fish 4 Ways to go. It comes with the sauce in a container and the fried fish separate. I sometimes nibble on the fried fish alone, but I always give in and pour the sauce over the top. It's so good. In the restaurant, the fish is served together with the sauce. The type of fish changes for that dish, but I think you can get a whole fried catfish and tilapia.

    1. I love the whole fried trout at Meals By Genet. It takes 40 minutes to prepare so it's good to call ahead. The skin is super crispy and the flesh is meltingly tender.

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      1. re: hrhboo

        Second this rec! Very tasty and fried to order so it's very crispy and fresh.

      2. I remember a place by Sony called La Huachinanga are something along those lines, who had a whole fried red snapper. I personally love whole red snapper fried, and most Mexican seafood joints will have it.

        Currently, I get my fix at La Paz in Calabasas.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Probably thinking of Mi Ranchito which is still in existance but moved from Culver City farther west into the Mar Vista area. They feature Veracruz style cooking which has the whole fried red snapper with garlic as a center piece of their cuisine.

          12223 W Washington Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90066

          (310) 398-6106

          1. re: tony michaels

            No, the poster is thinking of a restaurant that is across the street from Trader Joe's in Culver City. I think it's called Pacifico's and they serve fish, ostensibly in some Baja California style. It's been mentioned on this board before and I think the reviews are so-so.

            Mi Ranchito would seem to be a much better option.

            1. re: glutton

              Oh yes, Pacifico's. Horrible. Went twice and had terrible food both times and never looked back.

              1. re: tony michaels

                It looks like one of those restaurants that has a business plan and a bunch of investors behind it hoping that they could build a chain on the "concept." Unfortunately, that "concept" did not include good food that is genuinely prepared.

        2. i'm concerned that the fish be top notch and fresh, as well as the cooking oil. most places don't change it often and that is totally gross to me. or they use cheap oil, like coconut oil.

          so it has to be somewhere that fries several a day, is known for it, and takes pride in their freshness and cleanliness, like a great sushi bar.

          1. Whole fried catfish with ponzu, ginger, and cilantro at Shiro in South Pasadena

            1. The whole fried catfish at Chinois On Main is terrific!!

              1. catfish, unfortunately, isn't my favorite

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                1. re: epop

                  Ditto on the catfish for me, but Chinois On Main does it surprisingly well... IMHO, mnosyne is on the nose...

                2. We tried Pacifico's some time ago, after we saw a report on the Food Network. Supposedly famous for their huachinango : (. We didn't liked it at all. Their food is not worth their prices. I can't remember exactly what we ate, but I know that was a bad experience, food and service. I don't recommend this place.

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                  1. re: lvgoodfood

                    I think they're famous in their own minds. I saw the same thing on Food Network, which only confirmed all my suspicions that the "Food Finds" show entails restaurants finding Food Network execs so that they can get on the program, not the other way around. Yes, I was naive. But having used the Food Finds book for years when I was younger, I had high hopes for the TV version. Alas, the Food Network people found a way to offend my chowish sensibilities once again.

                  2. if you're willing to try a fried tilapia, you might give taqueria sanchez on centinela a try.
                    warning: the food is served on paper plates and during the week they close at sevn.
                    (mojarra fritta).

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                    1. re: westsidegal

                      tilapia is one of those highly iffy fish that has appeared; more often than not it isn't the freshest. i think they're raising them on farms in less than perfect conditions.

                      that may be one reason why we don't see much tilapia sashimi, for example. same goes for catfish.

                      caution regarding what one eats is really important to me, especially since so many people don't take the care that really is needed. that's why i mention the great sushi chefs, who really do understand this well

                    2. I drove by Sony today (en route to Markie D's no less) and the place I was thinking was in fact Pacifico's. My friends and I had gone ~5 years ago, and I'd never heard that they were on Food Finds. Perhaps they "jumped the shark" or maybe I always got there when the oil was hot and the fish skin was crisp. Either way, I haven't gone back since my friends in Palms had moved. Too bad, really.

                      I still stand by my rec on La Paz, and I'm sure calabasas_trafalgar will agree. But really, any good Mexican mariscos place should have it, and the larger non-Japanese Asian markets will often do it for you. From the Westside, your best bet is to travel eastward to K-Town or northward to Van Nuys.

                      1. This isn't exactly Westside but just thought I'd mention that Mayflower in Chinatown has a tasty deep fried whole fish for something ridiculous like $3.99. While you're there, you can get an even more ridiculous lobster in garlic sauce for $10 that's quite flavorful. No atmosphere and the lack of parking sucks, but at those prices....

                        1. What oil gets used at Chinois for their deep fried catfish. That could be their big secret.

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                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                            The expensive type... Actually, they use peanut oil, and they charge so much and serve so many orders that they can afford to use fresh oil every day.