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Further Fish Taco Adventures, Or Suburban Hell, Thy Name Is Anaheim Hills

I went exploring last night. It was Mardi Gras, I'm giving up deep-fried food for Lent, and I wanted fish (more specifically, shrimp) tacos. Rather than drive to La Habra, I decided to check out Señor Baja in Anaheim Hills, at 701 S. Weir Canyon Rd.

First, let me just say this: there is nothing in Anaheim Hills. I passed two plazas, and on the way home down Serrano and Taft, absolutely nothing else until I got to Tustin Avenue (where there's a Polish deli I need to check out). I mean NOTHING else. Maybe I'm missing something. If there's some culinary gem of Anaheim Hills or Villa Park I'm missing, please let me know!

Then there was the problem of the street signage. 701 S. Weir Canyon Rd. is in the same plaza as Ralphs. The street signs, however, identify it as the 500 block of S. Weir Canyon. It's not like the mistake is that bad -- right at about the 700 block (as marked), the road ends and you have to make a U-turn, but it's annoying. It's also a bit incongruous that a great fish taco stand is in a completely sanitised suburban minimall literally a stone's throw from the 241 toll road.

The shrimp are TBE (Tacos Baja Ensenada)-style rather than ETN (El Taco Nazo)-style (meaning a bunch of individually deep-fried smooth-battered medium shrimp, rather than one tempura-style prawn), but they were daaaaaaamn tasty. The tortillas they had held up better than the ones at TBE, and the crema was the same kind as ETN uses. Hot, wonderful, hit the spot.

I'm still an ETN fan... but given that (91 traffic notwithstanding) it's closer, I may end up at Señor Baja more often. They certainly have more stands, including what may be the only food worth having in Hemet (on Florida Avenue).

Definitely worth a try -- especially if you have to escape the horror that is the 91 near the Orange/Riverside county line.

701 S. Weir Canyon Rd. #107
Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
714-974-8760

14343 Ramona Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
626-338-6420

14351 Clark Ave.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-866-2243

3908 Grand Ave. #A
Chino, CA 91710
909-902-5110

5250 Philadelphia St. #P
Chino, CA 91710
909-590-7664

14676 Pipeline Ave. #G
Chino Hills, CA 91709
909-606-2100

832 N. Glendora Ave.
Covina, CA 91724
626-332-0373

8339 E. Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
562-861-4773

2437 W. Florida Ave.
Hemet, CA 92545
951-765-1144

18013 Valley Blvd.
Industry, CA 91744
626-810-6145

11833 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
562-929-6861

8713 Washington Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
562-949-5200

320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91767
909-593-9926

8865 Foothill Blvd. #103
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909-989-0468

635 E. Bonita Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-3712

13210 E. Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-777-0991

26491 Ynez Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
951-296-2163

1620 Foothill Blvd. #B
Upland, CA 91786
909-946-2848

356 S. Glendora Ave.
West Covina, CA 91790
626-917-8182

http://www.senorbajarestaurant.com

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  1. Nothing in Anaheim Hills? Have you checked out Rosine's? They have some great meditterreanean food!

    721 S. Weir Canyon Rd (at Santa Ana Canyon Rd)
    Anaheim Hills, CA 92808

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    1. re: OCAnn

      See, this is why I'm confused. How can 721 S. Weir Canyon Rd. be half a mile NORTH of 701 S. Weir Canyon Rd.??

      No, I haven't tried it -- but I will!

    2. Love these posts on your Fish Taco Quest. BTW, inspired by it, I went back to my old haunt of El TacoNazo in Chino Hills, on Pipeline (you have it listed) only to discover that it has morphed into Senor Baja. But even more suprising is that their Tacos (shrimp and fish) are just as good (maybe even better since I was starving) than before. The style is actually as you described, individually battered popcorn-like shrimp, but that was the way this ETN did it before as well. Fish taco was similarly awesome. The best part was the diced into cubes cucumbers steeped in hot sauce, man, what an invention!

      http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

      1. I can vouch for Rosine's-it's good. Great side dishes.

        Yve's Bistro is also worth mentioning.

        Senor Baja's in Anaheim (there's technically no such thing as Anaheim Hills) on Weir Canyon is good but I tend to lean towards the fish tacos as the shrimp can be inconsistent at that location.

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        1. re: StivKaye

          Right, technically no such thing as Anaheim Hills, but Anaheim (92801 through 92806) is as different to Anaheim Hills (92807 and 92808) as... hm... Irvine and Westminster.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Yup. You're point is well taken. The Santa Ana Canyon Rd/Weir Canyon vicinity and the Harbor Blvd./Ball Rd vicinity are like night and day.

          2. re: StivKaye

            I'll third Rosine's as really really good rotissierie chicken, and the garlic sauce is great too. I think it's juicier than Zankou's chicken, although it's pricier to match.

            Also in the same plaza is First Class pizza (at least, I hope it's still there). Their lunch special of a mini-pizza with salad and a drink is great.

          3. I'll fourth Rosines. You can check out my blog link off my profile for more. All about the rotisserie chicken. Sooooooo frakkin' good.

            Oh, and for the love of the game, TELL them to open another OC Senor Baja location. Lake Forest seems to be the king of chains....

            1. Rosines is the spot but so is Hibachi and Toms on Lakeview and La Palma

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              1. re: irishkevbo

                Yes, Hibachi! We used to eat there a lot when I worked in the area. Like a poor man's Benihana. IMHO, I think Bari Bari, another teppan place across town, was the better value.