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Any good fish tacos in LA??

TailbackU Jul 19, 2007 03:29 PM

Best fish tacos I've ever had was in a small hole in the wall joint in Cabo San Lucas. I'm looking for fish tacos that use the battered fried fish instead of the grilled fish. Haven't had too much luck finding really excellent fish tacos in LA (and by LA, i don't mean Long Beach, Torrance, El Monte, etc...)

Closest thing I've had to the cabo fish tacos around here was Las Estrellas in Pasadena, but even that's too far for me to go just for fish tacos.

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    Raymondo Aug 11, 2007 07:48 AM

    Hole Mole in Long Beach - pretty good and a real bargain. Couple of locations.

    1. mrshankly Aug 10, 2007 06:47 PM

      I'm not a big fish taco aficionado, but you can try Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Pasadena or Brentwood. It's more of Hawaiian twist than Mexican but it's worth a try.

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        pamm5959 Aug 10, 2007 12:55 PM

        If you're on the westside there's a small taco place (sorry can't remember the name) in Santa Monica on Main street near Ocean Park Blvd. They have the crispy fried fish tacos and they are pretty authentic. Rubios Tacos is always a good quick fix. Marisco De Reyes in Montebello on Whittier Blvd is great if you're in that part of town.

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          Servorg Aug 10, 2007 01:02 PM

          Are you thinking of Holy Guacamole?

          2906 Main St., Santa Monica

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          Ernie Jul 20, 2007 10:10 AM

          Baja Fish in San Pedro is good

          Baja Fish
          611 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

          1. Normal Garciaparra Jul 19, 2007 10:57 PM

            Locally, Senor Fish or El Siete Mares in Silver Lake (the stand not the sitdown restauarant next door). But they make shrimp tacos which are good too. But don't bother with their ceviche, it's a nasty, watery and gross mess.

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              badschiraldi Jul 19, 2007 11:18 PM

              Siete Mares is a very fine neighborhood standby. I think that their calamar tacos are better than the shrimp or fish - but you have to get lucky and not get the battery dregs. I've had 3 and 2 have been amazing. I'm pretty excited about trying the new place on Hillhurst though.

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                TailbackU Jul 20, 2007 11:52 AM

                I've tried El Siete Mares 3 times. And while it's decent, it's still lacking in taste. Maybe their shrimp or calamari is better.

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                waterisgood Jul 19, 2007 04:33 PM

                My favorite beer-battered fish tacos are at Duke's in Malibu on PCH. On Tuesdays, each are $2! Really big pieces of fish that aren't too greasy, fresh vegetables, perfect~

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                  2ndAvenue Jul 19, 2007 04:46 PM

                  On the high end, try Ciudad.

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                  refilms Jul 19, 2007 03:40 PM

                  my favourite has to be Senor Fish. There is one downtown and one in Glendale. they are crazy good\

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                    TailbackU Jul 19, 2007 04:23 PM

                    do you know where the one in Glendale is??

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                      rickym13 Jul 19, 2007 04:33 PM

                      taco nazo hands down

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                        TailbackU Jul 19, 2007 04:35 PM

                        where's taco nazo?

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                          rickym13 Jul 19, 2007 04:37 PM

                          few locations


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                            koshie Jul 19, 2007 11:05 PM

                            I second taco nazo but they changed their name to Senor Baja

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                              Joe Blowe Jul 20, 2007 10:23 AM

                              "I second taco nazo but they changed their name to Senor Baja."

                              No, there was a family spat and they split up the locations. There are now two distinct chains...


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                                Das Ubergeek Aug 10, 2007 02:23 PM

                                ...with different recipes for the fish. El Taco Nazo is a lighter batter, more like tempura. Senor Baja is a deep brown batter and it's smooth, not craggy like tempura.

                                I like ETN a little better... but either will do in a pinch.

                      2. re: TailbackU
                        Chowpatty Jul 19, 2007 04:43 PM

                        It's actually in Eagle Rock.

                        Senor Fish
                        4803 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                          TailbackU Jul 19, 2007 10:29 PM


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                      ebethsdad Jul 19, 2007 03:40 PM

                      I am quite fond of Senor Fish. They do two types of battered fish tacos, regular and Ensenada style (with guacamole), as well as battered shrimp and scallop tacos. They have several locations, downtown at 1st and Alameda, and in South Pasadena on Mission St.

                      1. Servorg Jul 19, 2007 03:39 PM

                        Recent good report on a place in the Silverlake area:

                        Best Fish Taco in Ensenada (the actual name of the place)
                        1650 Hillhurst Ave. 90027

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                          Servorg Jul 19, 2007 03:44 PM

                          And of course the all time favorite here: Tacos Baja Ensenada.

                          Tacos Baja Ensenada
                          (323) 887-1980
                          5385 Whittier Blvd
                          Los Angeles, California 90022

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                            TailbackU Jul 19, 2007 04:24 PM

                            Sweet! I'm going to have to try this place. I live right around the corner

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                              EatinThePizzaNaked Jul 19, 2007 04:41 PM

                              Do you know the hours for this place? Whenever I've gone by it's been closed.

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                                DanaB Jul 19, 2007 04:44 PM

                                Chowpatty's report said 11-7ish:


                                I may have to do a drive-by tonight on my way home from work to see if they are open!

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                                  Chowpatty Jul 19, 2007 04:47 PM

                                  If you're asking for the hours for Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, it just opened, so they are still getting things going. He said that he plans to open 7 days a week 11-7 and is considering opening later at night for when the clubs get out. I don't know if they have a phone yet...
                                  Also, it's worth noting that this is a slightly different style -- the breading is very minimal compared to Senor Fish -- which seems like a good thing to me, but YMMV.

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                                    EatinThePizzaNaked Jul 19, 2007 04:55 PM

                                    awesome. thanks.

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                                  Normal Garciaparra Jul 19, 2007 11:01 PM

                                  Thanks, that's nearby and I never tried that. But it's actually Los Feliz, not Silver Lake.

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