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Jul 19, 2007 03:29 PM

Any good fish tacos in LA??

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Servorg

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

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

      1. re: Servorg

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

        1. re: Servorg

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

          1. re: EatinThePizzaNaked

            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!

            1. re: EatinThePizzaNaked

              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.

            2. re: Servorg

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

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

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                1. re: refilms

                  do you know where the one in Glendale is??

                        1. re: rickym13

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

                          1. re: koshie

                            "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...


                            1. re: Joe Blowe

                              ...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.

                    1. re: TailbackU

                      It's actually in Eagle Rock.

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

                  1. 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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                    1. 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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                      1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                        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.

                        1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                          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.