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Mar 8, 2008 05:07 PM

Fish tacos for a Canadian staying in Pasadena?

What do you suggest? I'll be staying near Old Pasadena for a couple of days, and I won't have access to a car (or a whole day to go exploring). What's the current status of Tonny's, La Estrella (at Foothill and Altadena), and Senor Fish in South Pasadena?

I'd love to try anything from a taqueria (we are sorely lacking good Mexican food up here), but I'm especially searching for a solid fish taco.


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  1. The fish tacos are very good at that particular La Estrella location (I haven't been to others) but the real star is their shrimp taco, as far as I'm concerned. Get one of each!

    There might be public transportation that could take you to or close to La Estrella. Check out the Pasadena ARTS shuttle.

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      It's been years, but I remember them being amazing, as you say. A whole different animal than the "Ensenada" kind, which you'll find in many a coastal city in Mexico these days. La Estrella's are huge (like palm size), double that of their regular tacos. They come w/ cabbage, sour cream and that crazy red salsa. Available at all La Estrella locations (except trucks).

    2. I have tried a variety of tacos at the Senor Fish in S. Pas, and they were all good. The small salsa bar in the corner is also decent. The inside of the restaurant is very plain, and the restaurant is in a mini mall across the street from the South Pas Trader Joe's. I have tried the shrimp tacos (breaded and grilled) and their scallop tacos.

      The Senor Fish in Eagle Rock has a more interesting looking building because the restaurant looks like a fish shack on the outside. There is also a downtown and an Alhambra location, but I haven't tried those.

      Senor Fish Website

      You can take the Metro Gold Line to Pas, S. Pas, and downtown and also connect to other lines in LA, since you have no car. For more info, see below.

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      1. re: katkoupai

        second on senor fish and the suggestion to just take the gold line.

        if you're in old town, just get on at memorial park headed towards union station, get off at mission and walk west down mission for .3 miles

      2. Not a taqueria by any means, but Wahoo's makes a fine fish taco.

        On Lake, just south of Colorado Blvd.

        Wahoo's Fish Taco
        264 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

        1. I would definitely second the Eagle Rock location Senor Fish - very good Ensenada style fish tacos - try the scallop ones. Also they have a wonderful seafood quesadilla - and the outdoors area is really fun with the lovely weather we are having.

          1. Thanks for the recs everyone! I'll let you know how things turn out!