A Boston hound's LA roundup: LAX Tacos, Mi Casa, Dolly's Donuts and Cookies, Tacos Baja Ensenada, Octopus Sushi Bar, Pann's, Wahoo Fish Tacos
Hi LA hounds,
Thanks for making this board such a terrific chow resource. Had a great trip to LA, made all the better by the recs I found here. Quick recaps:
LAX Tacos (Inglewood) - pretty good asada tacos (meat was a little bland and greasy, but still solid enough), excellent breakfast burrito (especially the fresh-made hash browns), but the star here was the churro with cajeta, one of the best I've had in years.
Mi Casa (Orange)- a lot of love and care has clearly gone into this place. Fun bric-a-brac decor, all food made-to-order. Asada tacos were pretty good, huevos rancheros were fine. The fresh-made hash browns were ridiculously excellent; the guy actually grabbed a potato and a grater to make them from scratch.
Dolly's Donuts and Cookies (Orange) - great breakfast find. I'll quibble that I didn't like their choice of jelly for the jelly donut (a little too smooth and processed for my taste), but the donuts themselves were amazing. Supernaturally light and as close to melt-in-your-mouth as I can remember having.
Tacos Baja Ensenada (East LA) - Oh. My. God. The unequivocal chow champion of the trip. If there are better fish tacos in the known universe, I want to know about 'em. Perfectly crispy, golden brown batter surrounding clean-tasting, tender white fish, remarkably good sauce and fresh toppings, and great corn tortillas with a bitter, earthy little kick to them. And at under two bucks a taco, what's not to love?
Octopus Sushi Bar (Manhattan Beach) - great by Boston standards, good by LA standards, an enjoyable dinner either way. The rice was a little firm for my taste, but nothing abhorrent. Highlights: amazing warm ohitashi, freshwater eel. The softshell crab in the spider maki was outstanding, but the tempura batter seemed a little heavy.
Pann's (Inglewood?) - very respectable breakfast. Waffle had a nice light texture, omelet with green chili was just right. But I absolutely loved the drop biscuit, perfect texture and a real depth of flavor.
Wahoo Fish Tacos (Manhattan Beach) - minor letdown after TBE, but still a good showing. Tried both a regular and a spicy fish taco, probably nominally preferred the former. Notably good pico de gallo, complete with a good little bite from some fresh jalapeño.
Thanks once more for all your great recs! Can't wait to get back and eat my way through another visit.