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Jul 7, 2009 04:06 AM

Baja Fish Tacos, Long John Silvers-good?

I live in Connecticut and keep seeing some LJS commercials for Baja Fish tacos. I pulled up their website and they appear to be available at the current time but yesterday I drove to my local LJS and asked (at the DriveThru) "do you have Baja Fish Tacos" and the girl simply said "no."
Does anyone know if these are any good? I've never had their food but I love fish tacos and since we're not SoCal up here in New England, they're kind of a rarity.

Also does anyone know what the LJS "famous crumblies" are? They're mentioned in the description for the taco but they're a mystery to me.

Is anything good there? I'm curious.

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  1. i can't speak about the ljs fish tacos, but i'm not impressed by their fish. others like it for a fix. however, i think the "crumblies" are the tiny bits of batter that fall off the product and lodge in the bottom of the fry basket. ;-)).

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    1. re: alkapal

      I was afraid someone would say that about the "crumblies".
      Yeah, I'm generally not one for chain-fried fish stuff but after visiting places like Rubios and Wahoo Fish Tacos in San Diego, I've longed for a decent fish taco in my area. We have a couple of sit-down Mexican restaurants near me that do serve halfway decent fish tacos but this commercial for LJS has lured me in (not meant to be punny!).

      1. re: masha bousha

        It's not so much that LJS is selling fish tacos that bothers me, but the fact they are going out of their way to say they're "weird".

        1. re: masha bousha

          I have not had one, but from what I see on the commercial, it is simply a piece of their fried fish, with the crumblies, some sauce, lettuce all put inside a tortilla. That doesn't sound like a baja fish taco to me! Shoot, I could probably do that at home for a cheaper price - not that I would, though!

      2. I remember when LJS came to Texas around 1980. I ate it a fair amount and thought the crumblies a marketing ploy and subterfuge to make you think you were getting more for your money. I got to where I stripped off the breading to eat a less greasy meal and then quit them entirely for healthier food. A fish taco might be an improvement.

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        1. re: Scargod

          If it weren't the same breaded fish.

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            Yep, otherwise it would be bread on bread and crumblies in there too! That would just be plain DUMB. They're probably doin' it.... (according to danhole, above)
            They ought to fry it again and make it a Chimichanga!

            1. re: Scargod

              When I saw the commercial the first thing that came to mind was they were trying to get rid of excess fried fish! Maybe people are going for the healthier grilled items these days. Then I doubted what I saw, so I looked it up. Here you go:


              Oh, scargod, don't give them any more dumb ideas, as far as a chimichanga - they are doing just dandy on their own!

              1. re: Scargod

                No, I meant it's not going to be any healthier, as it's the same breaded fish you avoid as opposed to those grilled fish entress they serve.

          2. First disclaimer: I've never had anything approaching an actual California fish taco, unless what they serve at my local BJ's Brewhouse (California based chain) in Ohio are reasonably authentic. Anyway, I had two of the LJS ones the other day. It's a soft flour tortilla with a piece of their regular breaded fish inside. One of the fish pieces seemed really small; I don't know if they use their standard size piece of not. There's some kind of slightly spicy, mayonnaise based sauce, a small amount of shredded lettuce--and maybe some cheese, I forget. That's it. I've gotten so I really hate fast food bread, so the tortilla was a welcome change. Plus the thing was convenient to eat. At 99 cents I thought it was okay, but I'm guessing that's a promotional price. Bottom line: nothing to get too worked up over.

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            1. re: Emm

              Thanks for the info. Perhaps they won't be offering them in New England.
              It's just that I do love the convenience of fast food but I'm not really a burger person, and there's very little chicken I'd eat from a fast food place (other than Popeyes) so this was a glimmer of fast food hope for me. (I do eat normal food 99% of the time).


              1. re: masha bousha

                i know. hope springs eternal, doesn't it (looking for really good fast food)?

                1. re: masha bousha

                  My husband is a LJS fan. I think he only goes for the crunchies though! So I have it once in awhile. I actually like the chicken planks from LJS, and the cole slaw. I tried the lobster bites once and wasn't too impressed. But masha, if you like chicken you should try their planks.

                  1. re: danhole

                    I complimented the LJS cole slaw years ago at the one I used to go to, and the manager told me it's just cabbage, a bit of carrot and Marzetti's slaw dressing. And reading the Marzetti's label, it's very straightforward ingredients, cane sugar (no HFCS), oil, vinegar, etc. Nothing that you couldn't get off the shelf at your local grocery.

                    1. re: weezycom

                      Thanks for the information. I love their slaw! And now I can make it at home!

                2. re: Emm

                  I just read a review in our paper about these fish tacos. They are one half the size of the regular fish pieces, and they will be a permanent item with the price at $1.00, so that isn't just a promotional price. The guy who writes this column likes them, but he is a fast food critic/junkie, so I don't always listen to his opinions!

                3. One thing is for sure. If LJS is selling fish tacos, then fish tacos, regrettably, have not only entered the mainstream, but have jumped the shark (pun unavoidable--sorry).