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Nov 23, 2009 05:41 PM

Southern CA lack of Baja-quality Mexican - a philosophical question

On multiple occasions, I've read discussions on these boards which bemoan the fact that Southern CA lacks places which serve Mexican food which has the unique qualities often/occasionally found in Baja - especially Tijuana. Hopefully, I'm not mis-characterizing people's views.

In any case, to the extent this is true, what accounts for it? Southern CA has such a large population base that its difficult to understand why it wouldn't support such places.

Any ideas?

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    1. Check out Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
      1650 Hillhurst Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90027-5532
      (323) 466-5552

      The menu:
      fish tacos $1.50
      shrimp tacos $2.00
      sodas 1.00


      2 Replies
      1. re: monku

        I felt like I was in Baja there.

        1. re: monku

          I would counter that by suggesting Ricky at Ricky's Fish Tacos over in the Sunset Junction for Ensenada style tacos.

          He's only open on the weekends and has a small cart for now, but they're the best I've ever had.

          You can follow him on Twitter. http://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos

          Rumor has it a food truck will be in his future... come spring time.

        2. Help has arrived
          Javier Cabral, the Teenage Glutster, found some trucks that do deep fried buches(chicken), and although it's not in his report, he told me they called their buches Tijuana style.I then told him about the iconic Kentucky Fried Buches in Tijuana.
          LA version
          The Original Kentucky Fried Buches

          El Paisita in Lynwood, serves Tijuana style beef birria tacos.
          10350 Long Beach Blvd, Lynwood, CA 90262
          It's a stand across the street from El Paisa, a Sinaloan seafood joint

          You have a palace of Baja cuisine in Bonita,CA, with the US branch of the Tijuana based Saverios empire, Romesco.

          Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista is from a Tijuana based barbacoa master.

          Tijuana carne asada taco legend El Poblano is in the San Diego area, too, as many Tijuana and Baja based restauranteurs have crossed the border.

          For Ensenada style fish tacos, I would recommend Ricky's Fish Tacos,

          I would also hit up Tacos Baja in on Whittier Bl.
          5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
          (323) 887-1980

          Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada is also a great fish taco, only thing that is very non-Baja are the mango based salsas, and general lack of a quality salsa bar. Very La Salsa like, but the fish taco itself is tasty at BFTIE.

          The simple answer is the lack of a substantial Baja immigrant presence, but do enjoy these very Baja foods here.