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Jul 30, 2010 11:54 AM

Best Fish Tacos in Pasadena

What are the very best fish tacos in Pasadena? I'm open to anything from trucks on the side of the road to chains to upscale dining!

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  1. I happen to like those at La Estrella - various locations.

    La Estrella Restaurant
    330 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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    1. re: WildSwede

      You recently recommended the ones at El Metate, too!

      El Metate
      12 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

      1. re: Peripatetic

        Oh yeah, thanks! I am slightly brain-dead today. They are two different animals but both are really good!! ;-)

    2. The fish tacos at Dona Rosa are decent. Especially with some of their habanero salsa added.

      Dona Rosa Bakery & Taqueria
      577 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105

      1. Call me crazy, but I like Wahoo's.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I actually like Rubio's... for "high end" fish tacos, I like the swordfish tacos at Le Grande Orange

          1. re: crystaw

            Read Anthony Bourdain's book "Kitchen Confidential" and you will never eat swordfish again.

            1. re: Kevitivity

              Work in a kitchen and you may never eat at a restaurant again.

              Bourdain sheds nothing new in either of his books about food prep, or the supposed queasiness of food prep.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I think wahoo's has a much better product than Rubio's, and can hold its own against many other competitors in the region.
            But you must eat it hot, don't let it get cold by taking it away, etc.

          3. I like Senor Fish in South Pasadena, plus a few others. Used to always get their shrimp burritos, but like their scallop tacos too.

            1. If you're willing to venture a bit east of Pasadena, the new-ish Tacos Ensenada on Huntington in Duarte has mind-bendingly good fish (and shrimp) tacos. It's now my go-to place for fish tacos in the Pasadena/SGV area.

              (To be fair, though, it's about as far to the east of central Pasadena as East LA is to the southwest, so ... your mileage may vary, in more ways than one)