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Best Fish or Shrimp Tacos in town

mr baja Feb 20, 2011 08:38 PM

I'm from Baja, after 2 years in Cali I miss the Fish tacos from there. Who has the best Fish or Shrimp tacos in town.

  1. PaulF Aug 12, 2011 12:29 PM

    It's sort of baffling that in Los Angeles, there are so few places that make a great fish taco.

    Considering how close we live to Ensenada, you'd think that we'd have developed a communal taste for them long ago and demand would lead to a great fish tacos being commonplace -- but they aren't.

    There are even two fast food chains dedicated to fish tacos around -- and neither of them do them very well IMO.

    It's a drag for me -- the two places most commonly noted for Baja Fish Tacos on CH are nowhere near my neighborhood.

    Maybe I should learn to make them and open a stand in MDR or Culver City?

    Ensenada Restaurant
    517 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Baja Fish Tacos
    30242 Crown Valley Pkwy Ste B5, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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      madcao Aug 11, 2011 09:31 PM

      Ricky posted today on Twitter that he's doing a Baja Tacos Night on September 10, 2011. Keep an eye on http://twitter.com/rickysfishtacos for the details. I wish I could go - he has special lobster tacos that I love - but I'll be out of town. Enjoy the lobster tacos for me! I think they're $5 and they're HUGE.

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      1. re: madcao
        vinosnob Aug 12, 2011 09:14 AM

        What kind of fish does Ricky use?

        I went to "Best Fish Taco Ensenada" in Silver Lake yesterday. Tacos are extremely fresh (fried to order), but the overall they were just good, not great.

        1. re: vinosnob
          madcao Aug 12, 2011 09:17 AM

          He uses basa. He talks about his tacos in an LA Weekly article - look at the second post.


          1. re: madcao
            vinosnob Aug 12, 2011 09:32 AM

            Thanks for the links!

            1. re: madcao
              TonyC Aug 12, 2011 02:27 PM

              basa is another word for cheap imported Vietnamese catfish, yes? It's better than frozen tilapia I s'pose.

              1. re: TonyC
                vinosnob Aug 12, 2011 04:35 PM

                Yea, there's controversy surrounding the farming practices of basa and similar farm-raised fish from the Mekong. Hard to know what is fact or fiction since there's a lot of $$ at stake for fisherman in the US and Vietnam.

          2. re: madcao
            ns1 Aug 12, 2011 09:43 AM

            i did not particularly enjoy the lobster tacos when i had them, and def not at the price ($7). Although it was a good value - I mean it is half a lobster tail per taco...

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            penguinfoodie Aug 11, 2011 06:53 PM

            baja ensenada fish taco....

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              Clyde Aug 11, 2011 04:41 PM

              I've not tried Ricky's (YET) but I love the fish/shrimp tacos at Atwater Village Farmers Market. We get em every Sunday for breakfast!

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                madcao Feb 20, 2011 08:44 PM

                Ricky's Fish Tacos!


                Here's a previous thread by the "Taco Task Force"

                Ricky's Fish Tacos
                1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                1. re: madcao
                  wienermobile Aug 11, 2011 04:23 PM

                  Finally made it to Ricky's Fish Tacos today for the first time and boy was that a great taco. Had the shrimp taco and the fish taco and both were so tasty but the fish taco wins for being so fresh, moist and crunchy all at the same time. Very generous on the fish. Great salsas too. We got there around 2pm, an off time so there was no wait. My son and I had 3 tacos each and drinks for around $20. Amazingly good and highly recommended. Worth the drive from the South Bay.

                  Ricky's Fish Tacos
                  1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  1. re: wienermobile
                    wienermobile Aug 13, 2011 02:34 PM

                    Photo of a Ricky's fish taco...I want more fish tacos!

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