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My favorite fish taco; whats' yours?

nrique May 21, 2006 03:58 AM

Taco Nazo which is now Senior Baja.

The fish has to be the freshest I have tasted at any joint. Everything is fresh but what gives it that extra flavor is the suace. I have no idea what how they make it but it compliments the fish perfectly!

What's your favorite place?

(lets not make this a my place is better than your place, just state your fav. joint and why. Then we can all take our time and try each others favorite joints!)

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    Allison RE: nrique May 21, 2006 10:08 AM

    I routinely check this blog for taco spots.

    Link: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/

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      alex RE: nrique May 21, 2006 11:07 AM

      i have to most humbly agree....thank the Lord thay have an outpost in temecula.

      i think they use talapia....i have seen the spinal area of the fish unlike fishstick places.

      i like the roasted yellow jalapenos and pickled red onion as well

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        Mike RE: nrique May 21, 2006 12:39 PM

        Where is this location?

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          JB RE: nrique May 21, 2006 12:46 PM

          El Siete Mares on Ceasar Chavez in E. LA. I really like the batter. If you will, these are manly fish tacos in comparison to Baja Esenada whose fish tacos are more delicate.

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            Joe B. RE: nrique May 21, 2006 01:47 PM

            "Taco Nazo which is now Senior [sic] Baja."

            It's a little more complicated than that. There are a few factions within the family that are splitting off from the original chain.

            As far as I can tell, there is 'El Taco-Nazo', 'Taco Nazo', and now 'Senor Baja'.

            Quality definitely varies from location to location, with my last visit to the Valley Blvd. (La Puente) location sucking hard. The Garvey Ave. (S. El Monte) location was very good on my last visit, but that was over a year ago, so who knows what it's like now...

            For me, the best (and most consistent) fish taco at this point in time is at Tacos Baja Ensenada. Hands down.

            Link: http://www.taconazo.com/

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              David Kahn RE: Joe B. May 21, 2006 03:10 PM

              Agree. TBE is the best I've had. (Russkar, btw, swears by a place called Amapola Mexican Grill (7414 Florence Ave., in Downey, (562) 806-7181), which I myself have yet to try.)

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                snooze button RE: David Kahn May 22, 2006 05:56 PM

                I had 2 baja tacos yesterday and was a happy camper.

                Oh, and I added some of that hot sauce that has lime in it... omg... so good.

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              David Kahn RE: nrique May 21, 2006 03:34 PM

              Pray tell, does Senior Baja have an address?

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                nrique RE: David Kahn May 22, 2006 01:45 AM

                I know of two: One on Washington Blvd. just east of Rosemead in Pico Rivera. It's in this mini mall across the street from the big mall. (if that helps)

                The other joint is in Ontario.

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                Das Ubergeek RE: nrique May 21, 2006 11:07 PM

                I haven't been in a while because I no longer live or work out there, but El Taco Nazo (which I think is still called that, but not sure) on Garvey just east of Rosemead Blvd. in South El Monte is my absolute favourite -- and it's totally all about those roasted salt-and-pepper-and-lime yellow jalapeños.

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                  Like-Go-Eat? RE: nrique May 21, 2006 11:11 PM

                  I have two places in SGV. El Jacal will make grilled or battered fish and shrimp tacos. This is more a sit down place that starts with free chips and salsa -- very good (see the link below for my first post). I like the bredded fish and shrimp. Just something special about the clean crunch. But I also like the grilled and really should eat that more. They offer about six different shrimp styles. Try them all with some beer -- stay a while and enjoy.

                  At Tacos La Bufadora they make deep fried fish and shrimp tacos. You can stay and eat also but this is more a fast food ambaince. I noticed on Friday that they just opened location number 4 in Paris, CA. I go to the locations in El Monte and Irindale. On Wed. the fish tacos are $1.00 each. IMO the best deal in L.A. for lunch. But still I only get one because I like the shrimp taco a little more -- $1.85? So good!

                  I eat at El Jacal maybe two or three times a week beginning with breakfast but also lunch. I eat at La Bufadora at least once a week. Both places are have Fresh food and very good people working there.

                  El Jacal (Fish, Shrimp, Asada -- Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
                  13414 Ramona Blvd
                  Baldwin Park, CA 91706-3902
                  (626) 813-4419
                  Open 7 days, 8am to 9pm.

                  Tacos la Bufadora (Menudo on the weekends, Deep Fried Fish and Shrimp. Try Shrimp Burrito with NO rice & beans request only the taco ingredients – $4.99 WOW! , also Asada)
                  10990 Lower Azusa Rd
                  El Monte, CA 91731
                  (626) 575-7174
                  Just West of Santa Anita.

                  Link: http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/redir?sr...

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                    Reality Check RE: nrique May 21, 2006 11:42 PM

                    The review of the San Dimas location says fish tacos are 99 cents on Wednesdays.

                    Link: http://thenewdiner.blogspot.com/2005/...

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                      kotatsu RE: nrique May 22, 2006 12:48 PM

                      I feel obligated to post because this board directed me to my current favorite place for fish tacos, & not yet mentioned. La Estrella, at the corner of Fair Oaks and Villa, slightly north of 210 fwy in the Pasadena/Altadena area, makes excellent fish tacos. Big mounds of fish on corn tortillas, cabbage and a creamy sauce. It's so big that I have to eat a little bit with a fork before picking it up to eat properly. They have done some remodeling so that you can eat there, but I usually get mine to go.

                      Thanks WildSwede!

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                        ciaolette RE: nrique May 22, 2006 03:32 PM

                        I admit, I really liked Senor Fish before it slipped downhill to an unrepentant C. Now I don't have a fav, but am looking. I have eaten fish tacos in Ensenada, at both the street stands, and at the harbour, so I do know authentic, for what it's worth.
                        We tried TBE, Tacos Baja Ensenada finally, and it was very good, my rating would be a 90 of out of 11. It is full of happy eaters polishing off seafood cocktails and tacos. If you sit outside at the counter on a Sunday afernoon, you can watch both the cooks prep the food, assembly line of taco's, batter dipping the fish, frying up whole snappers and serving up steaming bowls of fish soup , AND watch the parade of classic lowrider cars cruising Whittier Blvd, a true LA artform.
                        My qualm is the batter, it is really greasy. Not that fried fish is ever perfectly greaseless, but this was more oil soaked than crispy....
                        I am looking forward to trying Estrella....

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                          ciaolette RE: ciaolette May 22, 2006 03:33 PM

                          I meant 90 out of 100...duh.... sorry for the typo...

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                            Joe B. RE: ciaolette May 22, 2006 07:55 PM

                            Oh, I thought it was an over-the-top Spinal Tap reference!

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                            Will Owen RE: ciaolette Dec 29, 2006 03:36 AM

                            As a C rating is 20 notches above what my own kitchen would get after an all-out cleaning (and probably yours, too), I see no reason to allow that to deter my patronage. I continue to enjoy Señor Fish whenever I can, though I've had some much more stunning fish tacos elsewhere. Unfortunately, both of those elsewheres were down in the San Diego area...

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                            Allen RE: nrique May 22, 2006 04:54 PM

                            Tacos Baja Ensenada is my fav. Especially the 99c fish tacos on Wednesdays. They're only $1.35 every other day and very good.

                            Plus great cevechi tostadas for $1.60 and seafood cocktails very cheap.

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                              fans RE: nrique May 22, 2006 08:15 PM

                              El Carmen- great fish tacos, great margs, great bar...

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                                Oruiz RE: nrique Dec 28, 2006 06:19 PM

                                Senior Baja has the best fish and Shrimp tacos. Try them on Wednesday's for only $1.00 each!

                                1. Mr Taster RE: nrique Dec 28, 2006 07:15 PM

                                  What I'm curious to know is this...

                                  How many people have had the transcendent fish tacos at the little roadside stand called "Phoenix" or some such thing in Ensenada, Mexico? You eat until you don't want anymore, then you pay on the honor system. Those are by far the best fish tacos I've ever had.... somehow they managed to stay amazingly crispy even minutes later after having all that crema and lime juice on top. It seems that even the best fish tacos in LA become soggy after seconds.

                                  For those who have had truly transcendent fish tacos in Ensenada, where would you recommend in LA? I admit, even the widely acknowledged best ones in LA don't come close (i.e. Maria's in Grand Central Market, Tacos Baja Ensenada in East LA)

                                  Mr Taster

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                                    Cinnamon RE: Cosmo M Dec 30, 2006 03:59 PM

                                    I love this kind of recommendation.

                                    1. AtetotheBar RE: nrique Dec 28, 2006 09:39 PM

                                      Sigh. Senor Fish is a "C"? Are we talking the one on Mission in South Pasadena? That place introduced me to the fabulous fish taco and will always hold a special place in my heart.

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                                        Dommy RE: AtetotheBar Dec 28, 2006 10:46 PM

                                        I dunno about the pasadena one, but the one in Little Tokyo always as a C... But always go and haven't sprouted warts just yet! ;)


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                                          Will Owen RE: Dommy Dec 29, 2006 03:40 AM

                                          And if you did, what's a wart anyway?

                                          Good for you, Dommy. I have yet to try that particular Señor Fish just because of the problematical parking, but now you've inspired me to make the effort.

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                                            Dommy RE: Will Owen Dec 29, 2006 05:34 PM

                                            Parking is a pain in the @$$ there, especially since the area is getting more populated and more popular... But I usually find parking a few blocks away near the temple and the old condos.


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                                              AtetotheBar RE: Dommy Dec 30, 2006 01:19 AM

                                              Maybe try the South Pasadena one too and let us know how they compare. Parking's not bad there and I'm pretty sure they weren't a "C" last time I was there (October). The fish tacos were an "A."

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                                                Michelle RE: AtetotheBar Dec 30, 2006 04:45 PM

                                                Senor Fish is absolutely my favorite fish taco. Don't forget the (relatively) new location in Duarte, on Mountain Ave, next to the Walmart...

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                                        charliep RE: nrique Dec 28, 2006 10:04 PM

                                        Bloom which is on Pico is pretty good for grilled tacos. Very basic and fresh with cabbage and fesh salsa. tacos baja ensenada is great but sometimes a bit too far of a drive for me.

                                        1. Skunk2Racer RE: nrique Dec 29, 2006 03:10 AM

                                          Not exactly Fish Tacos But The Shrimp Enchilidas at THE TALPA on pico in West Los Angeles. Rolled shrimp with A Chili Verde Sauce......

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                                            BabyDaddy RE: nrique Dec 29, 2006 03:25 AM

                                            Las Cotijas in Tusin...thanks to the Chowhounds. It does not disappoint!

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