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FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

ipsedixit Sep 1, 2013 10:37 AM

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for September 2013 is Fried Fish.

Here's a link to the voting thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914603

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of fried fish as possible during the month of September. All iterations of fried fish are fair game – but if we can, folks, can we limit it to fish and not all seafood? It wouldn't be exactly fair since "fried seafood" was never nominated as a category, and to change mid-course during the voting round is a bit syncopic. I think it's a great category nonetheless and maybe we can have it for another month. Thanks a bunch for understanding.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Here's looking at you, Dirtywextraolives ... kevin and I are both looking forward to that martinin and some good home cooked meatballs!

Cheers!

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    kevin RE: ipsedixit Sep 3, 2013 02:18 PM

    Wow, no one has posted yet ?

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      ns1 RE: kevin Sep 3, 2013 02:39 PM

      I had some raw fish and fried seafood. Close, but not quite.

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        Porthos RE: kevin Sep 3, 2013 04:01 PM

        Those who voted for it should take the lead don't you think?

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          WildSwede RE: Porthos Sep 3, 2013 04:52 PM

          One would think!

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            Dirtywextraolives RE: Porthos Sep 3, 2013 07:06 PM

            Happy now, Porthos?! ;0)

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              Porthos RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 3, 2013 07:16 PM

              I'll contribute if you will! :-)

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: Porthos Sep 3, 2013 07:21 PM

                Doing my best, friend, doing my best..... Still have n/naka to look forward to next week, can't wait...... Not expecting any fried fish tho..... ;)

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                  Porthos RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 3, 2013 07:25 PM

                  Dish of the month should have been summer truffles! Doing Shunji end of the month for mom's b-day and requested the truffle rice. Could have been a pair to your abalone truffle pasta. ;)

                  Looking forward to your report!

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Porthos Sep 3, 2013 08:53 PM

                    Darn, what were we thinking?! ;0)

        2. WildSwede RE: ipsedixit Sep 3, 2013 04:52 PM

          I'll play -
          Fried whole fish at Merkato

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            maudies5 RE: WildSwede Sep 3, 2013 05:07 PM

            I didn't vote for fried fish because I never eat fried fish. I eat raw fish, broiled fish, steamed fish, poached fish, barbequed fish but never do I eat fried fish.

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              Ogawak RE: maudies5 Sep 4, 2013 08:02 AM

              Wow, not even the anago tempura at Otafuku? or Hannosuke?

              Eel is fish, FYI.

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                carter RE: maudies5 Sep 4, 2013 10:28 AM

                Well said.
                Just avoid fried fish.
                Why ruin fish with the frying process, whether in the San Gabriel valley (where it is frequently offered), or any other area where it is mostly served by those specializing in it, aka King's Head, Robin's Hood, and that British concept of "good food"?

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                  ns1 RE: carter Sep 4, 2013 12:06 PM

                  because fried fish is delicious. there is a textural contrast that you do not get when you steam, poach, or pan sear.

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                    Porthos RE: carter Sep 4, 2013 12:15 PM

                    Best fish dishes in SGV are live and steamed. The fried ones are cheap and not bad for $5.95 on lunch specials.

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                      ns1 RE: Porthos Sep 4, 2013 12:20 PM

                      not arguing there. fried fish is still delicious, and like you mentioned, cheap as hell.

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                        kevin RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 01:51 PM

                        i agree.

                        when done right, it is in fact pretty fucking delicious.

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                          Ciao Bob RE: kevin Sep 4, 2013 06:04 PM

                          Yes. Indeed Kevin. I just came back from Southern Louisiana where I had a might spectacular whole fried catfish at Middendorf's. An fried Grouper Collar(!) at Peche. Sadly, it was not in this La.

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                            Ciao Bob RE: kevin Sep 4, 2013 06:05 PM

                            Yes. Indeed Kevin. I just came back from Southern Louisiana where I had a might great whoole fried catfish at Middendorff's. Sadly, it was not in the La.

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                        ipsedixit RE: carter Sep 4, 2013 07:06 PM

                        You have no idea what you are talking about.

                        Most fried fish dishes are not found in the SGV.

                        And well fried fish can be delicious. If you've never had good fried fish, then I pity you.

                        And don't even get me started on Filet-O-Fish ...

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                          kevin RE: ipsedixit Sep 5, 2013 07:49 AM

                          Let's get started on fillet o fish.

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                    foufou RE: ipsedixit Sep 3, 2013 07:02 PM

                    Gus's in South Pasadena has excellent fried catfish..

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Sep 3, 2013 07:06 PM

                      Connie & Ted's has an excellent version of fish and chips, made with haddock, I believe....

                      1. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 07:44 AM

                        Hannosuke

                         
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                          foufou RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 07:51 AM

                          wow, that looks good!

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                            latindancer RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 08:20 AM

                            Yum.

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                              Porthos RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 08:22 AM

                              Weinermobile you tease! That picture is straight off the website!

                              Unfortunately the count is still 0 reports for the month ;-( *winky frown face*

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                                Xan7hos RE: wienermobile Sep 7, 2013 05:13 PM

                                Agree that the anago was perhaps the best fried item. It was crispy, and the fish was hot and was flavorful especially for a white fish. That being said some of the other items seemed like they spent too much time under a heat lamp, losing their crispiness. I did go around 4 o clock on a Saturday...was quite slow in the food court

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                                latindancer RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 08:20 AM

                                Still seeking out the best fish & chips anywhere in S Cal.
                                I'll get back when/if I find them.

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                                  foufou RE: latindancer Sep 4, 2013 08:45 AM

                                  looking forward to your report...

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                                    JAB RE: latindancer Sep 4, 2013 09:04 AM

                                    Dubliner 4 in Mission Viejo have really good F&C. I had them again on 08/31/13, short by a day for DOM.

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                                      wienermobile RE: latindancer Sep 4, 2013 10:05 AM

                                      I do like the fish & chips friday special at The Golden State on Fairfax

                                       
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                                        kevin RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 12:10 PM

                                        I concur.

                                        One of my absolute favorites.

                                        Too bad it's not a permanent part of their menu.

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                                        Savour RE: latindancer Sep 24, 2013 04:52 PM

                                        RIP Tom Bergin's.

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                                        jessejames RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 09:51 AM

                                        Anyone have a favorite "hood fish" spot -- ie the many fried fish places that dot south central LA? There's a Penguin Fish on Pico and Crestview (near Crescent Heights)...there are many more...ive had fish from several spots, usually breaded and fried...Penguin isn't terrific but they have a decent variety of fish and well it is fresh and fried and inexpensive.

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                                          Gingerleen RE: jessejames Sep 4, 2013 10:20 AM

                                          I too was going to suggest Penguin Fish on Pico!

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                                            jessejames RE: Gingerleen Sep 4, 2013 10:32 AM

                                            here's an article on Louisiana Best Seafood in the LBC

                                            http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/...

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                                              revets2 RE: jessejames Sep 14, 2013 11:43 PM

                                              Okay, I'll vote for Louisiana Best in Long Beach for best low brow fried fish.

                                              Tar & Roses for the best higher brow.

                                               
                                               
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                                                goldpackage RE: revets2 Oct 9, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                i do love tar and roses but feel the fish is more of a visual show piece than it is great tasting. looks damn good though and hard not to order.

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                                                  revets2 RE: goldpackage Oct 9, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                  We liked the flavor and texture so much, we ordered two in one sitting for a party of four. One of the four of us is a Michelin * chef, another chef not Michelin *, but darn good chef. Ordering another was chef #1's idea.

                                                  It was also very communal as we tore off pieces of fish with our hands. Sticky sauce though.

                                                  Maybe you had it on an off night.

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                                            Jase RE: jessejames Sep 4, 2013 08:36 PM

                                            Along the same lines of a neighborhood joint. I like Smitty's in Culver City, Venice and Washington corner. They do a pretty good fried catfish. Good fry job, crisp coating, tasty and inexpensive. Great on the go fish and chips meal.

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                                              Dommy RE: jessejames Sep 7, 2013 08:04 PM

                                              Mels is always good... they offer to fry Soft, Medium or Hard, so you get your fried fish just how you like it... Super moist. Nice and crisp or Golden.

                                              My favorite is King's Louisiana on MLK, right across the street from the Southwest LAPD station near Exposition Park (So you know its safe... LOL!). It's run by the SWEETEST Korean Lady (The locals call her Mama) and she fries her fish PERFECT, Golden Brown and her breading has just the right touch of spice! I order Tilapia from her by the Pound (personal preference). Her shrimp are also very popular.

                                              --Dommy!

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                                                jessejames RE: Dommy Sep 9, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                Jase and Dommy -- thanks for the tips

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                                              jessejames RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 09:52 AM

                                              For a whole fried fish, that catfish at Chinois is a crowd pleaser.

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                                                Thor123 RE: jessejames Sep 4, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                For sure, a classic.

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                                                Ernie RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                The amazing fried catfish at Shiro

                                                 
                                                1. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                  lol...extreme close up of mojarra at El Pescador

                                                  took one for the team for sure, bland but fried well

                                                  michelada was worth it though

                                                   
                                                   
                                                  1. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                    lol...extreme close up of mojarra at El Pescador

                                                    took one for the team for sure, bland but fried well

                                                     
                                                     
                                                    1. aching RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                      Here's our map!

                                                      https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=2...

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                                                        ns1 RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                        anyone got a rec for fried catfish Nola style?

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                                                          foufou RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                          the fried catfish at Gus's BarBQ in South Pasadena

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                                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                            See above.

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                                                              raizans RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                              flossie's! just had some last week. salty on its own, but great with some tartar sauce and hot sauce.

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                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                              Sooooo, went to Orleans & York deli on Slauson and had the fried catfish po boy. Even though I really wanted to try the oysters.....I denied myself the craving, just so I could post this all for you.... In the immortal words of kevin, it was fucking dope!

                                                              Okay, in my words: bread was fine, better than I anticipated. They give you a large portion of fried catfish fillets. Hot, crispy with no grease, delicious peppery breading on them, with some mayo, lettuce & tomato. They give you some of their house made hot sauce, and in the words of Dommy! it's as addictive as crack. Sandwich was huge, it was delicious and I ate the whole thing! Service was great too. Pleasant & efficient. Now I have a great go to spot when I need to go to Target. It's not super close, about 4.5 or so miles from the 405 exit, but best food in the area to me. Can't wait to try the oysters, shrimp & muffulettas. So, how ya like me now?!

                                                               
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                                                                ns1 RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                is that a cornmeal batter?

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                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                  I'm going to guess yes. It was very crispy, not bready or gummy, but not grainy either. I can ask them when I go back, which will be soon, as my husband's going to be quite excited to try this.

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                                                                    Dommy RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                    Nope, not corn meal... just super CRISP, non greasy and SO tasty!

                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                      ns1 RE: Dommy Sep 4, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                      that's what I thought - didn't look like cornmeal but I usually associate Orleans + catfish = cornmeal

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                                                                        Dommy RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                        I think we got into this in the original O&Y post... don't go in there expecting them to doing the whole authentic Orleans thing. This type of breading is what is most common in the local Fish Shacks. They are just going for an angle rather than being an authentic representation. Yes, it does seem a bit cynical of them, but luckily for us, they also are doing some real good cooking...

                                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                          Same here. But it works very well!

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: Dommy Sep 4, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                          Ah, okay. But you're so right, no grease at all! Delicious!

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                                                                        Dommy RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                        LOL! I have yet to pull the oyster bullet. I LOVE Fried Oysters... but I've had so many bad ones, I am gun shy...

                                                                        SO glad you like it. OMG that hot sauce... O&Y is only like 5 minutes away from my work... I actively have to AVOID it!

                                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                                          ns1 RE: Dommy Sep 4, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                          fried oyster sliders @ littlefork. $11/3. thank me later.

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                                                                            wienermobile RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                            Has anyone tried the fried oysters at Connie & Ted's?

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                                                                              kevin RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                              i wasn't a fan of those suckers, maybe the oysters were too small verging on the nonexistent.

                                                                              Did have a beautiful fuckin oyster po boy at harold and belle's a few weeks ago.

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                                                                                ns1 RE: kevin Sep 4, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                It's an oyster slider dude, it's like 2 bites per slider.

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                                                                                  kevin RE: ns1 Sep 4, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                  You're right.

                                                                                  I guess the ratio of oyster meat to breading was just way off to me.

                                                                                  I did like those maple onion rings. Those were quite the inspired concept.

                                                                                  And the buttermilk pie.

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                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: Dommy Sep 4, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                              Hahaha! I bet it is hard to avoid! I'd be there at least once a week if I lived or worked nearby....

                                                                              They are so friendly there too. I bet their cold grinders are great, I almost ordered one to go for my dinner....but now I have an excuse to go back very soon!

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                                                                              kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                              Ok, sold.

                                                                              I'll have to hit that shit up too.

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                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Sep 4, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                Yes. Yes you do. Only thing missing is a martini... ;0)

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                                                                                Porthos RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                Looks great! Thanks for the report! Report #1!

                                                                                Knew you'd step up :-)

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                                                                                  kevin RE: Porthos Sep 4, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                  You might have to do a side-by-side taste test with the oyster po boy at Shuck.

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                                                                                    Porthos RE: kevin Sep 4, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                    You might have to step it up and f*cking do it yourself ;-)

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                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: Porthos Sep 4, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                      LMAO, didn't want to let my Musketeer down.....

                                                                              3. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                Really good Crispy Sword Squid with lemon, cauliflower, zucchini, harissa spiced marinara, yuzu koshu mayo at Fishing With Dynamite in MB

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                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                  That sounds good, but what is sword squid?

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                                                                                    wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                    http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2012/10/...

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                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                      Thanks for the pic, but is it a type of squid? Or a swordfish....I'm confused.

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                                                                                        wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                        squid

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                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Sep 4, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                          Ok got it, that's what I thought it might be ;)

                                                                                2. Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                  My favorite F&C was Brit's, but they're out of business now. Second favorite was The Redwood, of the coated sort rather than battered but still quite good. As for simply fried fish, there are two You-Buy-We-Fry places exactly equidistant from me, so this is the obvious time to check them out.

                                                                                  Somebody was frying fish at The Taste on Friday night and the smell was making me crazy, just not crazy enough to get in the next-longest line of the evening … anybody try that?

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                                                                                    WildSwede RE: Will Owen Sep 5, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                    Hi Will. Yes, Brit's was my favorite, too. If one of the you-buy-we-fry places is The Fishery (next to Roma's), then I can tell you they did a good job on the Dover Sole I ordered a few months ago. My friends go there regularly and order the Catfish & Shrimp.

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                                                                                      Will Owen RE: WildSwede Sep 6, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                      Oh, you treasure you! Now I've got TWO reasons to wrestle with that parking lot … actually, since I'm going there for fried fish, maybe I should just walk. That's the ticket! Five blocks down, five back = 1 fish lunch? well, maybe not quite …

                                                                                      Catfish and shrimp!!! How about sides?

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                                                                                        WildSwede RE: Will Owen Sep 11, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                        Just drive. Hush puppies are okay - a little hard. I like their macaroni salad - basic type you grew up with. Cannot remember any of the other sides, sorry! ;-)

                                                                                  2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                    Ricky's Fish Tacos, recently spotted in Chinatown.

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                                                                                      PeterCC RE: J.L. Sep 5, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                      I just had Ricky's on 8/31. Does that count?

                                                                                    2. Mr Taster RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                                                      Surprised nobody has called out Willies fish and chips in Burbank.

                                                                                      Also surprised nobody had s talked about the fried catfish apple salad at Sri Siam in noho

                                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                                        Will Owen RE: Mr Taster Sep 6, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                        Maybe it was the ungodly long wait to order - I was beginning to feel invisible - and then watching ten or twenty burgers go out before I got mine, or maybe it was the blistering hot day, the blazing hot fish and the fact I had to eat it while driving, but Willie's didn't make a compelling case for coming back. I should probably hit them up for a late or early lunch, and figure on finding a park bench somewhere.

                                                                                      2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                                        OK. I'll put it out there unapologetically:

                                                                                        McDonald's Filet-o-Fish.

                                                                                        So consistently good it's scary. In fact, consistency is McDonald's middle name (the "c", get it?! OK that was lame)

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                                                                                          kevin RE: J.L. Sep 5, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                          Really the filet o fish ????

                                                                                          Though I have to say thats the only thing that I'll eat on the McDs menu.

                                                                                          But when I do I have three of those suckers and feel like absolute crap for another 48 hrs.

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                                                                                            ipsedixit RE: kevin Sep 5, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                                            But when I do I have three of those suckers and feel like absolute crap for another 48 hrs.
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                                                                                            Then, you rinse and repeat.

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                                                                                              J.L. RE: kevin Sep 5, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                              Three?!

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                                                                                                wienermobile RE: J.L. Sep 5, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                Do they make a 3 x 3?

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                                                                                                  kevin RE: J.L. Sep 5, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                                  Yes. One is a mini appetizer.

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: kevin Sep 5, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                    Now just had the oyster po boy at Orelans and York not half bad. Though the bread was incorrect.

                                                                                                    Oh, shit. My bad.

                                                                                                    It's fried fish instead of fried seafood. Oh, well, hope this will still pass muster.

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                                                                                                      PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 5, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                      Fight the power, kevin, fight the powers that be!

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                                                                                                wakko11 RE: J.L. Sep 5, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                                                                Filet-O-Fish are fantastic. Especially in the middle of the lunch rush and they're hot (well, warmer than usual).

                                                                                                I happen to love Big Macs and McNuggets, too, so I suppose I'm biased.

                                                                                                But I do not own any shares of MCD :)

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                                                                                                  Xan7hos RE: J.L. Sep 7, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                  I swear the fillets have shrunk in size as well as the slices of cheese (within the past decade or so). But damn there's something magical about the bun they use. El Monte location has 2 for $3. I'm lovin' it.

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                                                                                                    Dommy RE: Xan7hos Sep 7, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                    You used to get a whole slice of cheese... now it's just half. I was never a fan... but P. is. I did like the Mc Fish Bites, even though I shutter to think what exactly goes in them...

                                                                                                    -Dommy!

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                                                                                                      Scotty RE: Dommy Sep 11, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                      When I worked at MCD in the mid-70s (only for 3 days) we'd only put a half slice of cheese. Did this vary from location to location? BYW, I love Filet-O-Fish, but remove most of the sauce first.

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                                                                                                        WildSwede RE: Scotty Sep 11, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                        They are my favorite thing at McD's. I always had an issue with the half slice of cheese. WTH??!! Give me a whole damn slice!!

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                                                                                                          kevin RE: WildSwede Sep 11, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                          Funny thing is that half slice of cheese costs that almost as much as the fucking fish patty.

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                                                                                                            malibumike RE: kevin Sep 12, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                            Unless things have really changed I find that hard to believe, most fast food places used to pay less than a nickle a slice, half a slice maybe 3 cents, so the fish is less than that???

                                                                                                2. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Sep 5, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                  Because I promised Dirty I would show her mine if she showed me hers...

                                                                                                  Kappo Honda Fountain Valley. Early dinner before heading to LAX. Tempura smelt with roe wrapped in shiso leaves.

                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Porthos Sep 6, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                    Nice.....!

                                                                                                  2. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Sep 5, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                    I do like the Filete de Pescado Encebollado at El Pollo Inka

                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                      wakko11 RE: ipsedixit Sep 5, 2013 10:27 PM

                                                                                                      I didn't get a photo, but the seaweed fried fish at Chang's Garden in Arcadia was really good. Crispy and not greasy at all. Went great with whatever is in that salt mix they serve with it.

                                                                                                      1. westsidegal RE: ipsedixit Sep 6, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                        had the mojarra frita at Coni'Seafood last night along with a shrimp ceviche marinaro (sp?), aquachile, and camarones a la diabla.
                                                                                                        (sadly, no longer permitted to review the food there)

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                                                                                                          JAB RE: westsidegal Sep 6, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                          Seriously? By the site's Mods?

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                                                                                                            Mr Taster RE: JAB Sep 6, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                            That happened to me too after I revealed on Chowhound that the owner of Feng Mao gives me the occasional minor freebie (a drink, usually) for having told the Internet about her restaurant. The chronology is that I reported about it here, then Exilekiss wrote about it in his blog (giving due credit), then the LA Times' Miles Clements wrote about it as "the find" without giving due credit to anyone else, and lastly Jonathan Gold wrote about it in the LA Weekly (also with no due credit). Success has many fathers, etc.

                                                                                                            So yeah, if you get too close to a restaurant (and are daft enough to talk about it publicly) then you're barred from reporting honest reviews due to this misguided anti-shill policy. Just to be clear, I am in no way connected to the restaurant except as a customer. I believe the same is true for westsidegal.

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                                                                                                              JAB RE: Mr Taster Sep 6, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                              Wow, just wow. If you and westsidegal are shills, it must be your full time occupations with the number of different places you both post about.

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                                                                                                          OCSteve RE: ipsedixit Sep 7, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                          I had the Captain's Combo at Catalina Fish Kitchen in Costa Mesa yesterday. I usually go for something non-fried because they have so many other great things on their menu, but I had to honor the almighty DotM.

                                                                                                          The combo included fried cod, calimari and shrimp. The cod was panko crusted rather than beer battered and was cooked perfectly. Very good. We also ordered crab cakes which were delicious.

                                                                                                          Apologies on the pic. The fish is kind of buried under everything else.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                          1. JAB RE: ipsedixit Sep 7, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                            Ricky's ahora!

                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                              wienermobile RE: JAB Sep 7, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                              The Daily Meal just picked Ricky's fish tacos the #1 taco in the USA.
                                                                                                              http://www.thedailymeal.com/35-best-t...

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                                                                                                              Sam D. RE: ipsedixit Sep 7, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                              My go-to place for fried fish is Fisherman's Outlet at 5th & Central in L.A. The fish is breaded and is always cooked just right. I think their french fries are equally as good as the ones served at the Oinkster or Wurstkuche.

                                                                                                              The downside is that they are only open 10-3 M-Sat. If you are there at the peak lunch hours the lines will look horrendously long. But they are very well organized and the lines move very quickly.

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                                                                                                                Dommy RE: Sam D. Sep 7, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                I love them. They HAND BREAD The fish in that super yummy yellow breading...

                                                                                                                We used to go there for lunch for their charbroiled giant shrimp (During the summer... I also love their peel and eats, which you can get at the counter in the back, which always has a shorter line). I still think those Shrimp are tastier than any Lobster I've ever had...

                                                                                                                --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                  Miri1 RE: Dommy Sep 7, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                  I'm a big fan ofthe Fish Grill on Beverly Blvd near La Brea (several other locations). Crispy breading, nicely flaky white fish inside. Can get with chips (shestring fries), a vaed pitato (my choice) or as a sandwich, also delicious. Always very fresh. Wish I had it now. Yummy!

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                                                                                                                  carter RE: Sam D. Sep 9, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                  In my estimation, probably the poorest example of fried fish imaginable. After eating, your whole face and body feel like an oil slick.
                                                                                                                  McD's Filet of fish, sans cheese, light on the tartar sauce, is 1000% better

                                                                                                                3. PeterCC RE: ipsedixit Sep 7, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                  Tried the fried fish tacos that my daughter ordered at Killer Shrimp. They were "meh". We did have the fried fish tacos once before and they were quite decent. Better than at Islands. Tonight's was not. Maybe this time was a bad fluke or the first time was a good one.

                                                                                                                  Before Westsidegal starts poo-pooing KS, the original, shell-on shrimp that my wife and I both had were great. Each shrimp was plump and had good snap to it.

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                                                                                                                    kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 7, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                    Dope. I think it went considerably downhill once they relocated after a half decade's lapse to the gargantuan spot on the marina.

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                                                                                                                      PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 7, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                      I think we're looking at that tiny spot on the second level of that little strip mall at Washington and Ocean with rose-colored glasses.

                                                                                                                      Is it the most amazing shrimp in the world? No. But it's consistently decent in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                        kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 7, 2013 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                        You may be right.

                                                                                                                        And I was possibly more fooled into thinking it was quite good when KS was located in that tiny, 2nd fl mini mall spot.

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                                                                                                                          PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 7, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                          If anyone else knows of any other place serving great New Orleans style "BBQ" shrimp* (please don't say Bourbon Street or Bubba Gump) in LA, I'd be willing to try. Went to JACKShrimp before KS reopened and it was good but I still prefer the new KS to it, plus JS is too far from where we live.

                                                                                                                          *Even though KS is probably not quite the same.

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                                                                                                                            kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 7, 2013 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                            How bout The Gumbo Pot ?????

                                                                                                                            Just joking.

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                                                                                                                              kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 7, 2013 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                              But seriously, maybe you can try Stevie's Creole Cafe in Encino.

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                                                                                                                                carter RE: kevin Sep 9, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                Stevie's closed about 3-5 months ago.

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                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: carter Sep 9, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                  Really? I noticed the place and saw the signs on it about three weeks ago......made a mental note about it. Guess I missed my chance.

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                                                                                                                                Ciao Bob RE: PeterCC Sep 9, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                Real Long Shot - I seem to remember that Taylor Boudreaux who was the first chef at Mastro's had NOLA style BBQ shrimp as an appy or side-dish on the very first Mastro's menu. And they were legit. But that was years ago. He's now chef at Napa Valley Grill. If I had this need I would call him and ask him to do it. Or I would fly to Pascale's Manale.

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                                                                                                                                  WildSwede RE: PeterCC Sep 11, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yes, Peter, I agree with you. I was/am a HUGE fan of KS (for many years - used to go to the one on Ventura in the Valley) and once they were gone tried Jack Shrimp. It was allright, but too heavy on the Rosemary. Have been to the new KS a few times and even though it is not as good as I remember from years past, I still thouroughly enjoy it (now along with the view!).

                                                                                                                        2. PeterCC RE: ipsedixit Sep 8, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                          Another Ricky's...

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                            carter RE: DoctorChow Sep 9, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                            You will enjoy LA more, it just may take you a while.

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                                                                                                                              ns1 RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                              Mojarra frita, El Taco Llama (Whitsett & Burbank)

                                                                                                                              First time having Mexican style fried tilapia (ie with corn tortillas + salsa). Fish was fried pretty good, a little greasy but not too much. I mean it’s tilapia, fried. Could have spent probably a minute less in the fryer but no big deal. Fins were excellent 

                                                                                                                              Corn tortillas were fine, nothing special. Salsa here is always good, and I love the pickled peppers/onions/carrots. Fantastic chips/beans too.

                                                                                                                              All that being said, was it as good as Vietnamese style fried fish (ie fried tilapia + ginger fish sauce)? Not to me. Was it better than the other Mexican food here? Not to me. So it was good, but not mind blowing. Fried fish, chips/beans, rice, and tortillas...$7.02 w/o tax. Rice/beans buried under chips. Yes, that’s 7 fucking dollars and 2 cents plus tax for all this food.

                                                                                                                              If anyone else has suggestions for Mexican style fried fish that doesn’t involve a certain Sergio, I’d love to hear it 

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                linus RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                pardon the pedantry, but don't whitsett and vineland run parallel to each other?

                                                                                                                                do you mean this taco llama:
                                                                                                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-taco-llama...
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                                                                                                                                is this as good or better than the taco llama that was at the car wash at cahuenga and magnolia?

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                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: linus Sep 11, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                  you're right, fixed.

                                                                                                                                  it's the same - same chef, same lady, same food, same sign (attached). They got a larger staff though, so who you get depends on when you go. Looks like they consolidated after the car wash changed.

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                  a certain Sergio ?

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                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                  Fried fish tacos at Tacos Punta Cabras for lunch today. So light and tasty, I could have eaten a dozen more. The tortillas are hand made, also, though very uniform. Glad I finally made it over there.

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 11, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                    You were a couple months late.

                                                                                                                                    But yeah it is quite great. And keep your eyes peeled for one of their not so frequent specials.

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                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yea, what else is new?! I'm making up for losing time over the summer, now that the kids are back in school ;)

                                                                                                                                  2. JAB RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    99 cent fish tacos on Wednesdays at Tacos Baja Ensenada for today's lunch. Get there early and I mean before 11 early to deal with the lines and the parking.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: JAB Sep 11, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                      Is it pretty close to Mariscos Jalisco ?

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                                                                                                                                        JAB RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                        It's on Whittier In East Los.

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                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: JAB Sep 11, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yeah. I've been to tacos baja Ensenada a number of times but not Jalisco as of yet.

                                                                                                                                          I'll have to mapquest that shit.

                                                                                                                                          99c is a fucking steal. And for once I may be able to have lunch for under 10 bucks including a soda. Or skip the soda and just grab 9 of those tacos.

                                                                                                                                          Now that's some great fuckin' eats.

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                                                                                                                                            ns1 RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                            had some jalisco for first time at tacolandia, overrated is the only word that comes to mind.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      Fish and chips at Golden State. Great as usual. Though I do believe that someone has already mentioned the joint.

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                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                        Fish and chips at The Local Peasant in WH. Which was quite good for one of these newfangled gastro-style pubs.

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                                                                                                                                          ns1 RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                          this popped up in my inbox today...who's gonna try it? Out of my budget, but surely one of you whales can jump on it

                                                                                                                                          whole fried red snapper, Girasol Studio City (CJ Jacobson)

                                                                                                                                          I'm not usually into bestiality or necrophilia, but I want to have sex with this thing.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm not quite sure I'd like to make sweet love to that thing, but I'd be up for devouring that fucker. :)

                                                                                                                                            How much is it since you mentioned it is out of your price range ?

                                                                                                                                            It may be out of my non-existent expense account too.

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                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                              How did it get in your inbox ?

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                                                                                                                                                ns1 RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                laweekly email blast

                                                                                                                                                menupages says:

                                                                                                                                                Whole Fried Red Snapper crispy greens, citrus, sauce of fermented fresno chili, kumquat and sorrel 26.00

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                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Not cheap. But if he has the beer selection of The Yard along with his famous fish tacos, I'll give it the proverbial whirl.

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                                                                                                                                              ns1 RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                              tacos punta cabras, fish taco
                                                                                                                                              Hannosuke, the anagi tempura don thing.

                                                                                                                                              Both very good. Had to resist the urge to drop forty bucks @ TPC. I would say my second favorite fish taco in LA.

                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: ns1 Sep 14, 2013 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                Welcome to my world when I go to TPC. I spend close to $40 and I'm still starving.

                                                                                                                                                But it's the best relatively cheap eats restaurant to open in some time in SM.

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                                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: kevin Sep 15, 2013 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm pretty confident I can eat one of everything in the same seating (as long as someone else pays)

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                                                                                                                                                    westsidegal RE: ns1 Sep 15, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    +2
                                                                                                                                                    even when spending $40/pp i am hungry again in a couple of hours.
                                                                                                                                                    the quality is great
                                                                                                                                                    but the price:quantity ratio is awful.
                                                                                                                                                    add to the equation that the food is served on plastic/paper. . .

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                                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka RE: westsidegal Sep 15, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Plus the al fresco dining is three feet away from death by rolling steel and vulcanized rubber - savoring tiny morsels while sitting on a tightrope.

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                                                                                                                                                Xan7hos RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                Had a hankerin' for fish tacos and found myself at Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada. Not sure if it was an off day but by the time I garnished it with cabbage, salsa, and crema, the whole thing became a big soggy and greasy mush. Not sure if it was the fry job or the batter but overall it was really disappointing.

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                                                                                                                                                  revets2 RE: Xan7hos Sep 15, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Yup. Kinda funny that it's called Best Fish Tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: revets2 Sep 15, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                    the place was pretty good before ricky's came along IMO. operation was smaller and the proprietor was on the fryer all the time.

                                                                                                                                                    a few months in he shifted a lot of his responsibilities to his help and quality suffered. All IMO, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                      Xan7hos RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 12:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Agreed...this is probably my fourth visit in the span of two years and it always seems to be sliding south. I've had take out from Rubio's and the fish tacos I've come home with were still crunchy after a ten minute car ride.

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                                                                                                                                                        Mr Taster RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6766...

                                                                                                                                                        I visited Ricky's once in 2010 and had such a disappointing experience that I've had no desire to slog through the ridiculous 45-minute minute hipster gauntlet again (this is when he was at Sunset Junction).

                                                                                                                                                        Have the waits improved since he moved to LAX-C? With all the Chowhound love, I accept the fact that I may have hit him up on an off day. But, I'm absolutely not willing to wait in a ridiculous queue again for them.

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                                                                                                                                                          ns1 RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I've been to every RFT incarnation EXCEPT for LAX-C, so I can't speak to lines these days. I met Ricky @ Tacolandia, seems like business was pretty slow. Of course, he got picked up for "Best Taco in America" by some mag after that, so he's been selling out every weekend since.

                                                                                                                                                          My experiences have been much different than your one experience.

                                                                                                                                                          IMO, Ricky has actually gotten better with time (as long as he's the one on the fryer). His fry technique is spot on, and he now has grills to add some texture to the tortillas (vs straight out of the bag in the laundromat days).

                                                                                                                                                          The only time I've ever seen him flustered was the 2nd time he had lobster tacos, and those just weren't very good. Fish/shrimp > *, except one day he also had swordfish tacos. HOLY SHIT, 11/10, best fish taco I've ever had. He hasn't had it since.

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                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            swordfish sounds dope.

                                                                                                                                                            sadly, i haven't visited yet. something about his overly erratic hours.

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                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I have been to the LAX-C location it was great and surprisingly not that busy.

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                                                                                                                                                                PeterCC RE: wienermobile Sep 16, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Same. Been there twice in the past two weeks and while the tables were mostly filled with people eating, the line to order was 2-3 people/parties at most. Only disappointing thing was both times I went (between 3-3:30 PM) they had already sold out of shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Taster, have you tried TPC yet ????

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                                                                                                                                                                Mr Taster RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I have not.... how in the world can you spend $40 at a taco place and still be hungry?!

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                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Exactly.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Taster RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    What do you mean?

                                                                                                                                                                    Are they selling $8 tacos, or are you saying that eating 20 $2 tacos doesn't fill you up?

                                                                                                                                                                    I need you to explain precisely where your $40 goes.

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                                                                                                                                                                      ns1 RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos are 3.50 a pop. I would say 4 Tacos from TPC = 2.5 tacos from RFT.

                                                                                                                                                                      Tostadas are normal size and 5 bucks a pop.

                                                                                                                                                                      Not a lot of carbs going on here, so the food doesn't really sustain you.

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                                                                                                                                                                        ns1 RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        No gratis chips either, thus nothing to fill you up pre-tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        With tax, each fish taco is roughly $4. And each taco is excessively tiny.

                                                                                                                                                                        The cauliflower tostada is about $5.50 with tax.

                                                                                                                                                                        And then the shrimp cocktail is close to six bucks.

                                                                                                                                                                        So about 4 tacos, one tostada, and shrimp cocktail, and tax and tip, and a soda or fresca and voila at around 40 bucks. And still very hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                          ns1 RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Cauliflower tostada is actually 4.40 with tax. It's the 4 dollar tostada, all others are $5 (obviously not including specials)

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                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, my bad.

                                                                                                                                                                            But regardless of the corrections, it is still pretty fucking pricy.

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                                                                                                                                                                            PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't say the tacos are excessively tiny but they are small for the price.

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                                                                                                                                                                              bulavinaka RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I feel the same about the price/size issue but what pushes them into the "buy" column is the quality of their seafood. I begrudgingly pay for food less than half the quantity of what I'd hope for, the seating is marginal and they have no beer. But each bite brings offerings of forgiveness for all the shoetcomings. I guess if one looks at this as a quality seafood experience not unlike sushi, it is a bit less damning as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: bulavinaka Sep 16, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                bula, i agree with you 110%. i sometimes kick myself afterwards, but it is good. yes, you're sushi analogy is somewhat apt.

                                                                                                                                                                                i think there are a slew of places in town that i continue to go to despite the exorbitant prices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: bulavinaka Sep 16, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  you have to think of it more as a seafood shack, instead of a taco shack.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Mattapoisett in LA RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Ricky's is over at LAX-C and I have not had to wait anytime I went there. Plus you can pick up tons of things at LAX-C and Mae Ting's Coconut Cakes are a reason in their own right to head over there

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                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 16, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Are Mae Ting's coconut cakes the ones that a street vendor used to cook up and ladle the batter into a press thingy outside of Sanamluang Cafe in Holllywood a few years back ?

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dommy RE: Mr Taster Sep 16, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        The waits have improved because his set up is much better.... He also has some of the best agua frescas out there... Although when in the mood for Mexican Coke, you can pick some up at Chimey Brick right across the way.

                                                                                                                                                                        The best Fish Tacos on earth. Nope. Best in LA, totally.

                                                                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: Dommy Sep 16, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          really ? better than TPC in your humble opinion ?

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                                                                                                                                                                            Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Dommy and I are not fans of TPC. Maybe it is possible that we had several Meh experiences but that plus the price will keep us away.

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                                                                                                                                                                              PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I have to agree that RFT is better than TPC. And I am a big fan of TPC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                shit, wow. ok, i'll give it a whirl. that sounds like a pretty resounding endorsement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Never tried RFT in any of its iterations. Does he offer any ceviche dishes? Because that's where I think TPC shines.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: bulavinaka Sep 16, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You don't go to RFT to get anything but awesome fish/shrimp tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka RE: ns1 Sep 16, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I get that. So RFT does not have any ceviche dishes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      PeterCC RE: bulavinaka Sep 16, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      No, only Ensenada-style fried seafood tacos (fish, shrimp, sometimes lobster) and agua fresca. They sold sodas and water at their previous location but not at LAX-C.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's more than good enough for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm just worried that I'll make a trek of it and they'll be closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Looking at their Twitter (http://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos/), they've been selling out before 4:30 PM about half the time, on 9/14 at 3 PM and on 9/8 at 4 PM. They are usually out of shrimp before 3 PM. To be safe, you should aim for 2 PM, maybe that'll avoid a typical lunch rush without risking a sellout.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          This is slightly divergent and off topic, but has anyone been to Petty Cash Taqueria ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            PeterCC RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not yet. Been wanting to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ns1 RE: kevin Sep 16, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Prices went up considerably since opening, so PCT fell off my list pretty quick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                aching RE: kevin Sep 17, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I posted it about it last week. I really liked it, especially the guacamole and the al pastor tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        JAB RE: Dommy Sep 16, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        +1, Ricky had a cucumber/spinach/mint agua that was awesome a few weeks ago. No wait except for the prep time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          PeterCC RE: JAB Sep 16, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          They've had that same agua fresca the last two times I was there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Xan7hos RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2013 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Stopped by Hot Red Bus in Alhambra after seeing it constantly pop up on my Yelp feed. Not really sure the British Indian fast food scene is kicking off quite yet (I was the only person in the restaurant in the early Saturday evening) but I'm happy to report their fish and chips is beyond decent. Not sure what species of fish they're using, but one piece was easily 0.5-0.75lbs. They were thick fillets and fried fresh to order and came out piping hot The batter is thin and crisp, slightly greasy (I recommend wrapping a paper towel around them to absorb the excess oil). Was well seasoned and was some of the meatiest fish and chips I've had. 2 pieces and chips ran close to $8.75 which is a bargain IMO. Their condiments were also fantastic...they had Sarsons Malt Vinegar from the UK that was mild in terms of its acidity which was a perfect condiment as it didn't overpower the flavor of the fish. Their tartar sauce runs on the thinner side which I thought was ideal and again never interfered with the flavor of the fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                  ElsieDee RE: Xan7hos Sep 15, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a lot of fish! Looks tasty, though. How were the chips?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Xan7hos RE: ElsieDee Sep 16, 2013 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Slightly limp and under seasoned but for whatever odd reason I actually like it like that...as if playing second fiddle to the textural crunch of the fried fish. Dunking it in Sarson's malt vinegar and tartar sauce makes it better and it provides textural and flavor breaks from the fish. Counter-intuitive, but it works in my crazy mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Edit: I underestimated the amount of fish in a serving. Pictures make them seem slender and thin but they're probably close to 9" long and are amazingly hefty at least half to .75 lbs each.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ElsieDee RE: Xan7hos Sep 16, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I can see the fries working as a foil to the crunchy fish - and since I love fries with salt and malt vinegar, I'm thinking I need to pay the restaurant a visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ElsieDee RE: Xan7hos Sep 25, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Was just perusing the menu (http://hotredbus.com/menu) and came across this tidbit in the section about the chips:

                                                                                                                                                                                        "Chips (Fries
                                                                                                                                                                                        )Cooked in authentic chip shop style in beef drippings for an amazing meaty flavour. Can be fried in vegetable oil upon request."

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: ElsieDee Sep 25, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. Much appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Xan7hos RE: Xan7hos Sep 22, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Visited a second time a week after for lunch. Still no one there though I did arrive around 11:45. Have a feeling the location isn't suiting them well. Spoke with one of the staff and he was really knowledgeable of the best sorts of fish for fish and chips. He mentioned that they use Basa fish, a species of catfish..which explains the meatiness, savoriness and slightly fatiness of the meat. My batter was more crisp this time and less oily, as were my fries. Delicious, freshly fried, and piping hot. Honestly for the money it's great and I'd hate to see them go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Mattapoisett in LA RE: Xan7hos Sep 23, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I too stopped by Red Hot Bus. It has become my favorite on the West coast. Next I have to drag Dommy! there on date night so she can have the fish and I can try the Curry

                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                          ns1 RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 23, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          do they have outdoor seating?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Mattapoisett in LA RE: ns1 Sep 23, 2013 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            There is a covered entryway out front with one picnic table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 23, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where's Red Hot Bus ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Mattapoisett in LA RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 23, 2013 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry! I had mis-named it in my post.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hot Red Bus
                                                                                                                                                                                              31 E Main St
                                                                                                                                                                                              Alhambra, CA 91801
                                                                                                                                                                                              (626) 576-2877
                                                                                                                                                                                              hotredbus.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 24, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Matt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Ernie RE: Xan7hos Sep 24, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I like Hot Red Bus too, it is very close to where I live. I've been about a half dozen times so far since they opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                              They were a little inconsistent for a few visits, i.e., fish portion was very small two visits ago, but last visit they seem to be back in shape. I ask for the fries and fish to be wrapped separately and it keeps the fries much more crisp. I am glad they are making their own tartar sauce now as it is much better now than the packet one they were using before

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Ernie Sep 24, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                damn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                it sounds pretty fucking awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Jase RE: Xan7hos Sep 28, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Just hit it, sliding in under the month. Liked how big and meaty the pieces were. Batter was crisp and light with minimal greasiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Also tried the doner wrap, too bland for me. The meat needed a little more seasoning, was much improved by addition of their hot sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The daily special of one piece, chips and a small drink for $6 is a great deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Very nice and friendly people.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Dommy RE: ipsedixit Sep 16, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Well... we went with the obvious again and used this month as an excuse to see if Ye Olde Kings Head was still dishing out their amazing fish and chips. I'm happy to report that even on a lazy day lunch... they were! The fish was thick, moist and meaty and that coating super crunchy, tasty but not like mortar...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately the rest of their menu continues to be a miss...

                                                                                                                                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  PeterCC RE: Dommy Sep 16, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow that fish is so light it floats to the ceiling. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love YOKH's fish and chips. King portion!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dommy RE: PeterCC Sep 16, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn iFone... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: PeterCC Sep 17, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't believe that I have never tried it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fish Tacos from La Estrella are very, very good - especially with their red salsa. I frequent either the location on Fair Oaks or the one on Orange Grove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Sep 21, 2013 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried branzino at Night + Market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Damn this place is good. They probably have the best fried pig tails in town. Top 3 tastes of the year. And a gratuitous shot of the pork hock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit RE: Porthos Sep 21, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fork and ... spoon?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If left to my own devices it'd be digits all the way. Cut out the middle man entirely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Porthos RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2013 01:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's what they give ya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those pig tails were perfect with them digits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB. A couple of bottles BYO white burgundy. $20 corkage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB RE: Porthos Sep 21, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I see corks. What'd you pair? BYO?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Taster RE: Porthos Sep 22, 2013 03:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            > They probably have the best fried pig tails in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It strikes me as funny that nobody would have thought to utter this sentence 6 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And truth be told, it still sounds strange to me.... as strange as if you had said, "They probably have the best fricasseed horse nostrils in town."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            (When they show up on Animal's menu, remember that you read it here first.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos RE: Mr Taster Sep 22, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tried Animal's pigtail version 2 years ago. "Buffalo style". Marred by excessive salt. (Or were you taking about the fricassed horse nostrils?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not nearly as crispy as this version and the meat no where as generous and tender. What I didn't mention was that this was so good we ordered another immediately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                PeterCC RE: Porthos Sep 22, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                TAILS for DotM (pig, ox, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you tried the pig tails at Tar and Roses? Theirs and N+M's go back and forth between 1st and 2nd best in my mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAB RE: PeterCC Sep 22, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We enjoyed pig's tails at The Spice Table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wootang RE: JAB Oct 9, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've had those twice this year. So good. They serve them with lettuce and some other fixings (sauce?) to make tacos. Nice compliment to the excellent meat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: Porthos Sep 22, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  spice table had a really good pig tail prep too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              OCSteve RE: ipsedixit Sep 24, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In Glendora after a meeting and starving this afternoon, I decided to try Tacos Baja for a fish taco. The fish had very little flavor, and the batter was not crispy at all. The salsa was so weak that I had to look twice to make sure they had put it on. A total let-down. The shrimp tacos were marginally better, but still disappointing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: OCSteve Sep 24, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's called Tacos Baja ???? And it's not connected or affiliated with Tacos Baja Ensenada in Whittier, is it ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OCSteve RE: kevin Sep 24, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: OCSteve Sep 24, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you happen to have an address ? I'd be really curious if it's another location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OCSteve RE: kevin Sep 24, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos Baja
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      853 E. Rt 66
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glendora, CA 91740

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                annie RE: ipsedixit Sep 24, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The whole fried red snapper at Girasol in Studio City is pretty tasty, although I am still more partial to the cilantro ponzu dipping sauce with Shiro's fried catfish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So we went to Wako Donkasu and among the offerings was fish. It was nicely fried. The fish was a little stronger than I'm used to but it was still good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jessejames RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 27, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    looks good - I like Wako. Worth passing on the pork cutlet for this?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mattapoisett in LA RE: jessejames Sep 27, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dommy ordered the Pork cutlet curry which was very good. I would give a slight edge to the pork over the fish but it is worth trying once.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Sep 27, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll hit up the fish shortly before the month is over. I used to go to the location on Wilshire, near Normandie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Sep 27, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From what I know the Wilshire location is the only one with beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. WildSwede RE: ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I forgot to mention La Bufadora's fish tacos. They are on Arrow Hwy in Irwindale. I believe they have $.99 fish tacos on Weds & Sundays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Irwindale, CA 91706
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (626) 962-0910

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Sep 28, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tempura Anago at I-naba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Irresistible. Crunchy outside and silken moist inside. No fried bone today :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Sep 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried Catfish at Chinois a classic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ltseligman RE: ipsedixit Oct 9, 2013 12:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While I can honestly say Ricky's are the best fish tacos on the planet... I'd like to mention a lowbrow fave at a highbrow spot. The fried trout at Smitty's in Pasadena. It is pan fried goodness and just about the best damn fried trout this side of frying it up over a campfire fresh out of the river. Not the perfect pair with their blue cheese stuffed olive martini but, that too is so good that I regularly bend the rules.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll have to snap a pic next time...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Taster RE: ltseligman Oct 9, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best fish tacos on the planet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you been to El Fenix in Ensenada, or are you just prone to hyperbole? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PeterCC RE: Mr Taster Oct 9, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When I was in Ensenada last year I tried Los Originales Tacos de Pescado de Ensenada (really wanted to try El Fenix too but got sucked in by La Guerrerense). I didn't go to Ricky's right before or after the trip, but I was pleasantly surprised (for Ricky) that the tacos from Los Originales didn't completely blow RFT away. That is not to say I thought Los Originales was bad--on the contrary, they were excellent--rather it was that I realized Ricky's was REALLY authentic in addition to being fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. CharlesKochel RE: ipsedixit Oct 9, 2013 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried fish is a staple for me. I had 2 really good versions in Sept.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The first was a small plate at Cafe Montana in Santa Monica around 16th. Halibut cut into large bite size pieces and lightly fried, super flakey and the crust was great, not too greasy and did not separate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.cafemontana.net/Z-Menu-4.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 2nd was a wonderful traditional fish and chips dinner at O'Brien's in Santa Monica on Wilshire and about 22nd (ish) ... WIlly is serious about the Irish fare and his beer selection is great, but a bit expensive. A beer battered Cod, it reads...very good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.obrienspub.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. rhinoknives RE: ipsedixit Oct 9, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here is a fairly recent add in to excellent seafood and Fried Fish in Santa Monica.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sea Salt Fish on Santa Monica Blvd. I have had the Fish & Chips 4-5 times over the month and my wife loves their Shrimp Taco's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Fish & Chips comes with unpeeled potato fries and some great cold Slaw. Fried just right. Three pieces of a white cod fish and a light batter. Yum!

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