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

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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  1. Wow, no one has posted yet ?

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    1. re: kevin

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

      1. re: kevin

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

        1. re: Porthos

          One would think!

          1. re: Porthos

            Happy now, Porthos?! ;0)

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              I'll contribute if you will! :-)

              1. re: Porthos

                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..... ;)

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  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!

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Darn, what were we thinking?! ;0)

        2. I'll play -
          Fried whole fish at Merkato

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          1. re: WildSwede

            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.

            1. re: maudies5

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

              Eel is fish, FYI.

              1. re: maudies5

                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"?

                1. re: carter

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

                  1. re: carter

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

                    1. re: Porthos

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

                      1. re: ns1

                        i agree.

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

                        1. re: kevin

                          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.

                          1. re: kevin

                            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.

                      2. re: carter

                        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 ...

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Let's get started on fillet o fish.

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

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

                      1. Hannosuke

                         
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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          wow, that looks good!

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Yum.

                            1. re: wienermobile

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

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

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                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

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

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                                1. re: latindancer

                                  looking forward to your report...

                                  1. re: latindancer

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

                                    1. re: latindancer

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

                                       
                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        I concur.

                                        One of my absolute favorites.

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

                                      2. re: latindancer

                                        RIP Tom Bergin's.

                                      3. 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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                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          I too was going to suggest Penguin Fish on Pico!

                                          1. re: Gingerleen

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

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

                                            1. re: jessejames

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

                                              Tar & Roses for the best higher brow.

                                               
                                               
                                              1. re: revets2

                                                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.

                                                1. re: goldpackage

                                                  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.

                                          2. re: jessejames

                                            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.

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              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!

                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                Jase and Dommy -- thanks for the tips

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

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                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                For sure, a classic.

                                              2. The amazing fried catfish at Shiro

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

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

                                                     
                                                     
                                                    1. Here's our map!

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

                                                      1. anyone got a rec for fried catfish Nola style?

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                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                          the fried catfish at Gus's BarBQ in South Pasadena

                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                            See above.

                                                            1. re: ns1

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

                                                            2. 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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                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                is that a cornmeal batter?

                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. re: ns1

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

                                                                    --Dommy!

                                                                    1. re: Dommy

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

                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                        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!

                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                          Same here. But it works very well!

                                                                        2. re: Dommy

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

                                                                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                        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!

                                                                        1. re: Dommy

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

                                                                          1. re: ns1

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

                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                  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.

                                                                            2. re: Dommy

                                                                              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!

                                                                            3. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                              Ok, sold.

                                                                              I'll have to hit that shit up too.

                                                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                Knew you'd step up :-)

                                                                                1. re: Porthos

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

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

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

                                                                              3. 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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                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                  That sounds good, but what is sword squid?

                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                        squid

                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                      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?

                                                                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                        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. Ricky's Fish Tacos, recently spotted in Chinatown.

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                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

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

                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                        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. 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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                                                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                            Then, you rinse and repeat.

                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                              Three?!

                                                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                Do they make a 3 x 3?

                                                                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                  Yes. One is a mini appetizer.

                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                              2. re: J.L.

                                                                                                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 :)

                                                                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                    1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: Scotty

                                                                                                        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!!

                                                                                                        1. re: WildSwede

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

                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                            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. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                    Nice.....!

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

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                    1. 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. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                          Seriously? By the site's Mods?

                                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                        2. 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. Ricky's ahora!

                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                            1. re: JAB

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

                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: Sam D.

                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                2. re: Sam D.

                                                                                                                  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. 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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                                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                            How bout The Gumbo Pot ?????

                                                                                                                            Just joking.

                                                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                Stevie's closed about 3-5 months ago.

                                                                                                                                1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                              2. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                  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. Another Ricky's...

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                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...
                                                                                                                                ?

                                                                                                                                is this as good or better than the taco llama that was at the car wash at cahuenga and magnolia?

                                                                                                                                1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                  a certain Sergio ?

                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                      Is it pretty close to Mariscos Jalisco ?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                        It's on Whittier In East Los.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                              How did it get in your inbox ?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                laweekly email blast

                                                                                                                                                menupages says:

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                    +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. . .

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Xan7hos

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: revets2

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                        Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                            swordfish sounds dope.

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

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                              Taster, have you tried TPC yet ????

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                  Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, my bad.

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

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bulavinaka

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

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                                                                          really ? better than TPC in your humble opinion ?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not yet. Been wanting to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Dommy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

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

                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Xan7hos

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ElsieDee

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                        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."

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ElsieDee

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. Much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                          do they have outdoor seating?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where's Red Hot Bus ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Matt.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ernie

                                                                                                                                                                                                damn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                it sounds pretty fucking awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dommy

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn iFone... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fork and ... spoon?

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's what they give ya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those pig tails were perfect with them digits.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Porthos

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                            > 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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We enjoyed pig's tails at The Spice Table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  spice table had a really good pig tail prep too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OCSteve

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCSteve

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos Baja
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      853 E. Rt 66
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glendora, CA 91740

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wako Donkasu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2904 W Olympic Blvd,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Bufadora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16020 Arrow Hwy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Irwindale, CA 91706
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (626) 962-0910

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tempura Anago at I-naba.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fried Catfish at Chinois a classic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ltseligman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best fish tacos on the planet?

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. 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. 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!