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Ricky's Fish Tacos New Truck Returns to Virgil Ave. & Serving Daily!

wienermobile Dec 16, 2013 02:35 PM

Great news for fish taco lovers! Ricky's Fish Tacos brand new food truck opens this Wednesday at 11 a.m.and is returning to his former home at 1400 North Virgil Avenue in Hollywood, serving wonderful Ensenada-style fish and shrimp tacos, with new dishes to come. Hours of operation will run daily YES DAILY! from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., https://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos

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  1. wienermobile Dec 16, 2013 02:39 PM

    A happy day in Taco Town!

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      ns1 Dec 16, 2013 02:39 PM

      Too bad he didn't take over the laundromat parking lot. That would truly have been full circle.

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        linus Dec 16, 2013 03:19 PM

        what's the line like?

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        1. re: linus
          wienermobile Dec 16, 2013 03:36 PM

          used to take around 10 minutes or so for food, Maybe faster with new truck?

          1. re: wienermobile
            kevin Dec 16, 2013 03:38 PM

            That's not bad.

            1. re: kevin
              linus Dec 16, 2013 05:33 PM

              ten minutes i can handle. i thought i read somewhere ricky's is usually mobbed.

              1. re: linus
                wienermobile Dec 16, 2013 05:39 PM

                I don't know how busy it will be with the return to the old neighborhood. Give yourself extra time.

                1. re: wienermobile
                  chrishei Dec 16, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Parking's not the easiest in that area...

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          kevin Dec 16, 2013 03:38 PM

          Wow, this is great new wiener.

          You are always at the forefront of the updates.

          Thanks buddy.

          1. JAB Dec 16, 2013 03:49 PM

            Thanks, great news, especially the weekday lunch part.

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              ilysla Dec 16, 2013 04:37 PM

              So that's what he was talking about (to someone else) this weekend.... I hope that means that the agua frescas will return, as well! (apparently he stopped serving them after the nearby cafes complained?)

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                selfportrait93 Dec 16, 2013 07:22 PM

                Daily? Great News!
                Heard Ricky say he was going to raise prices by 50 cents per taco.

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                  jesstifer Dec 16, 2013 07:44 PM

                  It's a Christmas miracle!

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                    film_score Dec 16, 2013 09:46 PM

                    Is he ONLY at the Virgil location now or is he also at the Chinatown location still?

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                    1. re: film_score
                      ns1 Dec 16, 2013 10:17 PM

                      He's done at the Chinatown location. Last weekend was the last weekend.

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                      jessejames Dec 17, 2013 10:24 AM

                      does the crema have mayo or is it sour cream?

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                      1. re: jessejames
                        wienermobile Dec 17, 2013 10:25 AM

                        I honestly don't know... but it doesn't taste like mayo.

                        1. re: jessejames
                          kevin Dec 17, 2013 11:04 AM

                          I'm with you there on that one buddy.

                          1. re: jessejames
                            ilysla Dec 17, 2013 11:23 AM

                            Don't know who "Chef Pablo" is, but apparently it's a mayo/yogurt blend (Ricky's sauce seems related to the white sauce used at Rubio's):


                            1. re: ilysla
                              jessejames Dec 17, 2013 11:40 AM

                              thanks for the info fellas. i can't be too careful with mayo. it is the enemy.

                              1. re: jessejames
                                Feed_me Dec 17, 2013 08:08 PM

                                I've never eaten Ricky's, but most authentic places use the Mexican crema which is sort of a sour cream. Someone should ask Ricky, but I'd doubt he's putting mayo in his "crema."

                                1. re: Feed_me
                                  JAB Dec 17, 2013 08:28 PM

                                  Crema Fresca, no mayo.

                                  1. re: Feed_me
                                    Dommy Dec 17, 2013 08:59 PM

                                    Well... I put mayo in my crema when I make my fish tacos, I learned it from my mom. Crema on its own is just too thin, it's sogs the tempura like batter of the tacos (We made our batter with egg whites so it's very delicate like Ricky's!). The thing is, Mexican Mayo is NOT best foods (It's McCormick). It has a nice lime flavor and doesn't taste so strongly of oil or eggs and has a nicer texture... I would not be surprised if Ricky does the same... Here's is a recipe from someone in Baja...



                                    1. re: Dommy
                                      chrishei Dec 17, 2013 09:28 PM

                                      Allow me to jump in here, especially after what Dommy has said: I've been told before that there is mayo in the crema at Ricky's.

                                      1. re: chrishei
                                        SilverlakeGirl Dec 17, 2013 09:49 PM

                                        I associate crema with crème fraîche. And I make that at home with cream and buttermilk.

                                        I have traveled extensively in Mexico cooking and have never heard of mayo being added. But, a huge caveat is that I avoid coastal areas in Mexico when traveling and it may have developed there.

                                        Fish and mayo is a natural in the USA.

                                        1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                          Dommy Dec 17, 2013 10:22 PM

                                          Crema is creme fraiche, but it's not the same texture wise. Everywhere in Mexico, most crema is sold at the deli counter by the scoop. By its nature, it's thinner and straight used more for all manner of meat tacos and taquitos in Northern Parts of Mexico (In Yucatan, Crema is not quite beloved). In fact, in Mexico City, there is a saying... About putting too much cream on your taco. When you exagerate, especially when speaking highly of one self... LOL!


                                          1. re: Dommy
                                            SilverlakeGirl Dec 17, 2013 10:28 PM

                                            I am only speaking of my mentor, and traveling partner, Diana Kennedy. People do make their own crema in Mexico.

                                            And if "creama [sic] is creme fraiche" then it is thicker. I know, made at home, a spoon stands straight in it.

                                            1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                              Dommy Dec 17, 2013 10:39 PM

                                              My grandmother did too, she made her own cheeses as well. Although I greatly appreciate what she has done for the world of Mexican Gastronomy, the way she cooks and sources is not how the vast majority of working Mexicans cook or learned to cook, either from the finca or the city. Even women like my grandmother who had the time and the means to invest in her own cooking time, she gladly used purveyors of tortillas, bread and even recados. If you give most Mexicans a tub of thick smothering creme fraiche versus a soupy integrating deli crema, most will go for the crema, not only for familiarity, but also because it fits into the other elements of the cuisine better....


                                              1. re: Dommy
                                                SilverlakeGirl Dec 17, 2013 10:54 PM

                                                I would disagree with you about her interaction with the way most working Mexicans cook.

                                                She is fully integrated with the culture having lived there 45 years giving herself to preserving the true cuisine. She employes most of her small village of Zitacuaro. she is not a dilettante.

                                                She also trains the rest to cook her meals at the Vietnamese owned Rancho San Cayetano nearby. I think you sell her short by a long shot.

                                              2. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                                happybaker Feb 21, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                I've tried making creme fraiche at home, no success. Could you post your recipe?

                                          2. re: chrishei
                                            jessejames Dec 18, 2013 08:53 AM

                                            i'll just stay away from the crema then...mexican mayo, american mayo -- not my bag!

                                            ricky's does look fried and tasty and guessing will be good holding the white stuff (in abundance of caution!)

                                            1. re: linus
                                              Dommy Dec 18, 2013 09:15 AM

                                              In all fairness, Ricky's does give you the option of how to dress your tacos (In fact, dressing a taco is something that SHOULD be done by the individual). I agree, that Ricky's crema has nothing Mayoey about it. But I don't have such a strong aversion. So at most, I would request a taste of a sauce, rather than potentially ruining my taco with it.


                                              1. re: Dommy
                                                jessejames Dec 18, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                you're right -- always just ask or if adventurous taste ... i asked at senor fish which i like and theirs has mayo so i just omit it.

                                                1. re: Dommy
                                                  linus Dec 18, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                  gosh, i wish i'd said that...

                                  2. wienermobile Dec 17, 2013 03:13 PM

                                    UPDATE from LA Weekly…. Ricky's Fish Taco Truck Rolls Out Friday (Not Wednesday)

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                                    1. re: wienermobile
                                      kevin Dec 17, 2013 03:16 PM

                                      Thanks for the update. That's better for me as I won't be able to make it there until Friday anyhow.

                                    2. wienermobile Feb 21, 2014 08:53 AM

                                      Ricky tweeted that he will be serving shark tacos today. Sounds good. Please let me know if anyone has a chance to try them. Are they fried?

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                                      1. re: wienermobile
                                        J.L. Feb 21, 2014 09:59 AM

                                        I love Ricky's, & I love shark, but mercury is rising, and I don't mean that in an astrologic sense...

                                        1. re: J.L.
                                          kevin Feb 21, 2014 12:37 PM

                                          Mercury is rising ???????

                                          Are we not supposed to eat sharks ?

                                          Just like whale meat ?????

                                          1. re: kevin
                                            J.L. Feb 21, 2014 03:07 PM

                                            Any fish high in the ocean food chain (top predators like shark, barracuda) will have higher concentrations of mercury in its flesh - Consumer beware.

                                            1. re: J.L.
                                              Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 07:25 PM

                                              Don't forget about the Fukushima disaster.....they are finding radioactive components in kelp, here in California.....

                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                ns1 Feb 21, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                Mmmmm radioactive kelp

                                                1. re: ns1
                                                  JAB Feb 21, 2014 07:41 PM

                                                  Yea, I saw Radioactive Kelp at The Whiskey. They rocked the house.

                                                2. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                  J.L. Feb 21, 2014 07:34 PM

                                                  Can't do much about that. The school district on Mars is still not up to my strict standards yet.

                                                  1. re: J.L.
                                                    Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 07:36 PM

                                                    Nope. No we can't. Just sayin.....

                                          2. re: wienermobile
                                            Dommy Feb 21, 2014 10:45 AM

                                            They are fried, Cazon is one of the typical fish used in fish tacos in Mexico. More flavor, which holds up to the batter and toppings better... It is on the Mercury watch list as noted below, but since I'm careful with all the other seafood I have and live in a 110 year old house anyway, it's worth the risk for me for the occassional treat.


                                            1. re: Dommy
                                              J.L. Feb 21, 2014 10:48 AM

                                              Great counterpoint. Enough, in fact, for me to abandon caution to the wind and go get me some Ricky's!

                                              1. re: J.L.
                                                JAB Feb 21, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                Waiting for mine as we speak.

                                                Wow, as if Ricky's regular fish tacos could be any better. Well, for me the shark is better, the shark is more firm and with a better fish flavor but, in a good way. A more masculine taco if you will

                                                1. re: JAB
                                                  Dommy Feb 21, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                  Wish I could be there... I'm at home... working... sick... sipping on tea and eating a really bad Chia Pod. :/


                                                  1. re: JAB
                                                    TheOffalo Feb 21, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                    Did they mention if they'd have it tomorrow or Sunday?

                                                    1. re: TheOffalo
                                                      JAB Feb 21, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                      I'm sorry, I didn't ask.

                                                      1. re: JAB
                                                        wienermobile Feb 22, 2014 09:31 AM

                                                        Shark tacos this weekend... todays tweet "Hola Everyone! Shark weekend Contnues, we'll be Serving 2day sat. 11a to 5p Fish/shrimp/Angelito tacos, salsas y frescas. Ricky"

                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                          TheOffalo Feb 23, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                          This morning's tweet does not mention shark. Oh well.

                                                          Does anyone know what kind of shark he uses, mako, dogfish, etc?

                                                          1. re: TheOffalo
                                                            JAB Feb 23, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                            Angelito Shark as wienermobile stated.

                                                            1. re: JAB
                                                              Servorg Feb 23, 2014 04:59 PM


                                                            2. re: TheOffalo
                                                              JAB Feb 23, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                              It's not the super firm fleshed type of shark that you think of when you think of a shark steak.

                                                              1. re: JAB
                                                                kevin Feb 23, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                I'm fonna have to try out those fish tacos.

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