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

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. A happy day in Taco Town!

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

        1. re: linus

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

            1. re: kevin

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

              1. re: linus

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

                1. re: wienermobile

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

        2. Wow, this is great new wiener.

          You are always at the forefront of the updates.

          Thanks buddy.

          1. Thanks, great news, especially the weekday lunch part.

            1. 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?)

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

                1. It's a Christmas miracle!

                  1. 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

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

                    2. does the crema have mayo or is it sour cream?

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                      1. re: jessejames

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

                        1. re: jessejames

                          I'm with you there on that one buddy.

                          1. re: jessejames

                            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):

                            http://chefpablos.com/restaurant-reci...

                            1. re: ilysla

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

                              1. re: jessejames

                                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

                                    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...

                                    http://foro.univision.com/t5/Show-Amo...

                                    --Dommy!

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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!

                                          --Dommy!

                                          1. re: Dommy

                                            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

                                              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....

                                              --Dommy!

                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                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

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

                                          2. re: chrishei

                                            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

                                              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.

                                              --Dommy!

                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                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

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

                                    2. re: jessejames

                                      Last week, the sign by the condiments called it "mayo." I used it, but not without some nervousness, given that's it's sitting outside with no bucket of ice or chilling element of any kind.

                                      1. re: Wayno

                                        Gnarly either way for this hound!
                                        But thanks for warning. I held the crema last time. I liked Ricky's but i like señor fish too

                                        1. re: Wayno

                                          " I used it, but not without some nervousness, given that's it's sitting outside with no bucket of ice or chilling element of any kind."

                                          No need to be overly anxious about this issue.

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452512

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

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                                        1. re: wienermobile

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

                                        2. 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

                                            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.

                                              Mercury is rising ???????

                                              Are we not supposed to eat sharks ?

                                              Just like whale meat ?????

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                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.

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

                                                    1. re: ns1

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

                                                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                              2. re: wienermobile

                                                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.

                                                --Dommy!

                                                1. re: Dommy

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

                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                    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

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

                                                      --Dommy!

                                                      1. re: JAB

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

                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                Angelito Shark as wienermobile stated.

                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

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

                                                                  1. re: JAB

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

                                                  2. I'm sad to report that I had my 1st sub par experience at Ricky's today. The fish was lukewarm at best where my previous experiences have all been smoking hot right from the fryer.

                                                    1. Ricky's has Puerto Nuevo style lobsters today! Had one yesterday, was fantastic! The half Pacific lobster tail was huge, the fixins were good (the flour tortilla was excellent), and the price was fair, $16.

                                                      http://instagram.com/p/n1WjDxg-n5/
                                                      http://instagram.com/p/n1XiQKA-pT/

                                                       
                                                       
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                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                        so jelly. saw it on twitter but don't have time to make it out this weekend.

                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                          ALMOST makes me wish I was down there working today.

                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                              I aw the photo on twitter too and was SO sad to miss it... I was also SALIVATING for that tortilla... looks like a real Baja one... omg.

                                                              --Dommy!

                                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                                If we didn't have Mother's Day brunch at Littlefork reserved, I would have gone back for round two today. If they offer it again, I'd definitely pounce on it.

                                                            2. What kind of fish is being served in the tacos ?

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                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                  I've never had it. I was reading it's a type of catfish.