I was craving a good fish taco and looked up the thread on fish tacos from a few months ago. I decided to give El Taco Nazo in Norwalk (on Firestone near Imperial Hwy.) a try as it's relatively close to where I live. Unforunately, it's no longer there, replaced instead by yet another Alberto's clone called Albert's.
Fortunately, I looked up El Taco Nazo on Yellow.com before I left and remembered that there was another location nearby on Telegraph Rd. in Santa Fe Springs (13128 E. Telegraph). This outpost (#12) is located in one of those non-descript semi-industrial zones.
I ordered two fish tacos and a shrimp taco - both are quite reasonably priced ($1.25 for fish and $1.89 for shrimp). These are the traditional Ensenada-style tacos with the fish dipped in batter, fried, and served in two corn tortillas with chopped cabbage, cilantro, and crema, plus some diced tomatoes. The tacos are made to order, and the batter was so hot that I had a wait a few minutes for the tacos to cool down enough that I could pick them up.
The fish tacos, while much better than the pre-fab fare at Rubio's, were just okay - the biggest disappointment was the fish itself, which was rather mushy and flavorless. The batter was nicely crisp, although there was a bit too much of it. The crema and other toppings were excellent, especially with a few added shots of Tapatio sauce, but a fish taco should really be about the fish.
The shrimp taco was much better - plump, crunchy shrimp - but again there was too much batter. About maybe half a dozen shrimp were clustered together in a big hunk of batter. It was good, but nothing worth going out of your way for. Maybe the other locations are better . . .
Fortunately, the whole meal cost less than $5, and Renu Nakorn is almost around the corner, so I satisfied my desire for deliciousness with an order of Nua Dad Deaw and Larb Koong.
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