Made a lunch stop at Tacos La Bufadora in El Monte last Saturday.
I was really pleased with my two fish tacos, classic fried variety -fresh, lightly battered, sans any remnant grease, served w/ a real basic crema sauce, not of the sour/tartar sauce variety, and mild (sweet onion) pico de gallo. Tortillas were the dealmaker-soft and fresh, the antithesis of the bulletproof product found at some of the chains. I'd put them right up there with the San Dimas El Taco Nazo. On the "need-a-napkin??"-scale of 1-10, they were at least a 6.
The mild green salsa was good -S.O. appreciated flavor and identified it as "spicy." Actually, it was mild at best folks. Admittedly I have been blessed with an asbestos tongue, but nary a tastebud was sacrificed on my part. In fact, I ramped mine up a level adding the red salsa -big on smoky red chiles for the kick, with a modest tomato undercurrent - as well as the green. That and some healthy squeezes of lime - good stuff. The refried beans and rice were satisfactory, nothing special, but useful to temper any residual heat.
Probably not worth making a drive across town, but a good place to fill a craving if in the neighborhood.
Tacos La Bufadora
S/W Corner of Santa Anita Blvd./Lower Azusa Road,
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