I had my first fish taco about 15 years ago in Ensenada, Mexico. Sitting at that taco stand in the fish market in Ensenada & having a 1/2 dozen fish taco's & several cokes (in the glass bottles, mind you) for like $5 is really pretty hard to beat.
I have been to Rubio's & Wahoo's since, and they just didn't quite do it for me.
Next up was Senor Fish in Eagle Rock. Their Ensenada Fish Taco is a variation of the ones in Ensenada - they add quacomole and other things, but wow, it really is awesome. They are very messy & hard to eat though. It's hard to find the tortillas with everything they pile on there. I've been to this Senor Fish maybe 7-8 times. It also has some character. Outdoor seating mostly amongst the trees. But I know L.A. has a lot to offer so I did some exploring today.
I was in Whittier for work, and after some searching online, decided to eat at not one, but two, popular fish taco places.
First, Taco Nazo on Garvey in South El Monte. Weird location in a strip mall with lots of Asian restaurants. This is really a hole in the wall. I ordered 2 of the fish tacos (about 1:00) when things were fairly busy, but there were some open seats. Wow, these were great & messy. Great stuff.
Then, I went to Tacos Baja Ensenada (about 3:00). It's always a bit dangerous getting fish tacos when the restaurant is not busy, and the fish may have been sitting out awhile. I learned that lesson in Rosarito, Mexico, where I ate fish tacos @ a local spot when things were packed & absolutely loved it, and then went back the next day during a slow time, and the fish was soggy, and nasty. You need that high turnover.
Anyway, the tacos were actually quite good at Tacos Baja Ensenada. However, they were a little skimpy on the sauce, cabbage, etc. so it was slightly on the dry side. Easier to eat, but still I'd rather have it piled high.
So after all this, what is my favorite? Truly, I like them all, but I think Senor Fish is my fav. They don't have as much fish & are incredibly messy, but the taste is just so great, even if it is a little different then the real thing in Ensenada.
Has anyone else actually tried fish tacos at Senor Fish, Tacos Baja Ensenada, Taco Nazo, and in Ensenada? What is your favorite?