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gained a reputation for being an authority on foods south of the border. So when I felt the craving for a good fish taco, I searched his blog for a recommendation. From his article, "Tacos Task Force: LA's Best Baja Fish Taco", I decided to drive to East L.A. and Tacos Baja Ensenada.
Tacos Baja Ensenada was born in East L.A. when the owner, Martin, started making fish tacos for some of his neighbors. The fish tacos were so delicious that Martin's neighbors persuaded him to open up a formal shop. Today, this shop has spawned two more restaurants: one in Glendora and one in Whittier. Though fish tacos remain the star, other popular menu items include shrimp tacos, burritos, seafood cocktails, ceviche, and caldos (soups).
What I ate: 1) Four fish tacos (0.99 USD each on Wednesdays; normally 1.59 USD) - battered and fried halibut fillet wrapped in corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, crema, and house pico de gallo. 2) Regular orange soda (1.29 USD).
The fish tacos were excellent. The battered and fried fish were cooked perfectly and the filling was generous but not overpowering. A fork is indispensable for spilled contents, which you won't be able to avoid when biting into a taco.
What I enjoyed most of all were the chiles gueros from the condiment bar: roasted yellow chiles garnished with lime and chile salt. The chiles were mild and the lime juice and chile salt brought out the flavor of the chiles already deepened by the roasting process.
I am such a goon. I spilled a bunch of Guacamaya hot sauce on my pants trying to open it. Note to self: NEVER open a condiment bottle away from the table! Fortunately, the sauce dried to a faint stain after I cleaned it up a bit.
Parking: There's a small parking lot in rear, which gets jammed when the restaurant is busy. At such times, I suggest parking on one of the adjoining streets, like Oakford Drive (Tacos Baja is at the corner of Whittier Boulevard and Oakford).
The Bill: 5.76 USD!
My Rating: out of four stars (excellent). Open Monday, 10AM to 8 PM, and Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 9PM. VISA/MC accepted. www.tacosbaja.us
time. In the end, visiting the carrier wasn't worth standing around in lines and getting sunburned in the process.
Last Word: Moreish fish tacos for a buck each. Is there anything better?
I had lunch with "SC" and "EM" from church at Tacos Baja yesterday. This is what I got:
1. Tostada de Ceviche de Pescado (2.25 USD): Baja-style ceviche. Very good. The ceviche worked in tandem with the buttery avocado very well.
2. Combo #1 Dos Tacos de Pescado (5.50 USD): Two fish tacos, rice, beans, and soda. The fish tacos were da bomb! The rice and beans were good but not great. I wish I had ordered three or four of the fish tacos instead of getting the plate.
The gueros were to die for. I think I would sneak into Tacos Baja from time to time just to snack on a couple of them!
I think "SC" and "EM" enjoyed the fish tacos.
If you've never been to Tacos Baja Ensenada (East L.A., Whittier, Glendora), go, go, GO!
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