Old school tacos used to have little variety, mostly seasoned ground beef with lettuce, tomato and onion in a crunchy tortilla shell. But they’ve come a long way since then, and pretty much anything and everything has been put inside a taco shell. From tripas to pork bellies to cabeza and chivo, anything is fair game when it comes to tacos. Now particularly growing in popularity is the fish taco. What kind of fish? From crustaceans to tuna to swordfish, anything goes. If you happen to live in Los Angeles and have a hankering for a fish taco, check out these five places for the best of the best.
2001 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91504
Regardless of how good the tacos are, sometimes they’re not filling enough. At Costa Azul, the fish taco combo is the way to go if you’re really hungry. They offer two soft shelled tacos packed with your choice of fish or shrimp with a hefty side of beans, rice and salad. The fish in chili sauce is also a contender as is the siete mares soup. All super good, and super filling. The place itself is a little cafeteria style and definitely casual.
459 W. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91204
Once you try the fish tacos at Tacos Cancun you might swear off other kinds of tacos. They dish out big portions for little money, and with lots of flavor. The shrimp tacos are the most popular, with plump grilled shrimp … and plenty of them. The fish tacos are packed with tender, flaky fish with all the necessary toppings. Individual seafood tacos are $2.25, while a combo gives you two tacos with a side of rice, beans and coleslaw for $7.50. Either way, it’s one one the best taco deals in town.
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
For tacos of a different variety, head to La Tostaderia and check out the octopus tacos. Tender, plentiful and topped with a mildly spicy sauce, they will have you wanting more. The fish and shrimp tacos are also pretty good, as are their fish ceviche and tostadas. Located in the Grand Central Market, this place gets very busy on weekends and closes daily at 6 p.m. Fortunately, they open at 8 a.m., so you have plenty of time to get there.
514 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
BS Taqueria (the BS stands for “broken Spanish” in case you were wondering) is new to the scene and already a hit. It seems their street-style tacos have taken a gastropub and turned it to yummy town, delighting everyone who walks through their door. Handmade tortillas and perfectly seasoned meat with a side of rice and beans. But even they have been elevated by seasoning and toasting them to give a little crunch with a bit of zing. Choose from chorizo and papas, carnitas, chicken, bologna, calabacitas, clams and lardo and lengua. It’s a little on the pricy side, but worth it.
171 E. Holt Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Japanese/Mexican fusion is not something you would normally experience. Culichi Roll is the perfect blend of culinary cultures and delivers a short but perfectly executed list of hybrid tacos. The camaron capeado and the pescado capeado are some of the best shrimp and fish tacos you’ll experience. However, it’s the marlin taco that’s all the rage. Nevermind that it’s $4 a pop — it’s well worth the money. All tacos have a quesadilla option as well, in case you’re feeling cheesy.
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