Being Mexican-American and growing up in Los Angeles has made me privy to some of the best tacos outside of Mexico. From ordering carne asada tacos con mi abuelita as a kid to hitting up Taco Zone after a late night at the Echo, I have always felt fortunate to have such delicious street food at my fingertips. Though I was born and raised in a taco wonderland, it wasn't until my mid 20s that I discovered the glory of mariscos, particularly tacos prepared Ensenada-style. I can still remember my first fish taco moment, which involved me indulging in a crispy breaded concoction at Senor Fish in Alhambra. From that moment, I was forever changed. This year, I’ve been on a quest for what I think is the perfect summer fish taco. Usually all you need is $5 in your pocket for this, the perfect meal. Check out my fish taco roundup and pair yours with an agua fresco, Pacifico or Mexican Coke; I guarantee the combination will lead to a refreshing afternoon.
by Fashion Intel's Natalie James.
1. Senor Fish
Growing up in Alhambra I frequented the local Senor Fish on Main Street. While my mother regularly ordered fish tacos at this establishment, I was less daring and I always settled on the carne asada variety. Now that my palette has matured and my tastes widened, I head on over to Senor Fish with pescado in mind. Although I still love hitting up this chain in Alhambra, I prefer to travel to Eagle Rock now as their Senor Fish has a bit more to offer. Why the little drive? Because at this spot on Eagle Rock Boulevard you can enjoy your fish tacos whilst drinking your afternoon away with cheap margaritas or sangria on their enjoyable shaded patio.
Bonus: All the Mexican crema you can eat at their condiments bar!
Senor Fish, 4803 Eagle Rock Boulevard (at Norwalk Avenue); 323-257-7167.
2. Taco Nazo
Jonathan Gold always gives major props to Garvey Avenue in South El Monte for their incredible Pho houses, but I often drive on down to this unofficial restaurant row to enjoy a late night fish taco at Taco Nazo. This bright and decorative spot has been serving up some tasty fish tacos since 1978 and it's easy to tell that you'll soon be partaking of some delicious food once you swing open their door. Order some fish tacos and say hello to a plate of hand battered Alaskan Pollock topped with crispy cabbage, pico de gallo and crema. Don't forget to check out their salsa bar where you can load up on pickled carrots and jalapeños. They have bottled beer available which is a great companion to these crunchy bites.
Bonus: Don't want to miss your favorite novela? They've got you covered with two TVs usually set to Telemundo and Univision.
Taco Nazo, 9516 South Garvey Avenue (at Rosemead Boulevard); 626-442-5671.
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