Wednesdays are a very good day to visit East L.A.
The reason –– 99 cent fish tacos!
Mo and I headed over to Whittier Blvd in East Los Angeles midday Wednesday. An ideal time for driving through our congested city. There was no traffic at all –– except for the traffic inside Tacos Baja Ensenada.
Tacos Baja Ensenada is the the Mecca of fish tacos in Los Angeles. Usually very crowded at lunchtime, it was more packed than I had ever seen it. Not surprisingly –– a 99 cent fish taco is quite the deal!
Fortunately, the line moved quickly.
It was not long before we had our order. We each selected a shrimp and fish taco combo, and we shared the ceviche mixto. And, at this point, you should be asking what were they thinking?
That ceviche bar always calls out to me, but I've learned it's best to turn a deaf ear. This time the ceviche was no good at all. It may have been the imitation crab, but something tasted wrong –– a little antiseptic or metallic. Either way, this is not what you want your seafood to taste like, especially if it has only been cooked through the chemistry of citrus and salt. We couldn't eat it.
I remember liking the rice and beans in the past, but honestly they are irrelevant. Bland and pointless –– you do not need a combo. Mo really liked the shrimp taco, and so did I, but the star here is definitely the fish taco.
The tacos are bursting with fish, and the fish is fresh and clean-tasting, encased in an ultra-crisp batter. A squirt of lime juice is all you need to add to the crema-cloaked package.
Eat your tacos quickly before everything gets soggy! These are outstanding.
And if you are a crazed chile maniac like me, take a bite of the addictive lightly-roasted yellow chiles after each bite of taco. I adore these chiles! I crave them! They're not too spicy, so you don't have to stop!
Yes, Wednesday is the ticket. Fish tacos and yellow chiles. You don't need to order anything else. You can leave Tacos Baja Ensenada fully sated for about five bucks.
Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022