MORE

Ricky's Fish Tacos: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

Many people attribute the magic of Ricky's Fish Tacos to the gloriously makeshift nature of the enterprise — a thrown-together fry station, cash register and collection of tables and chairs in a side yard/parking lot on a nondescript stretch of Virgil Avenue near the Sunset/Hollywood Boulevard split in Silver Lake. But while Ricky's is awfully endearing, thanks to its odd location and hours (three or four days a week, lunch only, weather permitting), and Ricky himself is a smiling charmer of a host, the real treasure here are the tacos. There's Ensenada-style fish and shrimp and sometimes even lobster tacos, but it's the fish that draws you here, its crunchy golden batter giving way to soft white flesh. Super-fresh shredded cabbage and pico de gallo are added for crunch and a little sweetness and acid — it's up to you to add salsa and crema to your satisfaction. So yes, be smug and proud that you live in a city where tacos pop up in the most random locations, but be especially happy that these tacos pop up at all. 1400 N. Virgil Ave., E. Hlywd.; (323) 906-7290. Lunch, most Thurs.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (check twitter.com/RickysFishTacos for info). Fish tacos $2.75. No alcohol.

 

Besha Rodell's Introduction

Anne Fishbein's Photography

The Google Map

 

The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
ink.
Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

Use Current Location

Related Location

miles
Ricky's Fish Tacos

1400 N. Virgil
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >