Up until now, if you lived on the Westside and craved a proper Baja-style taco, your choices were severely lacking. Which is why anyone looking for a solid fish taco anywhere west of the 405 has made a beeline to Tacos Punta Cabras, a small taco shop in Santa Monica, which was opened by Josh Gil and Daniel Snukal. Both are chefs who have cooked in some of the finest restaurants in the city yet — logically — wanted to open up a place where they cook food they actually wanted to eat. Thus: Baja-style tacos. The fish taco here, in particular, is fantastic, a lightly tempura–battered fish, fried to a delicate crisp, topped with just a bit of cabbage and enveloped by a freshly made corn tortilla. There are still lots of reasons to cross the 405, but getting your hands on a great fish taco is no longer one of them. 2311 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 917-2244, facebook.com/TacosPuntaCabras. —Tien Nguyen

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