15: Fish Taco from Ricky's Fish Tacos.
There's so much to love about Ricky's Fish Tacos" target="_blank">Ricky's: Ricky Piña himself, who couldn't find good enough Ensenada-style fish tacos in L.A. to satisfy him, so he started making them himself. The location, in a parking lot on Virgil Ave. -- if you didn't know better, you'd drive by and assume you were witnessing a backyard get together and not a place of commerce. The fleeting nature of the operation: Ricky fries when he wants, usually Thurs.-Sun., and the act of having caught him here doling out his tacos, the feeling of luck as you stand in the parking lot and wait for your taco, makes it all the more magical (follow him on Twitter for updates on when he's serving).
But of course, the main thing to love is the tacos themselves. Delicate, crispy fish in a warm flour tortilla with crunchy cabbage and pico de gallo. You can customize yours with as much or as little creamy white sauce and spicy salsa as you want. Some days there's shrimp tacos, which are delicious as well, but it's the regular fish version that makes our hearts go pitty-pat.
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