Best Fish Taco in Los Angeles & Recipe

Rubio's Fish Tacos

With so many taco stands, shops, restaurants, and trucks in Los Angeles, it is hard to pinpoint which is the absolute best. I don’t have an exact count, but you could probably eat at a different taco/ Mexican place for an entire year and not eat at the same one. So, when Annie and Lorenzo were in town earlier last month, Bob and I tried to narrow down the selection and play tour guide to a few of our favorites.

Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

Our first stop was to Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. From the name you would gather that they are pretty proud of their fish tacos, and you could also assume that their tacos are a similar style to those from Ensenada.  And, you’d be right. The owner went down to Ensenada and asked the locals for a recommendation for a good fish taco. Every single person pointed to the same taco stand, where there were about 20 or so people standing up with tacos in their hands, enjoying the BEST fish taco. The owner decided to model his restaurant/taco stand after that same one in Ensenada. And, after tasting them, I’d agree they were pretty awesome.

The menu is simple, with only three items. Fish taco- $1.75, Shrimp taco- $2.25 and a drink- $1.00. We ordered one fish and one shrimp (obviously) and sampled several of their salsas.  I liked the tacos but loved the salsas, especially the spicy mango salsa.

Our next stop, one of Bob’s favorite, was Rubio’s World Famous Fish Taco. To say that we eat Rubio’s fish tacos often would be a huge understatement. We probably eat at Rubio’s once a week. They are absolutely delicious, the batter is crispy and full of flavor and for only $1.50 each, Bob and I can eat lunch for under $10 bucks- that just doesn’t happen in LA!

I’ve talked about Rubio’s on the blog before, but for a “fast food” type of restaurant, this is one of the best. There are four different fresh salsas, fresh cut limes and all tacos are made to order. I love this place and for the money and the taste, I think it might be the best fish taco in Los Angeles.

Rubio's Fish Tacos

If you don’t live in LA, I’ve talked to one Rubio’s employee to help you recrete this taco in your home:

The main ingredients are corn tortilla, fried, beer battered fish, cabbage, a mild salsa and their signature white sauce.

  • Start with your favorite white fish, I like Mahi Mahi (Rubio’s uses Alaskan Pollack).
  • Mix together the beer batter ingredients: 3/4 cup Beer, 3/4 cup Flour, 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Coat fish in batter, add canola oil to a tall pot and allow it to get hot. Add fish and fry for 4-6 minutes. Lay out on paper towels and pat dry.
  • Mix together 1.5 tbsp of yogurt, 1.5 tbsp of mayo, fresh lime juice from one lime and a hint of hot sauce. This will create the white sauce.

To assemble the tacos, add a small amount of white sauce to the tortilla, followed by the fish. Top with mild (or hot, depending on preference) salsa, fresh cabbage and another squeeze of lime juice. Now eat up and enjoy!

Do you live in LA and have a favorite taco I need to try? Where is your favorite?

Happy Taco Tasters: Lorenzo, Jade and Annie

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns TravelMindset.com and iExplore.com.

26 Comments

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    Sheryll

    MMM! I’ve never been to Rubio’s! It sounds so delicious. Thank you for the recommendation.

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    Spencer Spellman

    I’ve got to check this place out on my next visit to L.A. The recipe for the fish itself sounds similar to the one I used, but the white sauce sounds a little different.

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    LA Storage

    I will have to check out both of these places, I love fish tacos!

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Heather

    Aww, I love that you all got to spend time together — and over a shared meal? What could be better?!

    Any chance your travels may take you to the east coast some time soon?

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Annie

    Loved, loved, loved Rubio’s! Like that doesn’t even describe how good it was. On that note, you have no idea how excited I am to use that recipe! Although Australia is getting better with the Mexican (Mad Mex is popping up everywhere and I’ve heard of a couple of others plus Beach Burrito Co. has fish tacos!) it’s just not the same!

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Jeremy Branham

    You know how I feel about Mexican food but these tacos may be worth a try! Believe it or not, I do like Rubio’s but don’t eat there very often.

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Nomadic Samuel

    If you’re looking for a 4th member of the happy taco taster team – where do I sign up??? :)

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Traveling Ted

    There are a ton of Mexican places in Chicago too, so it is helpful to have one where you know will be tasty.

  • Reply September 10, 2011

    flipnomad

    ugghh… why do i end up seeing blog post about food when im hungry LOL… nice find…

  • Reply September 10, 2011

    Cathy Sweeney

    Nothing like a mission to find the best taco in LA! I’m not a big fish taco fan, but would love to find the best beef taco in your town. Fun!

  • Reply September 15, 2011

    Annie

    mmmmm, Tacos looks really good at this time (2:31am)…..but I have no where to go to find it right now (sobs)

  • Reply September 22, 2011

    Bill

  • Reply September 30, 2011

    Laura

    Yummy!

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Lisa

    Jade, this post brought back great memories. Long ago I lived in San Diego and I LOVE Rubio’s fish tacos. Yum! They are the best. So jealous you got to do the taste testing at these great spots!

  • Reply December 10, 2011

    Ron

    great, thanks for ruining my diet. LOL
    now im heading outside to look for a shawarma.

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  • Reply December 16, 2012

    Ayngelina

    Thanks so much for this I am going to try the recipe tonight!

  • Reply March 2, 2013

    Natasha

    Next time you have to try this little fish taco stand type restaurant in Los Feliz on Virgil called Ricky’s Fish Tacos! Its fish taco heaven – and just down the street from my house which became very dangerous after I discovered it!! ;)

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