Ricky's Fish Tacos

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Fish tacos at Ricky's Fish Tacos
Los Angeles

It's only a small exaggeration to say that when Ricky Piña tweeted that he was temporarily shutting down his Los Feliz fish taco stand, a good segment of the Twitterverse nearly had a meltdown. Ricky’s fish tacos ($2.75)— beautifully battered slabs of basa (a catfish), gently fried and topped with strips of cabbage, crema and salsa—are not just the best Ensenada-style fish tacos in Los Angeles, but arguably one of the best tacos this side of the border, period. It was an enormous relief, then, when Ricky began popping back up at various locations around town. Frying up his fish and shrimp tacos in parking lots (and tweeting his locations along the way), it’s business as usual.

Venue name: Ricky's Fish Tacos
Address: 1400 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles

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Kate W
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I remember meeting Ricky when he was serving up fried fish tacos out of a teeny, tiny street cart on the corner of Sanborn and Santa Monica. Since then he's found a permanent location, hired a friendly, tireless staff and gussied up with a bonafide food truck. You can find him across from the Vons on Virgil slinging hot, fresh fish shrimp (and sometimes lobster, if you're lucky) tacos topped with fresh pico de gallo and all the sauce you want (spicy red, mild green and crema, so much crema). His horchata is creamy and his aguas frescas are refreshing (my favorite is the cucumber mint). Ricky himself isn't around as much anymore, but if you do catch him at the fryer, he's always got a smile on his face, and if you're a frequent customer, you just may get a free fish taco.

Kelly Wine

Started going to Ricky's Fish Tacos when they were on Virgil. Waited anxiously after their brief shutdown. We've been frequenting his new permanent China Town location (1100 N. Main). Check him out on Twitter for hours. His normal hours are Saturday/Sunday 11:30am - 4:30pm. Great, great, great!!! ~~~ By the way, save room after his fish tacos and drop by CHIMNEY COFFEE in the same center. Try their great Brick Toasts and delicious coffees and teas. One of the better coffee houses in Los Angeles.