Ricky's Fish Tacos

Restaurants , Street food East Hollywood
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Ricky's Fish Tacos
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Fish tacos at Ricky's Fish Tacos

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
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Address: 1400 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles
90027
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Eric L
tastemaker

I almost don't want to review and/or discuss Ricky's so as to prevent faux foodie fiends from finding Ricky and his sacred truck. However, I suppose anyone reading Time Out already knows about Ricky's and it's always nice to support a small, local business.


This was one of the first meals I consumed upon arriving in LA four years ago. I've since passed on that tradition to a few others. Honestly, whenever I'm in Los Feliz midday, Ricky's is the only thought on my mind. The tacos are legitimately that good. As I type this, my mouth is watering and people are staring.


I know you're thinking: "I'm lame and I don't like fish tacos. I'm not sure why I'm even reading this right now. I'm allergic to fish." To that, my response would be: "I don't think you can be allergic to fish and you're a liar. But if so, suck it up, bring your EpiPen and eat these immediately."


Seriously: order three fish tacos - they're crispy, fresh, flavorful, and tender (did I just accidentally describe a Hot Pocket?). They're everything you want them to be. Add crema, of course. I've eaten a lot of fish tacos and these are the best of the best. The recipe must include crack and I'll try my best to replicate it one day when I'm not in Los Angeles anymore!

Kate W
moderator

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.