If I want to treat myself to something special on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I drive over to Tacos Baja Ensenada, an East LA taco stand which serves the best fish tacos I have ever eaten. These are Baja-style tacos; fresh fish coated in the most delicious batter, deep fried to a golden crisp and then served on top of two warm corn tortillas with crispy shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa and fresh crema. They are out of this world! Equally good are the shrimp tacos, which are the same as the fish ones, but made with battered and fried plump, succulent shrimp. If you’re looking for some citrus or extra spice, a condiment bar provides you with unlimited limes, grilled peppers and radishes.

Although I go mainly for the fish and shrimp tacos, Tacos Baja Ensenada (or “TBE” to its friends) has other excellent offerings that you will want to try including yummy fresh ceviche and shrimp tostadas and amazing fresh seafood cocktails. I also love their horchata (sweet rice drink). The prices for such heavenly dishes are incredibly low. A combo with two tacos, beans, rice and a soda will cost you only $5.00. If you come on a Wednesday, tacos are only 99 cents. Not surprisingly, TBE is a very popular joint and there is always a line. But don’t worry, Amigo, it moves very fast and in no time you will be enjoying hot, crunchy, salty awesomeness.

Tacos Baja Ensenada is located at 5385 Whittier Blvd in Los Angeles (East LA). They have two additional locations; one in Whittier and one in Glendora.

Tostada Ceviche de Pescado

Tostada de Camaron Entero

Cocktail Camaron (Shrimp Cocktail)

Limes, Grilled Peppers, Radishes and Horchata

Always a line!

Worth the trip to East LA

Tacos Baja Ensenada on Urbanspoon
Tacos Baja Ensenada on Urbanspoon
Tacos Baja on Urbanspoon
Tacos Baja on Urbanspoon


Filed under East LA, Glendora, Whittier

9 Responses to Barrio-Fabulous

  1. Margot

    Those tacos look AWESOME…I have to go!

  2. jin

    i still have to try it! so far have only been to best fish tacos in ensenada on hillhurst but this place looks legit. i want a shrimp cocktail to go with my fish taco. have you tried ricky’s fish taco? i heard it’s amazing.

    • ConsumingLA

      I haven’t tried Ricky’s but will check it out. I went to Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada on Hillhurst recently but was grossed out because the woman who takes your money touches your food with her bare hands without washing first!

  3. JChambers

    I just moved around the corner from Ricky’s – I’ve walked the dog over there like 6 times in the month since I’ve moved. You have to try it – Ricky’s lovely and check out his twitter because sometimes he has lobster, which is equally amazing. FB me and Forbes and I will meet you over there!

  4. omw

    Thanks to the commenters who mentioned Ricky’s Tacos. I checked it out at lunch today and it was DELICIOUS!

  5. Chet Kronenberg

    I checked out Tacos Baja Ensenada on Sunday. Wow! Fabulous. Worth the trip.

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