Find one thing you're good at, and do it well. That seems to be the mantra at Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, Los Feliz's outpost for baja style fish tacos. Inside this little taco shack, you'll find three items on the menu and one of them is soda. The other two are fish tacos and shrimp tacos. I won't bother commenting on whether or not they're the 'best' - but at $1.50 a pop, I'm not sure it even matters.
The table next to us had the right idea, bringing in not only a case of beer but a couple bags of chips. We may have dropped the ball on this trip, but we're stealing their idea next time. As you order, you're likely to run into owner Joseph Cordova working the register or working the guests. Cordova's crispy morsels of fish and shrimp are lightly battered and fried right in front of you. Everything is fresh, made to order and served naked, though a salsa bar lets you do the topping honors yourself. Shredded cabbage, vegetables, and 'magic' cream sauce supplement a non-traditional selection of salsas and even a bowl of hot guacamole (below left). Strike up a conversation with Cordova and you just might be surprised. He sent us out these fried shrimp concoctions (below, right), the only condition being that we let him know how they were. They were awesome.
The tacos themselves were pretty terrific, too. It's clear that they've got it down to a science here - each chunk of seafood is seasoned and fried to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and encased in a warmed corn tortilla. Angela had both the fish and the shrimp, and was hard pressed to pick a favorite, although she may have been a tiny bit more fond of the plump shrimp pieces. We could have ordered more tacos all night, but it was getting close to closing time. Plus, two or three of these bad boys are just enough to sate your appetite.
Best or not, BFTIE serves up an experience well worth the price. If you don't believe us, then take The Flight of the Conchords' word for it:
Video courtesy Sound Bites with Dan Crane.