The Feesh, He Eez Calling Me
422 E. 1st Street (Little Tokyo location)
Phone: 213-625-0566 | map
4803 Eagle Rock Blvd. (Eagle Rock location)
Phone: 323-257-7167 | map
Websites (neither very useful) 1 | 2
Too often I neglect the seafood of Pacific-side Mexico. All manner of pescado and camarones dishes escape my attention in favor of addictive beef and pork dishes. Yet the gilled, sombrero-toting hombre lounging on the hook is very understanding, and helps me to overcome this shameful dereliction of piscivorean duty.
Some reviewers say that the tacos are "smallish." I'm not terribly sure what they mean; I've seen smaller. The Ensenada-style fish taco is perfectly battered, lightly roofed with cabbage and guacamole, and has a lush aftertaste. The shrimp taco looks similar but of course has the slight toothsome bitterness of good shrimp.
The ringleader of this icthyo-themed circus is the ponderous Callo de Hacha, the scallop burrito (although they have highly recommended scallop tacos too). Dense, warm and loving like a heavyset abuela, its half-dollar-sized scallops are a little softer and have less snap than scallop sashimi. I find myself exhaustedly, helplessly eating beyond the "Comfortably Full" marker.
The salsa bar has a lot of goodies, including a white sauce for your fish tacos, a marmalade-esque medium red, and a pumpkin-colored nemesis. They do have addictive beef and pork dishes, too, if you're fish-avoidant.
The Little Tokyo location is a dingy little corner restaurant, that recently expanded and cleaned itself up so that it's a dingy little corner restaurant with a trendy cantina attached. Oddly enough the restaurant isn't open terribly late (about 9pm) despite the music and drinks next door.
The Eagle Rock location is a Craftsman house, painted olive green and cornflower blue, surrounded by a beautiful tree-shrouded patio. There are other Señor Fishes (or, um, Los Señores Fish?) in South Pasadena, Alhambra, and Duarte. Please go introduce yourself.
( Categories: Cuisines (by Region), Mexican, East Side/Downtown, Glendale/Atwater/Eagle Rock, Seafood )
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