Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
Ricky’s Fish Tacos
It’s common knowledge by now that (unlike its residents) many of LA’s best restaurants have humble appearances, from strip-mall needles in the SGV haystack and East LA trucks to tiny Van Nuys restaurants wedged between a liquor store and a laundromat. In that vein, then, we’re sending you today to a small, awkwardly shaped parking lot on the Silver Lake/Hollywood border for perhaps the best fish tacos in this city.
Ricky’s Fish Tacos started as a stand and his since upgraded to a slate-gray truck, and he sets up in this lot a few afternoons a week, from about 11 to 4 Wednesday through Sunday. Most days he serves just two items, fish tacos and shrimp tacos, but that’s more than enough – they are the pinnacle of fried seafood, perfectly cooked without being greasy, the batter delicious and impossibly light but somehow still sturdy enough to bear salsa. And those salsas, too, are outstanding – spicy pico de gallo and cabbage, lovely thin crema, and three varieties of blended salsa. The tacos are quite large but also heartbreakingly ethereal, intimidating at first but always gone before you’re ready.
While you have them, though, make sure you enjoy them. Sit in the sun in the parking lot, take in the fresh air and the bustle of the street, and think about how the Clippers will defend the Lillard-Aldridge pick and pop – there are few pleasures more elemental than sun, seafood, and basketball.
1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027; twitter.com/RickysFishTacos