Is It Any Good?

Good tacos at a good price…in Eagle Rock.

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Sometimes, I get in these moods. These ridiculous super taco-y moods.

Señor Fish is a place that I first hear about through (yes), Anthony Bourdain. This time, via the Layover, where Señor Fish was prominently mentioned.

I started getting a hankering for Señor Fish’s wares, looking at their former Little Tokyo location. But every time I was down there I figured…I’m in Little freakin’ Tokyo. Shouldn’t I be getting Japanese food?

Finally, I remembered. I live near Eagle Rock, near the flagship branch of the franchise. I should be going there…

…and then I remembered the whole…seafood allergy…thing.

How can I, your humble food blogger, go to a place that serves delicious food, but might cause me as an individual respiratory distress.

Then I looked at the menu.

Carnitas, Al Pastor Tacos, Potato Tacos

Oh, I am so there.

Like I said, Taco-y moods. They just come over me.

Señor Fish is actually a lovely little location. It’s looks like someone’s house they’ve taken over, having guests in the dining room, the front yard, the back yard, etc. It gives the place the vibe of a backyard barbecue.

Still, the Salsa Bar and the fact that they take Visa might disabuse you of that notion.

But hey, we’re close to Occidental College (former Alma Mater of President Obama), and it’s the policy of Is It Any Good’s worldwide publishing empire (just the one location) to approve of good food near College Campuses, because it’ll be inexpensive.

And good too. Damn this Sangria is awesome.

It’s a walk in, step up to the counter and order kind of a place. Looking at it from the outside, you’d swear it was tiny and compact. Hell, the day I walked up, I swore it was closed. (Then again, it was cloudy and no one was sitting outside…at least at first glance.)

But it’s a fun place, more importantly, it’s a comfortable place.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I probably should have gotten more of a taco plate, but those only come with two Tacos, and I wanted to try three.

A Potato Taco, a Carnitas Taco and an Al Pastor Taco at Senor Fish.

The Tacos I got were the Potato, the Carnitas and the Al Pastor. I liked all three, but the Al Pastor stood head and shoulders above the rest.

The Potato comes in a crispy deep fried shell, and was layer with a decent helping of fluffy potatoes. Very tasty for a vegetable that might dull the taste of the other ingredients.

The Carnitas is, of course, stewed Pork, and put into a small tortilla with salsa, cilantro, tomato and onion. Very well done.

The Al Pastor is chunks of roasted Pork, with the usual suspects. The Pork was so delicious, I could have had it on a plate all by itself. Squeeze a little lemon. Enter heaven.

And the Sangria? Oh, the Sangria. It’s heavenly. It’s not like they reinvented the wheel or anything, but this is the first Sangria I’ve had in a while where the taste of fruit overwhelms the taste of alcohol and wine. They have really good looking Agua Frescas here, but that Sangria man…oh, Lord…

The Sangria at Senor Fish.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Gotta say, nothing too unusual here at Señor Fish. Then again, they’ve been in business long enough to know better, so…

 

PARKING: Not bad, but not as many places as you think, given the number of tables they have. Señor Fish’s Eagle Rock location is based out of an old, large house repurposed for retail. It has it’s own lot in back, and I’d say there’s about nine spaces. When I pulled up there was only the one available, so I got real lucky.

The next alternative is to park along Norwalk Ave. Keep it in mind, it’s a residential area, so mind the Parking signs.

You can also try to park along Eagle Rock Blvd., but it’s been my experience that a majority of those spaces will be taken up as well. Be prepared for a mild hike if you go this route.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Señor Fish (Eagle Rock)
4803 N. Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tel: (323) 257-7167

Hours:
Sunday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday-Wednesday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm