Well, I simply cannot recall the number of times friends have recommended Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and I have blatantly and stubbornly ignored them. However, two reasons justified my lack of interest; firstly, I loathe fish which means that anything to do with fish automatically loses my attention.
Ultimately, I ignored Ricky’s Twitter feed; a decision I regret because had I not ignored it. I would have known earlier that they also sell shrimp tacos which I love.
Secondly, Ricky’s Fish Tacos old location comprised of a cart and some seats. As a matter of fact, one could have mistaken it for a social gathering of sorts; say a church meeting or a family gathering.
Having recently discovered that Ricky’s Fish Tacos also serves shrimp, I was super excited when I found out that it was back and bigger (after an unfortunate closure at the old location). This time, I had to try it out. So I tagged along one of my co-workers and headed off to the new Ricky’s just to confirm if all the hype is justified.
Ricky’s new location in Silverlake features a sleek silver truck with black accents, and the Ricky’s Fish Tacos logo splashed on the side of the track. The food truck is parked in a small parking lot with several large tents pitched over the seating area. The food truck is also complete with a full-sized deep fryer.
When we got there, it was a bit crowded, but luckily we bumped into none other but the smiling Ricky himself who gracefully took our orders; 2 fish tacos for my coworker and two shrimp tacos for me at $2.50 each.
We couldn’t help but notice the sweet smell of frying food and the huge jugs of fresh homemade agua fresca. Apparently, flavors change now and then and on this specific day the options were hibiscus and watermelon; we both settled on the hibiscus.
We also had the pleasure of watching Ricky himself prepare our orders; something I particularly loved. He uses a special Baja style taco recipe to make his tacos.
The tacos came served with corn tortillas and topped with fresh cabbage and some tasty Pico de gallo. We were given a variety of salsas as well as a thick and creamy mayo sauce to dress our tacos further. I slathered on the green salsa as well as the mayo sauce while my coworker slathered on a smoky chipotle salsa and the mayo sauce.
I must say that Ricky’s Fish Tacos deserves all the praise people are giving it. The tacos were crispy, fresh and perfectly fried; not too weighty and not too oily either.
The shrimp tacos were juicy which I liked while my coworker noted that the battered fish tacos were hands down the best tacos he had ever eaten; apparently, Ricky uses Vietnamese catfish which is not only light but also complements the amazing batter used for coating.
The cabbage and the Pico de Gallo were fresh and made the tacos crunchy. The salsas are also quite well made and luckily, they are self-serve too.
The hibiscus agua fresca was to die for, and we were even more impressed to find out that it was freshly made from pressed hibiscus leaves. Honestly, I hate that I was so late to the Ricky’s Fish Tacos party but at the same, I am glad about visiting his cool and relaxed setting, superb service and simply the best tacos ever.
Ricky’s Fish Tacos
1400 N. Virgil St.
Los Angeles, CA 90027