Ricky's Fish Tacos. The name of the popular spot explains why I have declined many an excited text and tweet about a taco meet-up: fish. Because of this terrifying word, I long neglected to look at Ricky's Fish Tacos' Twitter feed. If I had, I would have seen that they also serve shrimp--a seafood I love and will eat in any incarnation. Whoops.
Deciding to make up for lost time, I recently visited RFT's new location in Silverlake.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by smiles, the bubbling sounds of frying food and enormous jugs of brilliantly colorful, homemade agua fresca (on this day, the flavors were watermelon and hibiscus). The casual, cheerful atmosphere perfectly suited my lazy Sunday vibe, and we happily ordered two shrimp tacos (for me, $2.50 each) and two fish tacos (for J, also $2.50 each) and took a seat.
To his fish tacos, J drizzled on the mayo sauce and a smoky chipotle salsa.
The superlative praise lavished on Ricky's Fish Tacos is deserved: these are no joke. The batter which coats the fish and shrimp is suprisingly light and, despite being fried, the tacos are neither weighty nor greasy. The cabbage and pico de gallo add a firm crunch to the tacos, and the salsas are all uniquely flavorful. Although I do not particularly love mayo, the cool, creamy sauce provided the finishing touch on both the shrimp and fish tacos (or so I'm told, with the latter).
I weep to only learn now that Ricky's Fish Tacos sells more seafood than the kind mentioned in its name.
Ricky's Fish Tacos
1400 N. Virgil St.
Los Angeles, CA 90027