Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ricky's Fish Tacos

I DISCOVERED Ricky's Fish Tacos last week, and it was one of the most delicious meals I've had in a while in addition to being something completely unique to Los Angeles. Ricky's Fish Tacos is located at 1400 N Virgil Ave in Silver Lake, but driving by one might not even know it exists. It is tucked away in the corner of what appears to be either a driveway or small parking lot, and has no walls, both physically and metaphorically. When I went, Ricky's was a two man operation under a tent with a few tables and chairs nearby. There are two types of tacos available, fish and shrimp, both topped with cabbage. After you pick up your order, you go to the middle of the table and dress them however you want with mayo-sauce, salsa and pico de gallo. All of the ingredients are extremely fresh tasting, and the fish and shrimp are fried there right in front of you.

The humble nature of Ricky's Fish Tacos as well as the high caliber taste of the food that makes the experience so worthwhile. It is the kind of place where everyone is welcome. When I was there I saw both white-collar business types and blue-collar workers enjoying the same meal, sitting in talking in the same space. Even some celebrities such as comedian Aziz Ansari are regularly customers here. My friend and I ended up sitting at a table with some strangers and chatting throughout the course of our lunch about  the food, how great the experience was and the City of Los Angeles itself.

Even though we only came here on a whim, it turned out to be a very fulfilling experience that I cannot wait to have again. Even though Ricky's is a tiny place, it means more to the city than just another tiny taco stand. It is a place where people of all backgrounds can unite under one unifier - delicious food.

-- Derek Dellovo
photo credit - LAist

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