Friday, January 14, 2011
Crammed in amongst the list of usual suspects like La Huasteca, Loteria Grill and Guelaguetza was a place in Duarte called Tacos Ensenada. "The tiny Duarte restaurant is essentially a Baja taco stand backed against the San Gabriel Mountains" begins the first line of the magazine's description. How could I not try that?
My friend Tim and I headed over there around 1 in the afternoon. At the end of a tiny strip mall on Route 66, you could easily miss the joint if you're not paying close attention. Every table was full when we walked in, with a couple people milling about outside waiting for to-go orders, but by the time we both had ordered (which only took a couple minutes) three tables had opened up.
I ordered a fish taco, a shrimp taco and an al pastor; upon being told they were out of al pastor I changed it to a carne asada. Tim ordered the same fish and shrimp tacos as I and added a fish ceviche tostada as well. It took more than ten minutes for the food to be ready but that was no big deal - there were customers coming in every minute and placing orders, and besides, we sat at a table by the window and I enjoyed the sun from the first warm day of the year. (Plus I had time to eat pickled red onions and decide which of the hot sauces on the table I wanted to use.)
I really liked Tacos Ensenada. My three tacos were $5.34 and they filled me up nicely. I would not hesitate to return if I was nearby, but I won't be rushing back. There are still far too many fish taco joints I have to try that are closer to me.
Posted by JustinM at 10:52 AM