Of course, when looking for taco gems, Monrovia isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But I did a Google search, read about Baja Mar, and decided to give it a try. It's down Foothill Blvd., almost east enough to be Duarte, in a small shopping center I've only been to once in my life.
It was a Sunday afternoon and there was not a single other customer, despite the fact that fish tacos are only 99 cents on Sundays. This gave me pause. How bad are they if nobody wants them for only a buck each? But then again, it was pouring down rain. Blame it on the rain, I told myself, stealing the title from that fantastic song, the artist of which I can never remember. (The Velvet Underground? The Beach Boys?)
We ordered three fish and two shrimp.
The shrimp tacos were even better. They looked almost identical but the batter was just a touch crispier, the shrimp was just a tad juicier. They don't have any specials on these shrimp tacos, but at $2.20 each they still aren't going to break the bank.
Have I found a new favorite to add to La Estrella and Rosarito? Nah. But I really liked Baja Mar. In addition to liking the food, they were very friendly, the place was clean, and five tacos and two sodas cost us ten bucks (actually $10.05 but I didn't have any change and I gave the guy eleven bucks but he said "Don't worry about it" and slid back the single). I imagine I will return again one day.
But our next taco adventure will probably be in search of a new place.