Jonathan Gold’s Picks for Where to Find a Taste of Baja in Los Angeles

Tacos Baja Ensenada on Whittier Blvd. Photo: Food GPS
Tacos Baja Ensenada on Whittier Blvd. Photo: Food GPS

We traveled to Mexico to bring you this week’s episode of Good Food. After hearing about the uni tostadas and beer battered fish tacos – we thought you might want to know where you can find a taste of Baja this side of the border. So we asked Jonathan Gold to give us a run down of where to get Baja style eats in Los Angeles. Given our close proximity to Tijuana, it’s surprising there isn’t a stronger Baja influence in the Mexican food in LA. However, Jonathan says there are a few key places where you can get your fix:


Tacos Baja Ensenada: This is Jonathan’s pick for the best fish tacos in Los Angeles.

Ricky’s Fish Tacos: Another contender for the best fish taco in LA, follow Ricky on twitter for his location.

Taco Nazo: A decent chain in South LA serving fish and shrimp tacos.

Mexicali Taco & Co: Mexicali Taco serves carne asada and al pastor in four tortillas that they pick up in Mexicali several times a week. They are known for their vampiros which contain melted cheese and resemble quesadillas.

Petty Cash Taqueria: A collaboration between Chef Walter Manzke, restaurateur Bill Chait and StreetGourmetLA’s Bill Esparza, Petty Cash is the new wave of Baja cuisine in LA. Esparza invited Tijuana chef Guillermo “Oso” Campos Moreno of Tacos Kokopelli fame to contribute to the menu, and Manzke (who grew up in San Diego and has fond memories of going to concerts and eating tacos across the border) brings his French training and love of Tijuana street food to the table. Expect tacos with heritage pork carnitas and prime beef carne asada.

Listen to his conversation with Evan below:

  • Robert Flores

    Great story! But its Tacos Baja not Tacos Bahia! Also they have 99 cent fish tacos on Wednesdays, so if you don't want to wait an even longer line than normal don't go on Wednesdays!! But the Baja Taco with fish and shrimp on a flour tortilla is my favorite! Also incredible beans!!

  • Miles Martin

    Hole' Mole' on PCH in Long Beach is authentic not only for the fish tacos but the price. $1.69 for baja fish tacos every day. $1 after 8pm. $1.25 on Tuesdays. The fish torta is crazy good as well.

  • Tony Prado

    Best Fish Taco in Ensenada on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. DAM GOOD TACOS!

  • OMG! He finally got it right this time. The grilled fish tacos are the absolute best. The long lines around the block are totally worth the wait!

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