Tacos Baja is in the Los Angeles area and is inspired by the coastal city of Ensenada in Baja California. It specializes in seafood, and popular choices include fish tacos, shrimp tacos, shrimp cocktails, and ceviche tostadas, all prepared with roasted yellow ‘chiles gueros’ and lightly sprinkled with red chili powder. The menu is short, simple, and fuss-free, which makes it a great place for enjoying casual snacks with friends or grabbing something quick to eat on the go.
With eateries in both San Diego and La Jolla, as well as a joint set to soon open in Irvine, Puesto is one of the top places in the state to enjoy fish tacos. It’s known for award-winning tacos and delicious Mexican street food made with all-natural meat, sustainable seafood, and local organic greens. Fish taco options include octopus, swordfish, tuna, lobster, beer-battered cod, and shrimp. The menu also has a good amount of meat and vegetarian choices, as well as soups, specialty salsas and guacamoles, salads, bowls, sides, and desserts. If you plan on returning, be sure to check out Puesto’s loyalty system for free tacos, discounts, and other rewards.
Bull Taco is in the city of Encinitas in San Diego County, half-way between San Diego and Los Angeles. Positioned right on the beach, you can take in beautiful views of the ocean while ordering tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, salads, and Mexican bowls. There’s also a popular breakfast menu, as well as daily specials that won’t break your wallet. The Surf and Turf Taco features shrimp and asada with queso fresco, onions, and cilantro. Other options include shrimp curry, fish of the day, and a California taco that comes with tater tots and guacamole.
With six independently owned spots around the Los Angeles area in Azusa, Bellflower, La Habra, La Puente, South El Monte, and Walnut, Taco Nazo is one of the most recognized restaurants serving fish and shrimp tacos. The small restaurant chain started from a single food truck in 1978, offering authentic, Baja-style cuisine, and today the locations still serve high quality, authentic dishes. Inside the signature taco, you’ll find crunchy battered Alaskan pollock wrapped in two corn tortillas along with cabbage, chopped tomato, and secret sauce. In addition, the menu has meat quesadillas, seafood ceviche tostadas, shrimp cocktails, and burritos.