On tonight’s Cooking Channel episode of “Best in Chow” host Cris Nannarone went to Los Angeles, Calif. to find the best taco. Cris took his outgoing personality and love for people, took this veteran road warrior in search for the best taco in Los Angeles.
Cris is in Los Angeles, the home of hot weather, hot people and hot food. The first person he saw was carrying a surfboard, when Cris asked him where he could find the best taco, he was asked expensive or cheap? Don’t you love people who answer a question with another question? A skateboarder rode by, and Cris asked him his favorite taco. He answered the lasagna taco, but Cris had to go to Big Al’s in Phoenix for this one, while another passer-by told him to go to Ashland, Ore. Cris knew that this endeavor was losing time he will never get back. Now he went searching for someone who is really from Los Angeles.
Then he met up with Libby Rego a food blogger known as The Lusty Glutton. She is from East L.A. and sent Cris to Guisados, for the best taco in her estimation. There he met with chef and owner, Armando De La Torre who grew up in a Mexican family and has it in his blood. Their menu includes twenty tacos. Rather than choose which one to enter into the competition, Armando made all twenty tacos and let Cris decide. He chose the chicken mole that is made with; chicken mole, sour cream, homemade masa tortilla, cotija cheese, dry salsa and red onions.
As Cris went searching for the next two contenders, he met up with some young women who asked if he ever had a fish taco? When he replied no, they sent him right to Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. He met up with Joseph Cordova, owner and chef who brought this recipe straight from Baja. Joseph showed Cris how he cooks the basa, a type of catfish from Vietnam and Thailand, in fresh canola oil. He uses imported corn tortillas from Ensenada, Mexico, then he added shredded cabbage for texture, avocado salsa, then added mad mango salsa, a bit of radish relish and topped it off with magic crème. Cris said that the deep-fried tacos were surprisingly light and one was just not enough.
Next he was sent to Mexicali Taco & Co. by several people, including a Matthew McConaughey lookalike, who advised him to go there. He met up with co-owners and chefs, Esdras Ochoa & Javier Fregoso, two best friends who grew up in Mexico and had a dream. Cris tried the Zuperman, that had so much meat, cheese and sauces on it, that Cris was even speaking Spanish! Starting out with a handmade Mexicali tortilla, then Monterey Jack cheese, carne asada, pollo asado, chorizo, salsa de arbol, guacamole, pico de gallo and another Mexicali tortilla on top, this is truly a job for Zuperman.
Now that the three contenders are set, a busload of nine Angelinos will be the judges. They went to all three places to sample the contenders. Will it be "The Zuperman" from Mexicali Taco & Co, the "Chicken Mole" from Guisados or "The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada" from a restaurant of the same name?
Finally, the judges casted to ballots and the winner of the “Best in Chow” taco wars was "The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada," congratulations and enjoy that taco trophy!
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