Holy guacamole, the day has finally arrived: Señor Fish is closing down it’s Little Tokyo location at 1st & Alameda to make room for a Metro expansion. I was able to sneak in there for uno mas before the bola de demolición (that’s spanish for wrecking ball, gringo) started to swing.
Being that it was their last day (and a recent delivery of fresh seafood was highly unlikely), common sense told me to avoid the “shrimp and scallops” burrito. But you could never go wrong with their carne asada tortas. The way that the bun is grilled is always just right. And the proportions of meat, refried beans and avocado is perfecto (or is it perfecta?). There’s a lot of memories in that sandwich. I had to hold back the tears with every bite.
But their normally plentiful salsa bar was sadly limited to a few obviously watered-down offerings on this final visit. But so what? I only care about the free lemon wedges, anyway (unfortunately, these were more like lemon “dredges” – ’cause I had to really dig around the bottom of the container to find a good one, you know what I’m sayin’?).
All is not lost. Little Tokyo may now be without a tight Mexican restaurant (also, the renowned non-Mexican – and way too uppity – restaurant, The Spice Table was forced to hit the bricks. See ya, bitches.), but there is a happy ending. The douchey Arts/Toy District snobs now have the “Jardines de Señor Fish”, a dive-bar version of the Little Tokyo Señor Fish. It’s two blocks away from the American Apparel factory. You know, the big building on Alameda with a huge banner that says “American Apparel Es Un Compania Rebelde” (OK, if you say so).
So, please join me as I pour a little of my horchata on the ground (they were also out of horchata, by the way, and my strawberry substitution was not-so-aguas-fresca) for my beloved Señor Fish Little Tokyo location. That’s “Mister” Señor Fish to you. Show some respect.