5140 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90805-6344
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Taqueria El Picosito Restaurant

Cuisine: Mexican, Grill, Sushi

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Overall
85%
Food
100%
Service
100%
Ambiance
83%
Pros
"The place for the salsa Is duty and always is a mess.... picocito restaurant has only 2 kinds of salsas the salsa section... they need to have more variety of them..."
"Authentic"
  • 12/28/2019

    A Mexican chowhound from Ann Arbor, MI tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    The place for the salsa Is duty and always is a mess.... picocito restaurant has only 2 kinds of salsas the salsa section... they need to have more variety of them...
  • 5/24/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 5/07/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

  • 5/05/2015

    An Italian chowhound from Miami, FL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/18/2015

    A dining patron from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 3/26/2015

    A Mexican chowhound from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 2/25/2015

    A Mexican food lover from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/05/2014

    A Mexican chowhound from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Authentic
  • 8/09/2013

    A Mexican chowhound from Burbank, CA tried it.

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I Only Have Soup Love for Taqueria El Picosito

Wherever you work, there’s usually opportunities to revisit restaurants in the general vicinity of your office. Since Taqueria El Picosito was just a few miles from where I worked, I was able to visit it on two separate occasions for lunch. From the outside, it didn’t look like much, but when it comes to restaurants, I never judge the book by its cover, so I was hoping for the best.

My first meal there was pretty straightforward. It was actually a little cold and cloudy that day and I was really craving soup. Something hot and filling was definitely on my mind when I stepped up to the counter to place my order. The albondigas soup was calling my name, but the taquitos were also doing a little whispering in my ear. I gave in and ordered both.

The taquitos arrived first and were really nothing special. In fact, the tortilla was a little hard, but the meat inside was fairly tender, although it did need a little more seasoning. I did end up scraping off most of the guacamole that the taquitos were topped with because the flavor was too lemony and actually seemed like it was something canned.

Finally, the albondigas soup arrives with a side of Mexican rice and tortillas. When I looked at the bowl, it seemed more soup than anything else. As the Wendy’s ads used to say, “Where’s the Beef?” or in this case the meatballs. Once I got my spoon in there and start mixing everything around, that’s when I started seeing the good stuff which included small red potatoes, chayote, carrots and the meatballs which had been mixed with diced onion. I even dumped my plate of Mexican rice, along with the onions and cilantro that was part of my order.

That soup really hit the spot. Although a smidge oily, the broth was still nice and light and they certainly weren’t shy about their ingredients. Those meatballs were huge. I do think they could have cut their veggies a little smaller, but the smaller they are, the mushier they could become. Perhaps, there’s a method to their madness. In general, it was a great bowl of soup and just what I needed to warm me from the inside out.

For my second visit, let’s say that second time’s not the charm. This time around, it was actually a warmer day, so I didn’t want soup. Instead, I was in a seafood mood and decided to check out their Tostado Ceviche and Taco Pescado.

First, let’s talk about the Tostado Ceviche. You’d think that fish that’s cooked via the acids of lime or lemon juices being squeezed on them would still be pretty tender and of course, would taste limey or lemony. That fish was a little dry. I could only taste hint of of lime and that was it. It was if they squeezed the juice on the fish and than just let it sit on the counter somewhere waiting for someone to order it. I squeezed more lime and added some hot sauce to liven it up a bit, but it felt like a waste of time.

Then there’s the Taco Pescado (or Fish Taco). When I had fish tacos in Ensenada, I learned that sometimes they double-fried their fish to give them that extra crispiness. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as the end result is still golden brown. The poor fish that came on my taco at Taqueria El Picosito was so over-fried that you can forget about it being golden brown. It was dark brown to the point that it was almost burnt. I’ve had fish tacos at other restaurants in LA and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen one as pitiful at at El Picosito. Of course, it “tasted as good” (or not) as it looked.

I just don’t get it. How can you ruin a deep-fried fish? What was interesting is that I read a Yelp review about this restaurant and that poster had the same experience as me with his fish taco. Why would any restaurant deliberately overy-fry a fish? Like I said, I just don’t get it. If I’m ever in the neighborhood and there’s no other place to go then Taqueria El Picosito, than at least I know the soup would be good. At least, that’s something.

Taquitos at Taqueria El Picosito Restaurant

Taquitos

The taquitos arrived first and were really nothing special. In fact, the tortilla was a little hard, but the meat inside was fairly tender, although it did need a little more seasoning. I did end up scraping off most of the guacamole that the taquitos were topped with because the flavor was too lemony and actually seemed like it was something canned.

Albondigas Soup at Taqueria El Picosito Restaurant

Albondigas Soup

Finally, the albondigas soup arrives with a side of Mexican rice and tortillas. When I looked at the bowl, it seemed more soup than anything else. As the Wendy’s ads used to say, “Where’s the Beef?” or in this case the meatballs. Once I got my spoon in there and start mixing everything around, that’s when I started seeing the good stuff which included small red potatoes, chayote, carrots and the meatballs which had been mixed with diced onion. I even dumped my plate of Mexican rice, along with the onions and cilantro that was part of my order.

That soup really hit the spot. Although a smidge oily, the broth was still nice and light and they certainly weren’t shy about their ingredients. Those meatballs were huge. I do think they could have cut their veggies a little smaller, but the smaller they are, the mushier they could become. Perhaps, there’s a method to their madness. In general, it was a great bowl of soup and just what I needed to warm me from the inside out.

Tostado Ceviche at Taqueria El Picosito Restaurant

Tostado Ceviche

You’d think that fish that’s cooked via the acids of lime or lemon juices being squeezed on them would still be pretty tender and of course, would taste limey or lemony. That fish was a little dry. I could only taste hint of of lime and that was it. It was if they squeezed the juice on the fish and than just let it sit on the counter somewhere waiting for someone to order it. I squeezed more lime and added some hot sauce to liven it up a bit, but it felt like a waste of time.

Fish Taco at Taqueria El Picosito Restaurant

Fish Taco

The poor fish that came on my taco at Taqueria El Picosito was so over-fried that you can forget about it being golden brown. It was dark brown to the point that it was almost burnt. I’ve had fish tacos at other restaurants in LA and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen one as pitiful at at El Picosito. Of course, it “tasted as good” (or not) as it looked.

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