Thanks for the advice! We were well fed on our walk. I’ll write about Brigantine and Taco Galaxy in a later post.
Pipe’s: Basic breakfast spot, with good breakfast tacos and fluffy eggs in the breakfast burritos. Home fries and housemade muffins looked good.
VC Donuts had nothing outstanding (they use a Bakemark mix for “some” doughnuts according to a worker). Plain Buttermilk bar and the old fashioned were my favorites. Creamsicle flavored ‘orange’ was a new flavor for me. Blueberry croissant-doughnut hybrid and blueberry buttermilk bar were too sweet. Jelly was a standard Bakemark-- too much dough. Crumb on the cake and raised dough was finer and airier than I like, but YMMV.
Fish 101 : seasoning on the grilled fish tacos came through the other condiments, as did the flavor of the fish. Good ratio of fried tilapia to shredded cabbage in the Baja style taco to — the finger shaped fried fish seems to be the standard for Baja style tacos, and makes for a better taco than than the random chunks more typical in Northern California fish tacos
Juanita’s: the fried bits of the carnitas were porky, and the softer flesh was mostly not too dry. The fish taco was less successful— unripe tomatoes with lettuce couldn’t compete with the cabbage served elsewhere.
Tony’s jacal: this place was a zoo with a two hour wait on a Saturday night, so we went elsewhere.
Las Olas: the lard in the beans was a sign of good things to come, and we enjoyed a Baja style taco and a grilled fish taco platter