It’s always nice to find a solid “you buy, we fry” fish shop, even if they’re often tucked into the corners of one-off strip malls. That’s where you’ll find Penguin Fish & Chips, a soul food-leaning fish fry spot on Pico Boulevard. Moving west around the parking lot, you’ll find an odd Indian-NY pizza slice spot, a dry cleaning operation, the weirdest health food store (store?) you’ve ever seen, a coin-op laundry and the ubiquitous 7-11 that anchors any strip mall worth its pavement.
This is an peculiar stretch of Pico Blvd., with Little Ethiopia to the north, the Kosher corridor to the west and that odd L.A. Burger stand with the mislabeled banner proclaiming them champions of an invisible burger war. Still, strip malls have a way of surprising you, even when you think you’ve seen — and tasted — it all.