I was giving a guest lecture at Animo High School in Inglewood today and needed a quick lunch. I'd already tried the taco truck across from the school [good lengua and carnitas, but bland camarones and pastor], so I checked out El Puerto Escondido down the street.
It's obvious that the place specializes in seafood. The daily specials are taped on the counter and elsewhere. Today's [Wednesday] specials were camarones diablo for about $7 and fish tacos for about $1.50. Thursday's specials are a dozen oysters for $3.99 [or 6 for $1.50]. You order at the counter and wait to be served.
There's a selection of various fountain juices [mango, tamarind, horchata, hibiscus], but most of them are too sweet and artificial tasting.
The chips were thick and good, but the greenish salsa was very lacking.
The fish in the tacos were perfectly deep-fried and tasty and bigger than expected. The camarones diablo was even better. It didn't quite have the fiery punch [nor bacon] of Lares' version, but was quite delicious with a hint of sour cream in the red sauce. The shrimp are medium-sized and come with the usual rice, beans and guacamole.
A friend had the excellent lengua tacos - flavorful and very tender. A tostada of octopus and shrimp was a bit bland, but the actual seafood on it was pretty good [mmm, very purple and tender octopus].
Overall, it's a pretty good place to grab some good Mexican seafood in the LAX area, just a couple minutes from the Manchester exit on the 405.
El Puerto Escondido
915 W Arbor Vitae St
Inglewood, CA 90301
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