There are lots of threads about Mariscos Chente, but there aren't all that many threads discussing the menu items. Here are my experiences to date. Please post yours. All of the posts below are for dishes at the location at Imperial Highway in Inglewood. I've had some of these dishes at other locations as well.
Complementary chips and salsa. The chips are fine, nothing special. The salsa is inconsistent, varying from good to great. When it's good, it's green, watery, tart, and not too spicy. When it's great, it's thickened with smashed chiles and is very spicy.
Pescado zarandeado. A huge butterflied snook marinated and grilled, topped with sliced cucumber and red onion, and served with brown marinated onions, lime, and soft corn tortillas. This is one of the best dishes I've ever eaten and is surely worth the trip out to Inglewood.
Chicharrones de pescado. Pieces of tilapia deep fried and served in a thin black sauce (I think flavored with Worcestershire sauce). Pretty good, not one of my favorite dishes.
Marlin tacos. Taco shells filled with cheese and shredded, marinated marlin, then grilled. Quite good, although one time they came out black and burnt.
Aguachiles. Raw (ceviche style), shelled, but head-on shrimp served in a thin green salsa (I think it's the same salsa they use for the chips) with sliced red onion and cucumber. Excellent, a must try.
Mixed ceviche in black sauce. A refreshing blend of raw ceviche seafood in a thin black sauce (again, I think flavored with Worcestershire sauce--it tastes somewhat exotic). Highly recommended.
3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303