Tecomán, Colima, is the lime capital of the world, explains streetgourmetla. It’s a little town in Mexico on the Pacific Coast—unknown to tourists, full of hospitality and warmth, and filled with the smells of citrus and coconuts. There are only a handful of Colimense restaurants in Los Angeles, and only one in the particular Tecomán style, says streetgourmetla. This is El Tejado. If you come on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll experience “the Mexican family style restaurant in all its splendor”—complete with norteña bands, hawkers of stuffed animals, and throngs of people.
There’s all the usual Pacific Mexican items: shrimp cocktails, ceviche, pescado veracruzano. It’s the same stuff you’ll find in a lot of Pacific Coast Mexican restaurants. But there are great regional oddities here, like grilled whole red snapper; stuffed red snapper; octopus salad; chile-garlic sauce; and Colima-style ceviche with finely chopped carrots. Chacales zarandeados (langoustines) are “sheer pleasure,” says streetgourmetla, and mariscos are utterly traditional: “no refried beans and spanish rice to upset the balance.”
Marisqueria El Tejado [East LA]
1426 S. Soto Street, Los Angeles