Wanting some quick, cheap(er) seafood in a casual atmosphere, I decided to head out to East LA. First was Tacos Baja Ensenada. I had not been there in a while and noticed that they painted the walls hoping to spiff the place up; Im not sure if I like the lime green walls yet. On to the food.. While I did get two tacos, the thing I want to write about was the ceviche. The mixta ceviche tostada was made up of fish, shrimp, octupus and krab marinated in lime with the familiar cilantro/onion/tomato mixture added for flavoring. I completely enjoyed the fried tortilla that was transformed into a delicious crispy tostada-- with great corn taste(as opposed to the factory made ones). The ceviche was a heaping pile of seafood with avocado sliced over it. So next time you find yourself driving to get some great fish tacos, order the mixta tostada also.
Headed back into the downtown high rise, I decided to take a detour and stopped at Lindas Mariscos on Olympic. I ordered the shrimp cocktail. The revelation here is the amount of shrimp that are cooked just right and the size of the serving vessel--almost like a chalice--filled to the brim. The shrimp are in a refreshing tomato-ey broth that is garnished with cucumber, avocado, onion and cilantro. The idea is you squeeze limes, add chile, eat, adjust the flavor some more, eat. Served with saltine crackers and the requisite pacifico.
Yes, I know and love the seafood at places to the west..water grill downtown, the clams and black cod at aoc, hungry cat in hollywood, etc.....but next time you are in the mood for some tasty seafood in casual settings, head east.