I don't know how many times I drove past this Mexican seafood house intrigued by its colorful facade and bright interior (a relief from the La Pasadita triplets down the block--best steak burritos in town, drab settings). Finally went the other night! Why did I wait? I knew good things were in store by the basket of miniature limes and full lemons on each table. The menu itself is a monstrosity--something like three feet by two feet! The focus is seafood. Started with the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were tender and luscious. The chunky sauce was topped with a half of avocado. We ordered vegetarian fajitas and shrimp enchiladas. Again, nothing disappointed. In fact, everything exceeded my expectations. Tender shrimp, good mix of veggies, smoky frijoles, and . . . surprise . . . thick-sliced potatoes. The dinners are served on huge platters. You WILL be taking a doggy bag home. The server quipped, "Everything's big here but the waitresses." Other customers enjoyed fish and seafood combinations (sort of like hot pots) shared by the table. I will try these next time. Everyone there was in a good mood--especially the servers. It was one of those rare evenings where everything came together.
El Barco Mariscos
1035 N. Ashland