I had dinner on a Sunday night at Mariscos El Pilar de Nayarit in Seaside, on my way home from Monterey.
The food was fantastic. It's cash only.
We first had chips and salsa, with a surprisingly delicious salsa unlike any I have had before. It was very fresh tasting, with some astringency and spiciness. I was tempted to buy some to go, but foolishly didn't.
I had a tostada with shrimp ceviche as an appetizer. It was excellent -- very generous with shrimp, and the sweetness of the shrimp really shone through.
I then had langustinos with garlic (they translated it as crayfish in a garlic sauce, but they didn't really look or taste like crayfish, more like large prawns). This was fantastic. My wife had shrimp enchiladas. These were delicious and surprising to me: the tortillas were small corn tortillas that had been soaked (?) in a tomato-based sauce with a lot of oregano and other herbs. The tortillas were reasonably dry, though coated with the sauce. The filling itself was dry. This was also delicious, but I felt the sauce overpowered the shrimp.
The specials board listed a number of dishes that the waitress was unable to explain so I could understand. can anyone help?
moicajete ala pendejada ($25!)
pezcado zarandiado ($11/lbs)
coctel mendigo ($16)
(I am especially curious since the prices don't match the rest -- most main dishes were about $10-14, and the ceviches were ~$4 if I remember correctly.)
On the weekend they also have menudo and birria de chivo.
The decor is pretty minimalist, the place is in the middle of an industrial looking area, and the music was way too loud when I was there (part of the reason I couldn't understand the waitress). Dinner for two came out to about $35-40 (inc tip), but it would have been easy to have ordered less. The food was FANTASTIC. I am tempted to go back even though it's a bit far for me to drive for dinner.
Mariscos El Pilar de Nayarit
1184 La Salle Ave, Seaside, CA 93955
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