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Mariscos - La Buena Vida. Pasadena (longish)

WildSwede | Jul 29, 2005 07:39 PM

Last night Picante on North Lake in Pasadena (I like their salsas more than anything) was closed a little after 8. So, in contemplating what I was going to have for dinner, I recalled that there were a few other options on Lake. I had already been to the Salvadorian place – La Caravana – for pupusas (very good, I might add) a while ago and was in the mood for something new.
Aha, a couple of storefronts away I noticed Mariscos – La Buena Vida; Bingo!
Walked in and down a walkway (kitchen is behind a tall wall) to counter. Was told I could sit wherever. 4 booths in front room and several others in the back portion. Only one other gentleman was there when I got there, but by the time I left (about 9:15) there were about 3 other seated tables, as well as a few take-outs.
Looked at their menu – quite a selection of food – mainly seafood. Burritos, tacos, soups (7 Mares, Vuelve a La Vida, Costa Brava, Camarones, Pulpo (octopus) Pescado), Tostadas (ceviche, camaron, mixta, pulpo, pescado and jaiba; pollo, carnitas), fajitas, steaks. cocteles (seafood cocktails), and the usual combos enchiladas, chili rellenos, tortas. They have several preparations of fish – steamed, fried, grilled, stewed. You get the picture.
I ordered a fish taco ($2.50) and a Tostada Mixta ($3.95). To wash it down a Sidral (yum!). Waitress brought out chips and their house salsa. The second I tasted the salsa, I was taken back to my childhood celebrating family birthdays at The Red Onion in Woodland Hills – which is in no way a bad thing. This salsa just reminded me of theirs – that is, until the slow steady burn sets in!
They have a salsa bar with a red and green salsa, etc. Nothing to write home about.
I was just getting into the Mexican music that was coming from the kitchen when my meal was brought out. The fish taco was cut-up breaded and fried fish. Very good. Larger than normal tortilla, white sauce (crema) (which took me back to a small stand in Cabo San Jose a few years ago), pico de gallo. Odd thing was that this fish taco was slathered in guacamole – something I am not used to in fish tacos – no matter, it was delicioso!!
The Tostada was good sized and chock full ‘o seafood. Shrimp, Octopus, crab (not sure if it was real, though), fish, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Really good. Squirted on some lime and some Tapatio and was ready to go!
Looked like pretty much everyone in the place was ordering seafood - lots of orders for the Tostadas and shrimp.
I would definitely recommend it. Attentive and quick service. Great, reasonably priced food. All that for $9 and some change (w/o tip). What’s not to love? I will definitely be back!
They also serve beer (both Mexican and domestic) and have two dessert options – Flan and ice cream.

Mariscos – La Buena Vida
1308 N Lake Ave.
Pasadena (just south of Washington on east side of street)
(626) 798-3084
Open 7 days a week (does not specify times on menu)
I know they are open til 9 on weekdays

Their menu indicates "Especial del Martes - Mojarra Frita 2x1" and "Especial del Miercoles - Cocktail de Camaron 2x1"

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