Craving some simple ceviche I drove out to Maricos Liceniado #2 out in Anaheim after eyeing this place for some time. The simple interior is only outdone by the even simpler menu, maybe a total of 7 items, all seafood based, most in cocktail form. The server behind the counter spoke no english, and I no spanish, but luckily the other girl working was fluent (enough). She asked whether we would be eating in or taking out, and once we committed to eating in, ushered us to a table.
She presented us with a bowl of fried tortillas and saltines, which were both a little stale, and took our order. I ordered the large mortal type bowl filled with shrimp, octopus, abalone and something else (scallops?). While I waited I watched the young man behind the counter peeling piles and piles of shrimp and wondered where in the world they werre getting so much fresh shrimp from...if it was even fresh!
Any worries I had quickly disapeared when my meal arrived. A giant caldren filled with all sorts of sea creatures, as fresh as could be, were topped with thick ripe slices of cool avocado. The cold broth had tomatos, cucumbers and onions. Each table containes several types of hot sauce, mayo and limes. I opted against adding mayo (who knew mexican food had so much in common with the japanese), and I took my choice of the six or so hot sauces on the table and a handful of limes.
The seafood was extremely fresh and the broth was nice and cool on the 95 degree evening. The added hot sauce gave it more than enough kick and the meal really hit the spot. For $10, the bowl contained a dozen or so shrimp, tons of chopped octopus tentacles, a few abalone and some other white flesh meat. If anyone has eaten here, I would appreciate knowing what the last ingredient was. I thought they may have been scallops, but whatever they were, they were a great addition. I wish I lived closer b/c this would work into my weekly rotation.
Mariscos Licenciado #2
1052 N. State College, Anaheim,