Mi Lindo Nayarit on the eastside of Salinas specializes in the seafood stylings of, you guessed it, the Mexican state of Nayarit.
A cup of soupy ceviche bright with tomato water and cucumbers served with chips makes a complimentary start.
My shrimp soup was packed with bay shrimp, fresh head-on shrimp in the shell, and then three even more gigantic ones. The delectable broth was sweet, deeply flavored and frothy from scads of boiled-down fatty shrimp heads, yet managed to be clean, light and invigorating at the same time.
Here’s one huge shrimp, as presented, hooked over the side of the soup bowl to display all its juice-spurting crustacean glory.
My friend tried the daily special: Pescado a la plancha. Two big filets of tilapia gently griddled on the flat top were accompanied by yellow rice flecked with vegetables, pureed beans, and fresh salad-y garnishes. Rolling them in the warm tortillas with a dab of incendiary green salsa, she was a happy camper.
Mi Lindo Nayarit is located in a newish shopping center not far from Alisal High School. The staff are more genial here and the interior fresher than mid-town Nayarit specialist, El Kora. I’m switching allegiance.
Mi Lindo Nayarit
638 Williams Road
Salinas, CA 93905
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