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Craving a Great Seafood Cocktail/Campechana!

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For U chowhounds who don't know what a Campechana is, it's a Mexican seafood cocktail with shrimp, some sort of whitefish or abalone, scallops, oysters, mussels, octopus, & sometimes baby squid, also diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, Clamato & Lime Juice.

For months I've been in search of a great Mexican Style Seafood restaurant. Now there's Veracruz sytle, Mazatlan/Sinaloa Style, Baja Style, Yucatan Style, all regional, all different.

Been to 7 Mares, Sucks. Pescado Mojado chain, sucks. Poco's in the Valley, Sucks. Colima's Ostioneria, Sucks. Pacifico's in Culver City, Unfortunately Americanized, Really Sucks!

In the great culinary vastness that is Los Angeles, there has got to be a place that is well rounded and knows how to make Mexican style seafood, and knows how to make a great Campechana or shrimp cocktail or a "Pescado ala Veracruzana" or a true "Huachinango" (Red Snapper) or Dorado. Those of you who have been fortunate to have had these great dishes "South of the Border" know exactly what I'm talking about and what I'm looking for! Please help! All suggestions welcome, just don't suggest the formentioned places above.
Thanks, looking forward to your replies. I don't mind driving but, going "South of the Border" for authentic, quality "Mexican Style" seafood is just too far.

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  1. I going to file this under "All sugestions welcome" because the place that immediately came to mind has been there for over 25 years, is "well known" for its Mexican seafood, and yet whenever I've gone there I stick to the tacos. So is their seafood good or will you file it under "sucks"?

    They have 6 Pacific Red Snapper entrees including "Pescado Veracruz" at:

    Casablanca (decorated ala the movie of the same name)
    220 Lincoln Blvd.
    (310) 392-5751

    Here is a Chowhound post on this place. Don't let the OP's headline discourage you, read the subposts, especially "Travel Path" who wrote:

    "pescado verecruzana as good as I have enjoyed in Mexico"


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    1. re: JBC

      Haven't tried it. I just might have to. What about seafood/shrimp cocktails? Can anyone second JBC's suggestion for seafood @ Casablanca? Keep'em coming folks.

      1. re: Ollie

        By reading those posts, you can see this a some love it and some hate it dive-ish spot. I forgot to add you can view their menu at:


    2. I'm not sure what the regional style is at Tacos Nazo on Garvey 1 block E. of Rosemead, BUT, their cocteles were going out the door like wildfire, so I tried one. It was loaded with just shrimp, a little pico de gallo, avocado cubes, in a slightly sweet, citrusy, sauce. It was perfect for 100 degree heat in the SGV.
      I wonder who else makes this style cocteles? La Playita maybe?

      1. I believe La Playita in Venice, on Lincoln, just north of Rose, has some campechana/cocteles options. Their ceviche is outstanding and their tacos are excellent, so I can only assume their campechanas/cocteles are good, as well.

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        1. re: glutton

          They have them and they are super popular -- pour in the Tapatio.

        2. LAS TRANCAS(Alantic N. of Slauson) in Maywood has one of the better Cocktails I've had in LA.

          Everything else is good also.

          Nothing beats sitting at a bar in San Felipe just as the Shrimp Boats come into Port with the Freshest White Shrimp, thats a Cocktail you'll never forget.

          1. Great, Keep'em (suggestions) coming folks!

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            1. re: Ollie

              Well the family that owns Mi Ranchito (Washington E. of Centinela) is from Veracruz and I've had really good chilpachole (and birria and cocicdo) there. I've not tried the snapper.

              Completely agree about Pacificos being close to horrible.

              The fish docks at Ensenada are only 3 hours away :)

              1. re: KayZee

                With fuel prices the way they are right now, that would be a very expensive Campechana!

            2. Try El Dorado in the Atlantic Square Plaza off the 60fwy in Monterey Park. The Campechana is pretty good, but I haven't gone in about a year so not sure about taste at this time.

              1. I haven't had it in a while but there's Mariscos Sinoloa on York and Ave 57 or so in Highland Park.

                Tonny's in Pasadena on Lake and Orange Grove makes what I would almost call a deconstructed concktail but when you mix the ingredients together it becomes quite tasty if a little sweet.

                1. Dos Arbolitos in Northridge (Woodley & Nordhoff) has a good campechana with shrimp, abalone and calamari.

                  1. Eureka, I found it! After months in search of a kick ass Mexican seafood cocktail, I finally had the best Campechana @ a place outside of Mexico. It's in ELA called "El Rinconcito Del Mar" $9.50 and an "over the top" Huge cocktail glass filled, not half way with seafood, and half with tomatoes, diced cucumber & clamato. I mean filled over the top with mixed seafood/shellfish. Awesome!

                    Apparently this place has been on the same block for over 40 years. How come no chowhounds recommended this place? I find it hard to believe no one on this board knew about this place. I found out about it through a coworker. Comments on this place appreciated, either pro or con.

                    Rinconcito Del Mar
                    2908 E. 1st Street
                    L.A. 90033
                    323 269 8723

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                    1. re: Ollie

                      El Rinconcito was mentioned in a thread about Baja Style Shrimp Cocktails a few months ago. I made note of it but have not tried El Rinconcito yet. Check out the LA Times review of El Rinconcito (Link to this review is provided in "Jason's" post in the old thread).


                      Taqueria Vista Hermosa in Mercado La Paloma is also known for its Mexican Seafood Cocktails and was mentioned in the old thread.

                    2. Hey guys, I still need recommendations for good Seafood Veracruzana, or other Kick Ass Mexican Seafood restaurants. I know they're all over, but very few know what they're doing.

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                      1. re: Ollie

                        This is years late but I second KayZee's suggestion of Mi Ranchito. Never a bad meal (though occasionally the margies will be a bit off), and a menu FULL of seafood. I haven't tried the seafood because I am stuck on the pork verde burrito. . . but it sure looks tasty.

                        1. re: lesizmor12

                          So where is this place, does it have an address, website?

                      2. I like the one at Lucy's down on LaBrea and Pico. Don't know if it's authentic or not...but I like it.

                        1. Have you been to the original La Serenata de Garibaldi (1842 E 1st st)? I've been going there for years for the best Mexican seafood that I've found. I dont think you'll be disappointed. The original is much better than the branches on the west side of town.

                          1. Mariscos El Rey in Lynwood... A little hole in the wall but the best Ive ever had, very authentic & delicious...And Im a very picky eater...

                            Mariscos El Rey
                            3100 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

                            1. for sinaloa/nayarit style, go to Mariscos Chente on centinela in mar vista.

                              Mariscos Chente
                              4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                              1. I like the Campechana from El Puerto Escondido in Inglewood. It's on Arbor Vitae just west of La Cienega.

                                El Puerto Escondido
                                4182 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

                                1. Get your most economical car or just plan to see the first Blue Angle Air show of next year. I've looked for and tried Campechana all over So Cal, but the best I've run into is in El Centro California. The rest don't compare, whie we are at it the worst Menudo Is in Desert Hot Springs Calif So Around april take a weekend trip to to El Centro and get the best, they put every thing in it.

                                  El Centro ;
                                  414 N State College Blvd Ste D, Anaheim, CA 92806

                                  1. La Cascada Mexican Restaurant Riverside. Best Campenchana I've eaten. Everyone else adored their seafood, also.