Don Pepe's Shrimp Zarandeado (Fresno)
Had lunch at Don Pepe's and was craving something with spicy shrimp. Last time I had the Shrimp Diabla plate and loved it, here is the link for that report: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Anyway, decided to try the Zarandeado based on the description I had read about it, "shrimp served with chiles, tomatoes, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and onion. The soy is used because of the Asian influence found along Mexico's west coast". The gentleman who took my order said that was his favorite shrimp preparation but cautioned that it was a little spicy. I told him the spicier the better!
My plate came overflowing with shrimp. They were still in their shells and covered with a chili-based oil. The plate also comes with beans topped with cojito, rice, guacamole, cabbage, pico de gallo, and your choice of corn or flour tortillas. I peeled one of the shrimp and gave it a try, absolutely delicious! The shrimp were cooked perfectly, still meaty and moist inside. The chili-oil tasted well rounded and flavorful with a kick of spicy at the end. I devoured as many shrimp as I could, making small tacos out of them. I flashed a thumbs-up to the gentleman who had taken my order and he smiled back knowingly.
They were fabulous and I can't wait to eat them again. My only problem was that I was going to try all the different versions that Don Pepe has, but now all I want is the Zarandeado. Oh well.
As a side note, hubby shared my plate but also ordered the shrimp toastada. The toastada came loaded with beans, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, and the shrimp. He enjoyed his tostada very much, commenting that it was a different way to eat shrimp that he liked a lot. Of course, it couldn't really compare to my dish. :-)
4582 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93726
P.S. For those on the hunt for the breakfast burrito, Don Pepe's serves a chorizo and egg burrito all day.
Ok, a correction about hubby's tostada, which apparently I got confused with another tostada he ate at Taco Grande. The shrimp tostada was a fried corn tortilla topped with crema, cabbage, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, onion, shrimp, and then cilantro. No beans. Sorry about the confusion. Anyway, he said he enjoyed it, but that you need to add hot sauce for heat.
Did the same thing last week, gbg. Damn that's some fine shrimp, ate a few by themselves, shelled a bunch and made fajitas style taco throwing in the guac, cilantro, a couple of the salsas, then finished the remainder off one by one.
I'm still going to try and force myself to work down the shrimp dishes on the menu in order, might have to take some help along and just order them all at one time.
Great, descriptive review. I have only been to Don Pepe's once, a few years ago. My wife and I didn't think much of it but it sounds like it's time to give them another try.
Bye the way, I think when you write "cojito" you really mean "cotija". Cotija is the crumbly, white, Mexican cheese.