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Big Fat Moe Jul 6, 2007 02:09 PM

I love Mexican style shrimp cocktail..the kind only found in truly authentic places. Large goblets of shrimp in with onion, cilantro, avocado in a tomato/lime juice. I love it in Fresno at Don Pepe and now I need to find a great place in Reno to enjoy. Can you help?

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  1. nancyhudson Jul 6, 2007 04:44 PM

    I know exactly what you mean from my days in NorCal...there is a authentic mexican grocer - King Ranch Market- on Wells Ave. They may be able to give you a recommendation.

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    1. re: nancyhudson
      Big Fat Moe Jul 6, 2007 05:57 PM

      I see from your profile that you are in Reno. Please give me a few more not-to-miss recs in your city. I'll be there for 3 nights next week. On previous visits I've enjoyed LaFamiglia. I loved that Vietnamese 777 that burned down in the hotel fire and I like the king crablegs at that fancy restaurant at Silver Nugget (Sterling's). Thought Rapscallians was over priced with just OK food. Louis (?) Basque was fun but not great food. Since you like Regina's in my hometown of Boston I trust your judgement. So, where do I eat?
      Thanks, Moe

      1. re: Big Fat Moe
        nancyhudson Jul 6, 2007 09:34 PM

        Oh good, we can trade recs cuz I'll be in Boston for 5 days in September! Let's see - I really like La Famiglia, but you've already tried that...Stonehouse, but my fellow Reno CHers don't agree with me, LuLous, Washoe Grille are all up there. Imperial Bar & Lounge does small plates - very good, and a fun pub-like atmosphere. I have not been to 4th Street Bistro, but it's a fan fave. Those are more upper-end, special occasion. Some of our regular spots are Pinocchios, Big Ed's Alley Inn. Have fun, and pass along your Boston recs!

        1. re: Big Fat Moe
          SteveTimko Jul 6, 2007 09:52 PM

          Pho 777 reopened the next block over.
          The best bet for seafood is probably a Salvardoran restaurant on Wells Avenue almost to South Virginia Street, just past the King Ranch Market and Rapscallions. Salvardorans spice their food differently than Mexicans but they have the reputation for the best seafood in town.
          I'll get the fish dishes on the menu at La Fuente on Baring Boulevard in Sparks and they're usually pretty good, but I've never tried the shrimp cocktail. It's Mexican.
          Another reliable Mexican place, but I've never tried their shrimp cocktails, is Murietta's on Peckham and Neil Road and also on Vista Boulevard in Sparks.
          IF you like barbecue try Barbecue House on Wells Avenue.
          The best deep fried shrimp, fish and chips and clam chowder is at The Steamed Clam on McCarran Boulevard in Sparks. Saigon 88, a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant, just opened in that same area. Also, it has Lupita's. another good Mexican place, and Soochow, a good Chinese place.
          Janet knows a lot about Mexican food. Maybe she can offer some suggestions.

          1. re: SteveTimko
            Big Fat Moe Jul 7, 2007 04:34 AM

            Thanks Steve. Who's Janet? How can I contact her for recs?

            1. re: Big Fat Moe
              janetofreno Jul 7, 2007 10:17 PM

              I'm Janet. And I haven't really found a good Mexican shrimp cocktail in Reno. OTOH, I might be too picky: I still am looking for one to match the shrimp cocktails I had almost forty years ago in Veracruz. BTW, Steve, I have had the shrimp cocktail at La Fuente, and wasn't impressed. Actually, to be honest, my last meal at La Fuente about nine months ago was definitely downhill from previous ones there. Sorry.

              To the OP: For a more upscale meal, you can't go wrong with Sezmu on Mt. Rose St. (Not to be confused with Mt. Rose Highway). And keep looking for that shrimp cocktail: if you find it please report back. IMO the Mexican food in Reno is generally very good, maybe as good as that in San Francisco, and certainly better than anything you would find in Boston. Again, IMO!!

              1. re: janetofreno
                barbara k Jul 8, 2007 03:35 PM

                What about the shrimp cocktail at Beto's?

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                  clarence6ybr Jul 8, 2007 03:48 PM

                  I second Beto's!

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                    Big Fat Moe Jul 8, 2007 07:05 PM

                    Beto's? More information, please.
                    Thanks, Moe

                    1. re: Big Fat Moe
                      janetofreno Jul 8, 2007 10:51 PM

                      Beto's is on W. Fifth st. about a block east of Keystone (about 3/4 miles west of downtown). They have good tacos and tortas, but I must admit I've never tried the shrimp cocktails.......

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        RevrendAndy Jul 9, 2007 08:28 AM

        I believe another can't miss restaurant is Ciao Pizzeria and Wine Bar. They have wonderful pizzas baked in a wood burning oven and great contemporary Cal-Italian food.

        I also love LuLou's, 4th St. Bistro, and Szemu, but they are a bit more expensive.

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          nancyhudson Jul 9, 2007 03:30 PM

          Oh Ciao! I forgot about Ciao...another one of my favorites. Beto's may work for the shrimp cocktail. I also like Tacos El Rey on Sutro, they are Beto-like.

          1. re: nancyhudson
            barbara k Jul 9, 2007 04:47 PM

            What is the relationship between Tacos El Rey and Betos? I used to go to Tacos El Rey, before Betos opened. Then, they started advertising Betos. The food was so similar, that it seemed like the same place. I never understood the relationship, however. Does anyone know?

            1. re: barbara k
              SteveTimko Jul 9, 2007 05:19 PM

              Tacos El Rey is a chain. Their first place in Reno was on California Avenue and they operated both locations for a while before they closed the California Avenue store. Maybe the people who started Betos worked for Tacos El Ray.
              I'll try that place on South Wells tonight for shrimp cocktail.

              1. re: SteveTimko
                SteveTimko Jul 9, 2007 09:14 PM

                ABORT! ABORT! on that place on Wells Avenue for the shrimp cocktail. First off, it's changed owners. It's still got the blue and white El Salvardoran motif but the maps and flags are Mexican. The place was almost empty when I got there shortly after 6 p.m. The two times I went there when it was El Salvadoran, it was busy. And the food was horrible. Easily the worst meal I've had this year and in a long time. I got the shrimp cocktail and the shrimp ceviche., Neither was fresh and the shrimp cocktail in fact was very old. I filled up on chips. It's called something like Mariscos Las Islitas. Avoid at all cost. It's bad.

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          holly h Jul 13, 2007 01:59 PM

          I agree with those who already mentioned Beto's-went there last week and had a tostada ceviche. Basically the cocktail you mentioned above with lime juice on a hand made tostada- delicious and fresh!

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          1. re: holly h
            Big Fat Moe Jul 14, 2007 10:58 PM

            OK. I'm back with the Beto's report: the Shrimp Cocktail is mediocre. Medium size shrimp, just a couple slices of avocado, too little cilantro and the goblet contained far too much liquid. For $8.50 it was kind of a rip. But then again, my standard of excellence is the stupendous Don Pepe's in Fresno.
            Also has the taco/enchilada/etc combo plate and it was pretty good.
            Had a great meal at LaFamiglia though. Loved the linguini & clams!

          2. janetofreno Sep 20, 2007 11:46 PM

            An update: today circumstance found me being treated to an early dinner at the oyster bar in the "skyway" at the Atlantis. I noticed they advertise a "colosal Mazatlan-style seafood cocktail" or something like that...I remembered this thread and decided I had to try it in the interest of chowhound research.

            My report is mixed, I'm afraid to say. First of all, the cocktail comes in a big bowl-like glass (like a huge margarita glass). Every shrimp cocktail I ever had in Mexico came in a tall glass you really had to dig through. Also, it came with a very small spoon. Maybe that's being picky, except with the consistency of the "cocktail" a soup spoon would have been more appropriate. It really was like a cold soup with some seafood thrown in; ie more sauce than seafood. It contained baby shrimp. larger prawns, and scallops in a tomatoey sauce with the requisite onion, cilantro, and avocado. But no evidence of lime; and lemons on the side (limes would have been better...). The tomato sauce had no "bite" to it at all...the waiter did bring me a bottle of Tapatio sauce on the side; I swear I dumped in half the bottle and it still didn't taste picante to me....

            The shrimp and scallops were fresh and tasty...just far too few of them. And no chunks of avocado, only a partially sliced one floating on top. It was awkward to slice it up and mix it in.....

            I don't think I would go out of my way to order this one again. Of course, I was hardly in a "truly authentic place" as described by the OP.....

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