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Feb 9, 2008 10:51 AM

Best Ceviche in Austin?

I was just reading the chile con queso thread and cerviche keep popping in the discussion. Where does one go for good cerviche? Going fishing. BYOB is even better!

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  1. I took a panamanian friend to El Chile and he really enjoyed their ceviche. Panamanians know their ceviche. I'm not a huge fan, so I haven't tried it at many places.

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    1. re: LakeLBJ

      uh oh.........i went to El Chile this have my favorite Ceviche...that i always crave and love..but was bad. I was totally surprised. I've had their ceviche many times.........and have always loved it. This time the fish was mealy.........the lime salt ratio was waaaaaay off........too much lime. I seem to remember that it had diced avocado in it.....all i got was a little slice on top.

      All it was, was mealy fish, cut way to big, tons of purple onion and some tomato....oh, and a ton of lime. That's it.

      I won't be getting that again........YUCK

      1. re: LakeLBJ

        not traditonal by any means, but can we leave "uchiviche" at uchi off this list. it has been on their menu from day one and i personally order it first every time i go there.

      2. I've had excellent cevich at Polvo's and Manuel's.

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        1. re: rudeboy

          At Polvo's, be sure to ask them to hold the ketchup, it gets all over the ceviche (unless you're into that sort of thing).

            1. re: rudeboy

              You fare better than you do at Marisco's, where the entire dish is mixed in a tomato based sauce, blech!

              1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                The first ceviche I ever had, at a great Ecuadorian place in Miami, was actually just a tureen of a tomato-based citrusy, cilantro-ey.. broth? We dipped shrimp and popcorn into it. It was super awesome. I'm interested to try this Marisco's ceviche...

              2. re: rudeboy

                Rudeboy...just moved here after 2 1/2 years in Costa Rica...the ticos (that's what they call themselves) immediately bastardize great ceviche by opening up the omni-present packets of ketchup and mayo served alongside and dumping them in...yup, I was indeed horrified...

                1. re: jungleboy

                  Wow, I'm horrified just thinking about it. Have you observed this in Austin?

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    rudeboy...blessedly have never seen it in Austin, but it is considered the WAY you eat ceviche if you're a Costa Rican native (along with soda crackers on the side)...such a sad thing to do to such good ceviche...

          1. Ha, ha, ha... the BEST ceviche in Austin is the one I make. But other than that, Curra's on Oltorf has great ceviche. Try that.

            1. I have taken a strong liking to the ceviche at Sazon. The seasoning is different than other places and I'm not sure what it is, but I like it. Best with their corn tortillas. Mmmmm...I'm hungry.

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              1. re: foodiegal71

                Just had the cerviche ( pibil too) at Sazon's. Driving around last night, saw the Sazon sign, crossed 2 lanes while stomping the brakes. The kids think I'm crazy but love it. I think they're crazy for wanting to go to Chuy's. But thanks to ya'll, I knew from Austin board, not to go there. They were impressed w/ Sazon and the cerviche, I must admit, was a treat, though not the best we have ever had by a long shot. In my foggy old 60's mind I got Sazon mixed up w/ Polvo's and asked for no
                ketchup. After a puzzled look from the gringa waitress, back she came w/ a dauntingly large bowl of just grey looking chopped fish! As nicely as I could, I asked for a plate of sliced onion and jalapeno and a big bowl of limes. So we piled the cerviche on our plates, topped it we copious amounts of lime juice, onion slices and jalapeno and devoured it with good tortillas. Thanks. Next cerviche attack: Curra's!
                Jungle boy: we've got a son studying in Costa Rica and will visit him in April, so thanks for the tip on cerviche. I hear the general Tico cuisine is a mite boring, but do you have some suggestions for good seafood dishes as we'll be on the Pacific coast.
                Haveing a great time crashing in on our daughter, saw Alejandro Escavedo last night and tonight James Mc Murtry. Dancing Mexican Polka, Texas, 2 step and shotin' pool in a real low down Mexican beer hall, great fun!
                Gracias a la Vida y Austin tambien!
                Carpe diem,
                Marco el Gordito

              2. My favorite is the ceviche at Fonda San Miguel. I also like the ceviche at South Congress Cafe, but I think Fonda's is still better.