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Marisco's German -- Ay, que rico! A Mariscos Mecca in SD

My belly is full, and my heart is happy.

There is something about warm, sunny weather that just makes me instantly yearn for seafood of anykind. Does anyone else get citrus blessed seafood cravings like this when heat strikes?

So, initally my plan was to get Pescado Zarandeado at La Costa de Nayarit which is a block east of Cocina on University. I swung by but it looked really slow so I decided to pass and check out Imperial's Mariscos scene, which I have been meaning to do.

Then out of the corner of my eye I saw the Mariscos German truck that I have noticed in passing maybe every other time I hit Cocina.

It is at the corner of 35th and University parked in the Market Place parkinglot. You cannot miss it if its there. There is a tarp covering set over two long tables and chairs.

Put simply, the menu is an incredible example of some of the more intriguing Mexican seafood preparations - not seen often north of the border.

I will include the full menu in a later post.

I ordered:

-- A fish taco (well, it goes without saying why)
-- Gobernadores - a taco usually only found south of the border - shrimp with cheese and roasted chile strips
-- Smoked Marlyn taco - One of Baja's, Sinaloa's culinary gifts to the Mexican cuisine.

You will be then asked if you want soup with your tacos - say yes!

I sat down under the cool tarp at the communal table, with the rays of sun light basking around us. There were a friendly trio of workers at my table and next to us, two girlfriends chatting in Spanish over lunch.

I was called over about 12 minutes later (its all cooked fresh to order as the sign says). When I took my first look at my three tacos as I set them down - it caused me to loose breath in the joy of the sight of the abundantly filled tacos.

I was in most anticipation of the smoked marlin - which I have never have had but have heard a lot about. The red smoked meat was as my neighbor described it almost "Marlin carnitas" like. Charry, smokey. I loved it paired with the restrained melted cheese. This is a great taco -

My favorite by far though was the mojo de ajo (garlic and cracked pepper oil fried) shrimp with the chile strips and cheese. OMG freaking amazing. What stood out foremost was the care took in cooking the shrimp. Not even a touch overcooked, gentle bite, and very sweet. add garlic, pepper, cheese and chiles - your heart melts.

The fish taco - was probably among the top three I have sampled south of El Taco Nazo in LA. I liked the oregano and spices in the yellow batter - but I wished it had been slightly crisper. It was indeed handmade. I will give it a shot again.

I even noticed extremely nice woman cook looking out checking if I liked the food.
This place is extraordinary.

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  1. Photos man, we need photos :-D

    Cristina took me to a place in Guadalajara that made without a doubt the best fish tacos I have ever had anywhere. It was on a street corner and the place had a life of it's own...complete with entertainment. I know this isn't the same but it sure sounds like it's worth the investment of some time and effort. How much did your feast set you back?

    BTW, Oceanaire Seafood Room has, on occasion, offered smoked marlin as an appetizer

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Darn, I know! I am sorry I didnt take any - I checked my camera on the backseat and the batteries were out.

      It cost 8.75, but it was worth every penny. I seriously thought ordered the wrong thing because I could not see the tacos for the tortillas (literally - the filling was more than generous, almost covering the tortillas). The fish tacos are 1.25. Gobernadores & Marlyn are 3.75 each. The Marlyn had almost that reddish cha shu (Chinese BBQ Pork) hue.

      I guess we need another chowdown to get full documentation from Alice and Josh!

      1. re: kare_raisu

        is this truck there everyday? is it cash only? i want to go for lunch today..but want to know more details. i don't want to drive out there and not find it!

        1. re: imafattyfoodie

          It will be there - bring cash. Just east of the 805 on University in the Market place parking lot on the south side of the st.

    2. Oh man Kare, you make everything sound so good. I guess we have to go there, order exactly what you ordered, and see for ourselves!!

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      1. re: epicureous eggplant

        Definitely! What's cool is when they give you the soup as a taco side, it comes in a styrofoam cup with the shrimp whiskers sticking out from the little chile red sea inside.

      2. Hey KR - Is this the truck? I was wondering about it.

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        1. re: KirkK

          thats it. they have two other loncheras and a restaurant. let me know if you want the addresses. this truck is bomb - they have been in business since 1982! I can understand why.

        2. The girl who took my order saw me transcribing out the menu on the back of my homework I took to do while I waited. So she called me over and handed me a menu.

          They have:
          -foot of the mule
          - Fish
          - 7 mares
          - Gratin"-ated' clam
          - Prepared Clam

          -pescado 1.25
          -cameron 2.25
          - Mariscada (SF mix) 3.75 for rest of tacos (except plancha - $2)
          - Gob
          - Marlyn
          - Pulpo Mexicano
          -almeja a la mexicana (clams in the mexican style)
          - cayo (scallop)
          - Fish in mojo de ajo
          - camaron ajo
          -camaron encebollado
          -camaron a la plancha
          -Camaron Quesadilla
          >>Tostadas & Ceviches
          -Agua chile

          1. Dang Alex, you can make my mouth water like no one else! I've never seen this truck but I'm on the lookout now! Thanks for the report!

            1. Hi KR,

              The Marlin Tacos I had in Cabo were sauteed in a tomato-jalapeno sauce with flecks of capers & olives... how does this compare to German's truck?

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              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                EN -

                I failed to mention that there were large pieces of roasted tomato and likely jalapeno in there with the marlin. That pairing was awesome.

                I like that they really toast their tortillas well and the food is steaming hot.

                My one knock is that they put sliced griddled apio on the tacos - I don't dig that too much but its easy to pick out.

              2. I was in the neighborhood today on my lunch break, so I swung by to check this truck out. I went for the two that you wrote about that sounded most interesting to me, the Gobernador and the Marlyn. I have to disagree with you though and give the nod to the Marlyn taco. I loved the intense smoky, meaty richness of this fish.

                The caldo they give you with your order is really delicious too, I had a nice shrimp in mine, complete with head, shell, and tail. Like in a dim sum place, you can eat the whole thing as is.

                This is a great find! I snapped a couple of pix.

                Broth: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthew...
                Tacos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthew...

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                1. re: Josh

                  Josh, We must have just missed you, Russ and I also went here for lunch today.

                  I also had the Gobernador and the Marlyn tacos. Both were excellent and just as KR and Josh have described except my Marlin taco didn't have tomatoes. My favorite was the Marlyn, delicious smoky taste and perfectly tender. The tortillas were very good as well. I liked the crunch of the griddled apio, but I like celery. I tried one of the salsas on the table, it was overly bright red and nice and spicy. As we were leaving I saw one that looked the color of habaneros on the other table, I will have to try it next time.

                  Mr Nerd had the fried fish taco, the shrimp and onion taco, and the pescado a la plancha. He like all of them although thought the fish in la plancha taco had too much seasoning on it.

                  I thought the soup was a nice touch and kept us warm while we waited.

                  We will definitely be going back. Good find KR!

                  1. re: Foodnerds

                    Its great you made it there Foodnerds! Thanks for reporting. ;)

                  2. re: Josh

                    If you liked that you might be interested in finding Sinaloan style Shrimp Tamales... which a contain a whole shrimp...head, shell & tail in them. By the menu description, I am going to guess this truck is Sinaloa style... so its probably worth a try asking for them. Along those lines my favorite Sinaloan marisco dish - aside from the Agua Chile - would be the Manta Ray stew...

                    One note..... Foot of the Mule, in case anybody was wondering, is a huge species of Clam... with the shape of the shell reminiscent of a donkey hoof.

                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                      Cool, thanks. I want to go check out German's restaurant location, I will definitely look for those items when I go there.

                      1. re: Josh

                        One last thing... is if German does turn out to be from Sinaloa (and boy is that a common first name there)... one of the things that distinguishes Sinaloan cuisine from other Mexican states is the use of Bechamel as a sauce base... so even dishes that sound pedistrian like Camarones Rancheros are actually, subtantially different than the same name dish in say Jalisco or Nayarit.

                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                          En - can you explain the bechemel use in Sinaloa? CR is B based in Sin?

                          1. re: kare_raisu

                            I don't know anything about the origins... my mom's best friend in Mexico City was from Culiacan, Sinaloa... and she was as religious with Bechamel as Puerto Ricans are with Sofrito... she said that is how everyone she knows cooks... and the few Sinaloa style seafood places I've eaten it in Mexico confirm this aspect.... things like Rancheros and A la Diabla end up with a creamy component... they generally like their food a bit more subtle their.

                      2. re: Eat_Nopal

                        I'll talk to the woman next time Im there and ask for Tamales de Barbones!

                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                          Over here in Yuma, sometimes I can find a couple of different dishes named after manta rays: caguamanta, which is a soup, much like a muy rico version of Manhattan clam chowder, usually with carrots, other veggies, and chunks of the fish. Also sometimes found is mantaralla, which is the reconstituted fish, cooked with tomato juice and usually frozen mixed veggies, usually served separately with tortillas. Are either of these what you are talking about?

                          Someone told me that they really use stingray, not manta ray, but perhaps I was misinformed. Good and interesting stuff, but certainly not common around here.

                          Never seen the foot of the mule. Sounds interesting.


                          1. re: Ed Dibble

                            Caguamanta is the name of the dish I describe... although there are various versions... seem people opt for a creamy base... others more of a dried chile, or a tomato & roasted costeno chile base.

                            1. re: Eat_Nopal

                              Thanks for the info. Is it really manta ray? Do you know?

                              The mantaralla dish seems to be more of a homestyle meal. I've actually had a student call it her favorite and write a description of how it is made. When I first saw it, I thought it was some weird type of tuna salad because of the way it looked, but of course, it was flavored differently and warm.

                              In San Luis RC, Sonora, there is a place on the main drag specializing in caguamanta, but I've not stopped in there to try it.


                              1. re: Ed Dibble

                                Honestly... I wouldn't know how to distinguish a Manta Ray from a Sting Ray if my life depended on it.

                                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                  well, I certainly would know how to tell a manta from a sting ray, at least when they are still alive and underwater, and I am hoping and guessing that it is actually either a type of sting ray (of which there are actually many sub-species) or even skate. While manta rays have been hunted in Mexico in the past, there is no longer a viable commercial fishery, and the population in Mexico's Sea of Cortez has dwindled to almost nothing: to the point that sightings there are almost unheard of (they are still found regularly in the Revillagigedos, which are closed to commercial fishing).

                                  Indeed, Giant Pacific Mantas are now protected in Mexico under Federal Law and they cannot be possessed in whole or part nor offered for sale, though illegal fishing definitely still occurs (when they can be found).

                                  According to this source, most 'manta ray' in Mexico are really much smaller round or diamond rays; the meat from those rays is white meat. The giant manta and the mobula (also a protected species) fillets are a red meat and are sold usually in dry form as a type of "machaca."


                                  One hint on distinguishing them: Mantas are huge, elegant, gentle creatures; and probably, like dolphins or whales, are not a creature most folks would want to eat after having interacted with them in the wild. Most skates and sting rays are small (a foot or less wide in many cases, and tend to burrow in the ocean floor, and won't interact with divers).

                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                    You understand my concern and the reason for my question. As I understand it, mantaralla around here is dried (and salted) and then has to be reconstituted to be prepared. I have not seen it in a market in Yuma. But maybe one has to ask.

                                    But "mantaralla," the dish, has a grayish color when served.
                                    Since my most reliable source is a supermarket cafeteria in the US, I can't imagine it being something illegal or endangered.

                                    From your linked report, it also sounds like real manta rays are awfully scarce these days, so that does make it unlikely that I have been eating part of one of those beautiful and elegant creatures. So I will continue to translate caguamanta as stingray soup.

                                    Thanks for the post,


                        2. re: Josh

                          Yeeah! The marlin is a great new flavor for me.

                          1. re: kare_raisu

                            BTW... how do you compare it Salt Cod? I found it much more palatable... what do you think?

                            1. re: Eat_Nopal

                              They tasted quite different to me. The salt cod - has much more of a neutral flavor, and soft flesh wheras the the char siu colored marlin pieces were pulled apart in carnitas strands and possesed a smoky aroma.

                              I like both - but I have not had salt cod in the mexican style.

                          2. re: Josh

                            Great pics, some of the best looking tacos I have seen lately!! Thanks for sharing!

                            1. re: Pablo

                              Those are some seriously, generously packed tacos!

                            2. Oh, Alex, you are a great adventurer. I don't know how you always manage to be hungry when you find these places! good work. I love your posts AND great Mex. food. PLEASE, do tell us where the other places they own are located.
                              German is a common name in Mexico as opposed to Alemania, so I'm assuming that is the guy's name.
                              Marlin used to be popular and plentiful all over Baja. I hadn't noticed that other fish had taken it's place. I always wondered marlin was a type of tuna or swordfish? Those Gobernador tacos sound like the winners to me. SOUP? Certainly!
                              Mama Testa's has mucho machos on the menu and I never heard anyone post about them. Far and away my favs...pasilla chile strips with crema. YUM!
                              Really good, fresh fish, prepared well is a rare treasure. I can't wait to hit the truck.
                              And great thanks to Josh for some mouth watering photos.

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                                1. re: P Macias

                                  The description of this place and the pictures made me really want to check it out but we don't make it over to that area too much. However, today we were running errands nearby and I suggested driving by to see what the setup was like. Even though we had just finished breakfast less than an hour ago we stopped in and got 2 tacos. While waiting we met some other CH who were moving here from SF. We tried the fish taco and the Gobernador taco. Both were unique and tasty. the fish taco was breaded in something like cornmeal and my girlfriend enjoyed the cilantro flavor although I didn't taste it as much. Great snack for $5. Even though there were a fair number of people there the food came out fast. Great find.

                                  1. re: sdaints

                                    We're the hounds that you ran into! (In fact, it made our day!) We also enjoyed our meal very much--two Gobernador tacos, one fish taco, and a ceviche. We were disappointed that they didn't have the marlin...afterwards, I went up to the lovely woman at the counter and asked her if there were only certain days of the week that they had the marlin. She said that they carry it everyday, but they had sold out of it that morning.

                                    By the way, sdaints, my husband is worried that we might have taken your soup! The lady handed us four cups of soup, and we realized afterwards that we didn't see you drinking any...I wonder if she thought all four of us were together and gave us your portions! If we did, we are very sorry (and you should let us make it up to you sometime!)

                                    Interestingly, our cups of soup did not come with the whole shrimp mentioned above, which I had been looking forward to. I did hear the woman taking our order say something to the chef in Spanish about us being "Americans," so maybe she thought we'd be scared off by the whole shrimp? Next time, I'll definitely have to ask for it specifically!

                                    A lovely meal on a sunny morning with excellent company. I am looking forward to exploring more of San Diego's gems like this one!

                                    1. re: Lillian Hsu

                                      Hey Lillian!

                                      I dont know if you remember me from the Chowdown at Taco Max in Santa Rosa with Eat Nopal? I recall you mentioning to me that you were moving down here. Are you down here now?

                                      1. re: kare_raisu

                                        Of course I remember you from Taco Max, Alex! I am just here for the weekend, but I will be moving down at the end of June.

                                        I am looking forward to chowing with you and the other SD hounds! I was really excited to discover that you had moved back here! As you can see, I've already been scoping out your posts...Besides Mariscos, we also went to Super Cocina last night--loved the guisados.

                                2. Hey, we should have a Chowhound pin made that we can wear and know that a fellow CH is in our midst! Who knows? I might have been standing right next to y'all and never known it! :)

                                  1. kare raisu -

                                    thanks a million for your recommendation. we stopped by right at 10a today b4 heading to sea world with my daughter. in order of our favorites:

                                    5. fish ceviche - not that it was bad, but the fish was a tad tough, but good overall.

                                    4. the shrimp caldo - well, i had to ask for it. then ask again for the missing shrimp. and even so it was not the one with the whole head and everything...

                                    from 3 to 1 are the really delicious ones...

                                    3. the clam taco (forgot the correct word)

                                    2. the pulpo mexicano taco.

                                    1. the marlyn taco. my daughter said it reminded her of corned beef almost!

                                    phenomenal. (by the way - went to the restaurant.

                                    1. So I finally went to the restaurant this past weekend! WOW! Had some issues as I couldn't remember the name of the Gobernador so we didn't order but got the cameron de ajo, 2 marlyn, agua chile tostada and the soup.
                                      The marlyn as everyone else says were amazing. The fresh griddled tortilla, cheese and tomato pepper mix combined with the rich smoky intense marlyn is one of the best things I have tried. My boyfriend thought it was meat at first and there was a mistake. But no, just the most unique fish I have tried thus far. I also really loved the pickled spicy onion with the richness of taco.

                                      The shrimp taco was fantastic. I don't generally like "white sauce" but here it was rich and super lime tasting.

                                      The auga chile was good but dare I say not spicy? Maybe we got the gringo version but it was not even close to the heat I remembered from the farmer's market chowdown.

                                      Regardless, great find and I am not keeping this one a secret!

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                                      1. re: jturtle

                                        One of my coworkers reads CH all the time, and tells me about his escapades to the various restaurants. This one got him hooked. He visited the truck on University, and wound up taking the food home because there was nowhere to sit. Even after driving back to Clairemont, the food, he claimed, was fantastic. I think I need to start organizing lunchtime "taco treks".

                                        1. re: jturtle

                                          awesomeness! that marlin is pretty darn unique! ya, jturtle that aguachile at the FM was likely one of the most incredibly spicy things I've ever tasted.

                                          1. re: jturtle

                                            I have had intensely hot aguachile there, hotter than the FM one, and mild. I think it just depends on who's making it.

                                            1. re: Josh

                                              I've had the aguachile tostada too and have to agree with jturtle. The one I had was pretty mild. I let the tostada stand after the first bite and it got better after standibg; the shrimps, too, were better after standing for about 10 minutes than when the tostada was first delivered to the table.

                                          2. So there MUST have been some Chowhounders at Mariscos German on Saturday.

                                            Place was packed. Additionally the waitress was commenting that she's seen a lot of new faces there this week -- and most of the people were from out of town and they had heard about Mariscos online... She said it was a little overwhelming.

                                            Luckily none of the food suffered.

                                            Brought the parents there myself and they fell in love.

                                            So much so, dad showed up at my front door on Sunday with a smoked Marlyn taco I was happy to liberate from him.

                                            Only new thing I had was a Tostada Loco -- shrimp, mussels, oyster, octopus and fish ceviche on a tortilla. It was incredible but much better after a few extra squirts of lime and 10 minutes.

                                            And they serve chips now...

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                                            1. re: Ewilensky

                                              I am a new chowhounder, but the husband and I found this thread so intriguing that we could not wait to check it out - we were there on Saturday! In fact, my husband even had the chance to talk to the girl at the window for awhile as we were the only peope there when we first arrived. When he mentioned the internet to her, she became very animated and wrote down the chowhound address.

                                              We have had smoked marlin many times and in many different incarnations in Ensenada at El Rey Sol. Their recipes seemed to have gotten a little tired over the years (i.e. trying a little too hard to find a creative new presentation). After digging into the generous serving here we both became convinced that this is the way this delicacy was meant to be served...street food in all its perfect simplicity! We had just started to dig in when suddenly at least five cars squeeled into the parking lot at various angles and positions. The place was descended on like a swarm with all walks of life, from yuppies to families with small children clutching tightly bound fish tacos in their hands. Most children I know are so persnickety when it comes to food, it was a joy to see four-year-olds happily slurping away at the soup! This place rocks.

                                              Just to add another dimension to our afternoon, we drove up the street and got a couple of sandwiches from Cafe Dore to take home for dinner. Very sneaky with those little hot bombs tucked in but oh-so-Mmmm.

                                              Thanks kare_raisu and Chowhound! Next up, girding out taste buds for the explosions of Ba Ren.

                                              1. re: foodiechick

                                                Well then Foodiechick, we must've crossed paths. You weren't by any chance the couple next to the jukebox, as they seemed to be taking stock of these who came in?

                                                Or was this the Lonchera truck you visited on Saturday?

                                                Glad you enjoyed it.

                                                1. re: foodiechick

                                                  It awesome to hear this place is becoming even more popular. They serve good food and they do a really good job. People recognize this. They have 4 loncheras and a restaurant - so the hispanic community clearly understood the level of food served up here 'before us'

                                                  It just makes me happy that 'we norteamericanos' are discovering what real mexican cuisine is about and thankful that we have places like Germans to open a window for us. Thats what my chowhound passion is fueled by.

                                                  1. re: kare_raisu

                                                    kare_raisu, do you know where all four of the loncheras are located? Gracias!

                                                    1. re: Pablo

                                                      I'll try to find my paper menu.

                                                      i think:
                                                      -43rd st
                                                      -smwh in san ysidro
                                                      - 35th /univeristy

                                              2. Met up with Josh for dinner at Mariscos German.... What a Freaking Find!

                                                The Marlin Taco is absolutely unbelievable.... quite different to the Cabo version of Smoked Marlin Tacos... and in my opinion more compelling than the versions I tried there. OMG... I hate Bell Peppers with a passion... but in that Taco I became a believer.

                                                The Agua Chile was very interesting, and quite different to what I sampled in Mazatlan... this was well marinated for a while (the flesh changed color & the texture changed) wheras the Mazatlan versions are just a quick soak... but this was still good... had all the major components the intense sour of limes, spicy of Chiltepins (there was even a whole one sitting in the juices) and sweet of Shrimp.

                                                The Pulpo & Scallop tacos didn't dissappoint either... outside of the homey presentation ingredients & execution are on par with that of a high end restaurant.

                                                So far they are among the Top 5... Mexican seafood places I have eaten at in the U.S.... and those Marlin tacos really rival anything I've had in Mexico.

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                                                1. I am finally going to Marisco's German and DH and I can't wait!!
                                                  Coming from LJ..which is the closest and best for us? Open everyday?
                                                  You all have been so passionate about MG and the pics look out of this world good..
                                                  Thanks Chowhounds!

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                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                    Beach Chick!

                                                    I would go to the sit down restaurant in the Barrio - you can stay on the 5 until you hit Imperial Ave. It is open everyday.

                                                    Though if it turns out to be a nice day, sitting outside under the tarp on the benches to cumbia playing on the radio is fantastic. This at the lonchera - Just east of the 805 on University.

                                                    Have fun!

                                                    1. re: kare_raisu

                                                      You so rock kare raisu!
                                                      Love your posts and thank you again!

                                                        1. re: kare_raisu

                                                          Hope to go tomorrow for lunch..bringing friends and we all are so excited..
                                                          I will definitely report back!

                                                  2. Has anyone ordered the "Cocs con", (coconuts with choice of seafood) yet? If so, how were they? Josh, didn't you say you were going to order one of these? Did you ever do it?

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                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                      Not yet. One of these days I will.

                                                    2. Ay, Que Rico!!
                                                      Thank you kare raisu and all the other wonderful Chowhounds too for this gem!
                                                      Went today to the lunch truck on 35th & University.
                                                      We both had the fish taco and the shrimp taco..out of this world good..ingredents are so fresh and I was telling the gal how famous they all are and she was laughing and we sat with a great group of Mexican guys and we all were laughing and having a grand time..
                                                      The soup that they give out complimentary was really good too..I think it was a fish soup.
                                                      The habanero salsa is excellent along with the homemade salsa that had some kick in as well...for me, the hotter the better..
                                                      The owner came by and the girls were telling him how much I love the place and he was so sweet and thankful for us being there..
                                                      Next time, I want to try the ceviche tostada and the pulpa camarones cocktail..
                                                      This was such a great place and will be back on a weekly basis..it's that good!

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                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        Cool! Sounds like you had a proper amazing time Beach Chick. I think that the hardworking people who create such wonderful food should be recognized - they are famous though and through!

                                                      2. Could someone please provide the hours for the taco truck on University? I have not been able to find it anywhere.

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                                                        1. re: wikko

                                                          35th and University.

                                                          I've a hankering for some smoked Marlyn tacos so will swing by on my way home to let the dogs out at lunch. I'll ask for their hours. I know they are there until at least 5 PM on weekdays...

                                                          1. re: Ewilensky

                                                            She arrives at 9:30 AM and stay until 7 PMish...

                                                            And as tasty as ever... ;-)

                                                            1. re: Ewilensky

                                                              Great! Thanks for the info, I will have to try it this Saturday then!

                                                        2. I really need to try out this place... after reading what Kare raisu wrote, man my stomach is growling!! Thanks for the info!!

                                                          1. is this fish only? any meat dishes? sorry ..I dont eat fish...:(

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                                                            1. re: butterbutt

                                                              They have 4 non-fish items

                                                              Carne Asada plate
                                                              Bisteck Ranchero plate
                                                              Carne Asada Fries
                                                              Rolled Tacos - 3 or 5

                                                              1. re: butterbutt

                                                                Full Menu for Restaurant Locations

                                                                Full Menu for all 3 trucks. *Note Maryln Burrito has increased in price

                                                                I have tried almost everything on the Menu but the meat dishes so I could not tell you how they are.


                                                              2. I went to the restaurant today for lunch to bring a friend for her first time. This was the first time I've been dissapointed with Germans.

                                                                The soup was good - they switched to using smaller shell-less shrimp than the camarones on cabeza.

                                                                Friend ordered pescado mojo de ajo. The fish was not muddy at all - but it was encrusted in pepper. All you could taste was that -especially with such a light fish as talapia. Rice looked good but was dry, beans were pretty bad.

                                                                I got the scallop, clam, and marlin. The marlin was a travesty. Mashed up, fishy, salty tasting - pale comparison to the carnitas like cubes served up at the lonchera. Clams were not as good as last time.

                                                                Scallops were stunning this time round - perfectly cooked - tasted the soul of the grill - mexican oregano clearly visable.

                                                                Best part of the whole meal - is their new roasted arbol-tomato salsa which I would bet 50 dollars has ground sesame seeds in it. So good!

                                                                It was a different chef today and monday lunch - so I am willing to write it off. Make sure when you order a beer - its cold and its left in the bottle - or else your drinking out of a styrofoam af cup.

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                                                                1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                  We went to the truck for lunch yesterday and the Marlin was delicious as usual, as was the gobernador. We were disappointed in the aguachile, it was covered in a tapatio like sauce, it overwhelmed the shrimp big time, the only other time I had the aguachile was at the restaurant and I do not remember it swimming in hot sauce. Our soup was missing shrimp completely but had chunks of marlin in it. It was also pretty spicy, I didn't remember it being spicy but we loved it. I want to try the scallops and new salsa!

                                                                  1. re: Foodnerds

                                                                    We hit the truck on Sunday and tried the marlyn, shrimp (breaded), gobernador and aji shrimp tacos. I tried to put a dash of sauce (don't recall which one, but a bottle they had out) and it came out a bit heavier than anticipated. I am sure the tacos were plenty hot even before this mishap. Despite the added scoville units, they were tasty tacos, especially the garlic/aji shrimp - but my mouth was on fire for more than an hour afterward. Note to self: taste before adding anything next time!

                                                                  2. re: kare_raisu

                                                                    Anybody try the Molcajetes, Parrilladas, Mariscadas & Coconut dishes yet? I think a major Chowdown is in order this summer.

                                                                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                      I really want to do one of those coconuts. Soon...

                                                                  3. Time for me to pay tribute to Mariscos German. I have been eating at their locations for years and still have not found anything even remotely comparable in San Diego. Having had many Mariscos dishes all over Mexico, particularly Mazatlan I’ve have become very picky.

                                                                    When I had some work to do in San Ysidro years ago, I asked a trusty friend where the best Mariscos Restaurant was in Southbay. I will never forget his answer. “To be honest with you bro it’s not a restaurant, It’s a truck”... “A truck?” I asked. “Yes a truck Mariscos German in San Ysidro”. The rest was history. This happens to be thier first truck Location.

                                                                    It was a cold rainy day when I first handed the wonderful Shrimp Caldo with my order. My first order was a Governador and to this day is still my favorite. Over the years I have tried all their locations (exception Spring Valley Restaurant) and everything on the Truck menu.

                                                                    This post has covered a lot of things so I will try to add what has not been covered.

                                                                    First props to KR for sharing this gem with everyone this place has been a staple among the community for years.

                                                                    I can’t believe not much has been mentioned about their second location, which is conveniently located near Northgate Market. 1740 S 43rd St San Diego (619) 392-7468. It’s in the Diamond Dot Market Parking Lot.

                                                                    They have another restaurant that’s the newest in Spring Valley. This is the only of the 5 locations I have not tried.

                                                                    All the trucks Take Cash Only, however all are located in Liquor Store parking lots. All the Liquor stores have ATMs.

                                                                    They all close at 7Pm however the Imperial locations restaurant closes and rolls out the Truck for late night eats.

                                                                    The Family actually came from San Felipe believe it or not. I would have bet money they were from Sinaloa. I usually try to sit down and meet with Resturant owners, I’ve had the privilege to talk with the Owner once, however it was only for 5 min.

                                                                    The Tostada Loca does not get much mention but it’s a site to behold. Everything in the Sea is on it.

                                                                    Here are some visuals I could dig up for now………………………………………………

                                                                    The granddaddy of them all Tostada Loca

                                                                    My First love Gobernardor


                                                                    Pulpo Mexicano



                                                                    Fish Taco Best Bargain

                                                                    The most generous portions award goes to Mariscada


                                                                    Mojo De Ajo





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                                                                    1. re: Masa Assassin

                                                                      Damn son, those pictures! The tostada loca!

                                                                      1. re: Masa Assassin

                                                                        My favorite of everything I've had there is the Pulpo Mexicano. The octopus is unbelieveably tender - just amazing.

                                                                        1. re: Masa Assassin

                                                                          stopped in at the truck on 35th last friday morning for a marlyn and a gobernador taco, but she said they didn't have gobernador (did i order wrong?). ended up ordering 2 marlyn, which were heaven. the sauteed onion, celery, and green pepper went perfectly with the smoked marlin.

                                                                          adding thanks to kr for eloquently starting this thread and to everyone else who's posted their impressions (and photos). never would have known about it otherwise.

                                                                          1. re: beantowntitletown

                                                                            No Gobernardor that has never happened to me at German. That is the correct order. I was going to say close to 7pm things may get a little skimpy, but I noticed you went in the morning. Try to order them next time their fab.

                                                                            1. re: Masa Assassin

                                                                              Be forwarned... I reserve the right to steal your pictures for a website I am building. Please e-mail me at EatNopales@gmail.com to let me know how you would like to acknowledged!

                                                                            2. Mariscos German was semi featured on Serious Eats today. Apparantly a repost since they are talking about fish tacos on Cinco de Mayo.

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                                                                              1. re: foodiechick

                                                                                Its in the el latino newspaper as well - whats serious eats?

                                                                                  1. re: honkman

                                                                                    Hmmm... I get the feeling those people just read reviews on Chowhound and didn't really chowdown... it doesn't seem they have any clue of just how special Mariscos German is.

                                                                                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                      Ya know...I had the exact same reaction. Every place listed on Serious Eats is a board favorite here. And interesting, the post on MG was dated March 20th, about about month after Alex's first post. Their list of BEST fish tacos in SD looked pretty much like a CH list and it sure didn't seem like they did any field testing on them.

                                                                              2. We`are off on a Mariscos German adventure today.

                                                                                Truck or restaurant?

                                                                                Gonna for sure get:
                                                                                Smoked Marlin taco

                                                                                What else?

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                                                                                1. re: Enorah


                                                                                  Cayo (scallop)
                                                                                  Almeja (grilled clam)
                                                                                  Aguachile tostada

                                                                                  1. re: Enorah

                                                                                    We went, we ate.


                                                                                    We were the only customers at the restaurant while there. Started off with the shrimp soup.

                                                                                    Favorite was the marlin
                                                                                    then the pulpo and cayo

                                                                                    Thanks everyone for the info

                                                                                    1. re: Enorah

                                                                                      At times lately MG has been inconsistent (portion wise), however the cook yesterday at the University location was very generous. The tostada loca I got had was the best Ive had at any of their locations including the restaurant. Just wanted to share.

                                                                                  2. Hi All,

                                                                                    I'm not familiar with the SD area, but am visiting a friend near downtown San Diego (Gas Lamp). I had a few questions if I may:

                                                                                    1. Do all locations of Mariscos German only serve food during the day (i.e., no dinner)? The last note in the 93 replies mentioned it was roughly ~9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

                                                                                    Is this still the correct hours at all their locations?

                                                                                    2. Is the closest location to where I'll be staying the University & 35th location?


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                                                                                    1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                      Closest to downtown is the one on Imperial and 28th, their main restaurant location.

                                                                                      My last few visits to the restaurant were disappointing enough that I haven't been back in a while. If you're not fixed on seafood, I'd suggest getting some al pastor tacos at Tacos El Paisa, on National and 31st.

                                                                                      1. re: Josh

                                                                                        Josh, care to elaborate? I usually do the truck on University and they're as good as ever.

                                                                                        1. re: Ewilensky

                                                                                          The menu has shrunk to probably 1/4 of what it once was. The seating area has been made much smaller. The quality of the food has declined significantly.

                                                                                          Sounds like the trucks are the way to go.

                                                                                        2. re: Josh

                                                                                          Josh, you're missing the point, that's what Marisco's is all about "Seafood".

                                                                                          1. re: cstr

                                                                                            No he's not. And he is right - the Restaurant - has been going downhill since the first reports. The trucks are still good - they see the most traffic - most people are not traveling to the obscure logan corner.

                                                                                        3. re: exilekiss

                                                                                          **new** Mariscos German "Beyer" truck on north side of Imperial at 22nd, across from the Farmer's Market. 8-6. AMAZING. Best fish taco I've ever had.

                                                                                          1. re: pickypicky

                                                                                            Hi pickypicky,

                                                                                            Thanks for the info. So this new "Beyer" truck is still part of Mariscos German?

                                                                                            And just making sure: Imperial & 22nd is pretty close to the Gaslamp district right? I could probably walk there? Thanks!

                                                                                            1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                              Hi, kare_raisu will most definitely get back to you with accurate details, but no, the taco truck is not walking distance from the Gaslamp.

                                                                                              Hope that you have wonderful food adventures in SD. I very much enjoy your detailed and devoted food reports.

                                                                                              Cheers, Gypsy Jan

                                                                                              1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                                                                Hi Gypsy Jan (and all),

                                                                                                Thanks. :) Just to make sure, this new "Beyer" truck is here... ?


                                                                                                1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                                  It may be tempting to try and walk there but the area you have to pass through is pretty rough, filled with homeless and very dangerous. Take a taxi and be safe.

                                                                                                  1. re: deckape

                                                                                                    Hi deckape,

                                                                                                    Ah thanks for the warning. Good to know.

                                                                                                    1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                                      sorry I missed this. Yes, the truck belongs to the same folks. And Yes I would walk from the Gaslamp during the day, no problem. Parts might be scenic in the wrong way, but other parts are quite nice.

                                                                                                      1. re: pickypicky

                                                                                                        Hi, all. I'm headed to SD next week, and want to take the hubby and the kids to Mariscos German. We're staying in Oceanside (in-laws vacation house), but will be coming down to SD to visit the Balboa Park area. Where are the nearest or most convenient locations that would be on our way? Thanks!

                                                                                                        1. re: attran99

                                                                                                          The location closest to the park is probably the truck on University Ave. around 35th. You can't miss it. There's a dirt lot on the corner that the truck parks in and a brick (at least I seem to recall that it's brick) building housing a small grocery store on the same corner.

                                                                                        4. A new truck has opened on the corner of 30th and C street in Golden Hill, just behind Miller's Market.

                                                                                          Don't know if they moved the truck from elsewhere, but the truck itself does look very new. So, I assume that they are branching out.

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                                                                                          1. re: cookieshoes

                                                                                            Does anyone know where the truck that was located at Miller's Market moved to? It hasn't been there in over a weeke now.

                                                                                          2. New MG truck at corner of Balboa and Clairemont Dr in No. Clairemont. So, if it says "Mariscos German" it is THE Mariscos German?

                                                                                            Mariscos German
                                                                                            3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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