I've been trying a few Mariscos places, lately, and I'll have to agree that Mariscos Playa Hermosa has been my favorite. I've had the Octopus and shrimp in Garlic sauce, which I found to be a little heavy on the butter, and probably wouldn't order again. The crab enchiladas were good, and a steal at $9.50.
The best thing I've had was the Camarones culichi (shrimps in a green sauce, tomatillo & cilantro). This has about six medium-large shrimp in a dish of sauce with a bit of melted cheese. At first, I thought a lot of sauce was going to go to waste, but, then, I tasted it. I practically licked the dish clean.
Every time I've been to Mariscos Playa Hermosa, I've received an excellent fish ceviche tostada. I'm not sure if this is always complimentery. Warm chips with two salsas are brought out after you're seated. Service is quick. I will certainly be back to try the fish tacos and the poblano sauce, if I don't get more of the culichi first.
Mariscos Acapulco is also very good. I've had the fish tacos, and another fish dish. I was a little surprised to find the fish to be a minced concoction, in each case. Not bad, just unexpected. The shrimp ceviche tostado was very good, with lots of shrimp and avocado. I really like the salsa, here. Each time I've eaten here, I've destroyed the chips and salsa. The beans are also excellent. On my last visit, the owner came in and paid a visit to each table. Feeling a bit out of place, being the uber-gringo, I appreciated his welcoming.
I'm sure Mariscos Acapulco can get pretty loud, with lots of televisions and a loud jukebox.
Mariscos Playa Hermosa seems a little more laid back, but, I saw at least one TV. I consider them good weekday lunch spots, for my purposes.
Mariscos Playa Hermosa
1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
A little more (limited) love for Mariscos Acapulco, here. Stopped in for lunch yesterday and while I didn't get to try much, I was greatly encouraged by what little I did have.
Coctel de Camarones was a blank slate version -- which I don't mean derisively -- with a very thin, light sauce and a fair amount of good shrimp. Everything you needed to doctor it up to taste was on the table: lime, saltines, ketchup, six or seven different hot sauces, salt... Good stuff.
The little fella had a shrimp quesadilla, which I don't want to make a big deal out of, but it was pretty good as quesadillas go... crisp tortilla, nice blend of cheeses, lots of shrimp and some tomato. He was pleased and I stole some.
Like I say, didn't get a chance to cover much ground, and it all looks to be pretty straightforward ,but everything we had was fresh and tasty. Looking forward to heading back to get into some more serious dishes.
Mariscos Playa Hermosa is super yummy. Have had very delicious seafood at Mariscos Acapulco [32nd st. and Mcdowell] but it can be a little loud. On the east side-- San Diego Bay in Guadalupe--their diablo is a pain/pleasure experience. On the west side--Mariscos Altata at 59th ave. and Indian School. They make these little peppers stuffed with smoked marlin that are really excellent. San Carlos Bay has really fallen down in quality; instead, drive around the corner to Mariscos Ensenada on 16th st. n. of Mcdowell. Their camarones culichi [shrimp in a chile verde cream sauce] is to die for. All of these place have great ceviche--esp. mariscos acapulco.
My favorite is Adriana's... no wait, she's in San Felipe. I've been to San Carlos Bay - and it's good, but my favorite is Mariscos de La Playa Hermosa - 16th St. & Garfield. Great ceviche, a crab enchilda that might be the best thing you've EVER tasted, and some "green sauce" dishes [imagine great shrimp swimming in the best tomatilla sauce ever] to die for. Dos XX Amber on tap - who could ask for more?