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PHX - looking for a good coctel de camarones (mex style shrimp cocktail)

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Hey hounds,

I was wondering if you guys can point me in the right direction.. Last year I wandered over to the Town & Country market, and the highlight for me was a guy that sold cocteles out of a cooler. I'd never had one before, I just always saw it on menus and figured it was a regular old plain shrimp and dipping sauce sort of deal.

If you don't know what I'm referring to, it's sort of a soupy mix of smaller cooked peeled shrimp, diced up avocado, onion, cilantro, all submerged in a well-spiced tomato juice or clamato sort of deal.

The place near my mom's house puts orange soda in theirs, and while I know this is a typical thing, I'm not a fan of the fizzy taste. So, shooting for a non-soda coctel.

I'm in the east valley, and I'll take a drive if its worth it, I'm not too picky about distance. Maybe not Glendale far, but I'm sure there's gotta be something closer.

Also, any info on the farmers market guy would also be appreciated, if he still hits that market, where else he goes, etc. (I moved away a few years ago, so I haven't been to the markets much; I'm home visiting family)

Thanks!

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  1. Tradiciones serves both shrimp and mixed seafood cocteles in the traditional glass goblet.

    Tradiciones:
    http://www.chow.com/places/470

    I don't think I've ever had cocteles with orange soda, though the cocteles I've had have been in Mexico, East Coast, and Texas, not locally. I've only been in Phoenix a little over a year so haven't been to a lot of the Mexican restaurants here, but you'd find the traditional variety of cocteles (pulpo is my favorite, E likes oysters) in the Mexican seafood/mariscos restaurants. Mariscos Playa Hermosa and San Carlos Bay are a couple that I've seen recommended here.

    Mariscos Playa Hermosa
    http://www.chow.com/places/6886

    San Carlos Bay
    http://www.chow.com/places/34755

    1. the downtown farmers market guy still does the shrimp cocktail and its as delicious as ever...mmmmmmmmmmmm sounds good right about now ;)

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      1. re: winedubar

        Well, I know what I'm doing tomorrow morning! Thanks :)

      2. We went to Tradiciones, an apt name by the way, and I loved the patio on a not too hot Sunday afternoon, and the ninacita politely recommended we get our coctel at a mariscos place instead.