Where can I find good ceviche in LA county?
- truetraveler Apr 8, 2009 10:22 AM
Just came back from a week long vacation in Cancun/Playa del Carmen and I'm missing the ceviche, shrimp tacos and fish tacos that I consumed all week while I was out there relaxing! Can anyone help me find these delicious items here in LA to satisfy my cravings for them? I'm in the Pasadena area but am willing to drive to fill my cravings...Thanks in advance!
I LOVE the ceviche at Tacos Baja Ensenada. They also have some of the best fish tacos you can get this side of the border. I also like the ceviche they have at La Estrella in Pasadena (several locations). You can also do a search, this item has been discussed many, many times here. Good luck!
Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Babita has several ceviche-style dishes, and I've always loved the tequila-cilantro-cured salmon sope -- until yesterday, when it lacked the usual luscious taste and texture. That was the first time in my experience that this preparation was less than great, and I have every reason to believe it was just an off night.
Depends. Do you want Mexican-style ceviche? Then go to Tacos Baja Ensenada, especially if you want shrimp and fish tacos. Also check out the various locations of El Taco Nazo and Senor Baja -- those three are the reigning doyennes of the shrimp and fish taco. (I prefer ETN for shrimp tacos and SB or TBE for fish tacos.)
Do you want Peruvian-style ceviche (which I prefer)? Then go to Puro Sabor in Van Nuys or Las Quenas in North Hollywood.
Probably not in the exact style of what you had south of the border, but I've come to really like a non-shellfish version:
Ceviche Oasis - Fresh Tuna with avacado, sesame seeds, jalapeno & spices:
That's the link to the Glendale location, which I haven't been to, as the original location in Beverly Hills is close by.
Thanks for the suggestions! Will be heading to all of them and doing some serious eating! I knew I could rely on all of you to provide some suggestions! Thanks again!
For the benchmark ceviche de camaron, Mariscos Chente in Mar Vista.Also for their tacos de camaron, and the aguachile, the cadillac of raw shrimp.
Baja Tacos Ensenada for fish tacos.
The tuna ceviche mentioned by JAB is very popular in Baja, I imagine Frida would have adapted their version from the places in TJ and Ensenada that do this.That would be a good bet too, although I don't know Frida's version.
For fish ceviches, there are many good ones around, some which are mentioned in this thread, but nothing mind blowing comes to mind.
I would also recommend this truck for their special shrinp tacos and various seafood tostadas.Mariscos Jalisco
Regarding Frida's Tuna Ceviche... the Chef they hired for the Chula Vista branch was recruited from a nice restaurant in Baja... I had never seen that Ceviche on the menu until after hiring that guy.
With regards to Mexico's Ceviche traditions... I think there is generally a bad misconception that Shrimp ceviche is the most ubiquitous. Absolutely not... there are many Shrimp Cocktails of varying styles & "liquors" but they ARE NOT ceviche... they are NOT raw, marinaded with lime - of course with exception to the raw shrimp eating traditions of Mazatlan & in the Costa Dorada in general. Its an L.A.ism to call the Cocktails & Shrimp served over Pico de Gallos or salsas as Ceviches.
The majority of Ceviche in Mexico is prepared with Fish (Sierra Mackeral & True Red Snapper are very common)... probably followed by Oysters, Clams, Shrimp & Conch.
I like El Pollo Inka on Hawthorne Blvd for Peruvian Style Ceviche.
For Mexican style, try El Picosito on Long Beach Blvd., just North of Del Amo in Long Beach.
I like both of these because they don't leave the fish and veggies swimming in the marinade after it's "cooked".
On the west side, we really liked the shrimp one at Mariscos Chente. They also have one that has octopus and *imitation* crab.
Years ago I was surprised to have good ceviche at Pancho's in Manhattan Beach. I'm not a huge fan of the rest of their menu but they do have a great courtyard and other Chowhounds may elaborate on the rest of their fare.
I agree, for Mexican ceviches which are served in tacos go to la cevicheria. But I’ve got to tell ya, hands down! Peruvian ceviche rocks! This isn’t fast food; it is cuisine all the way without the price tab. I went to “El Rocoto” in Cerritos with some friends. Yes! We enjoyed every bite. I recommend trying the sampler they are AMAZING!!! Don’t be shy to try something different, in my group we tried different dishes, they’re all exquisite.
Tip: Try their Pisco Sour or Cuzqueña beer.