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May 9, 2009 07:43 PM

Mariscos El Mazateno:Camaron enchilado,Sinaloa's gift to Tijuana

Reporting live from the Villa del Tabaco cigar lounge on Revolucion in Tijuana, this is a taco story that couldn't wait.

Mariscos Mazateco is a Sinaloan taqueria in the northern Tijuana barrio of Tomas Aquino.Most definitely off the beaten path.It's signature item is the Mazatena, or the camaron enchilado.A fried shrimp taco with chile de arbol and other secret spices is revelatory.All the tacos here are outstanding.The perron, a fried seabream and shrimp taco, tacos de marlin, or marlin and shrimp.The tostadas will blow you away,soups of tuna fin(aleta), and manta ray(cahuamanta), aguachiles served in molcajetes, and the estofado de aleta(tuna fin stew0 are a gastronomes dream come true.

The family that runs Mariscos Mazateno hails from Guamuchil, Sinaloa, and have been the place for camaron enchilado tacos in Tijuana for about 7 years.These tacos dreesed with fine shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, crema, and a spicy green salsa are rich and with devastating flavor.This place along with Tacos Salceados are required eating in Tijuana.

They start you out with a sopa de camaron that is deep in flavor despite humbly arriving in a styrofoam cup, delicious by itself or as a chaser after a bite of these mind altering tacos.

These tacos don't last very long despite their heaping presentation.Patrons come in and order a couple and are on their way, devoured as they arrive to table.The place is alive with local flair, and happy noshing.

And, a tostada especial with cooked shrimp, raw shrimp,baja scallops, and octopus seasoned the Sinaloa way.Why not?

This tostada along with the others feature the hand of Sinaloan coteleros, fresh local ingredients,Pacific seasoning, and are bathed with the nectars of Sinaloan cocteleros to a divine wetness.Extra tostaditas are served to make your own little tostadas.

When you're done, have a walk around the local Mercado Sobre Ruedas Tomas Aquino(market on wheels), where you will find clothes, electronics,tacos from Hidalgo, cheese from Oaxaca, fresh produce, mattresses, raspados with a dozen flavors, and get a hair cut.Too bad I was stuffed from my Mazatena and Perron. Get here if you can.Now, back to my San Cristobal de la Habana Churchill.

Mariscos El Mazateno
Calzada Tecnologico,No. 473-E
Tomas Aquino

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  1. SGLA

    Thanks for all the reports on your recent stay in TJ.

    My taste buds are tingling and I hope that I can convince the hubby to tyr Mariscos El Mazateno, since a business partner has a maquila near this place.

    Hard work, but this CH will just have to do it!

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    1. re: Gypsy Jan

      Go on the weekend so you can take in the Mercado but get early. I drove there and it wasn't half bad. Head north on Las Americas and go over the hill to get to Tecnologico, then make a left.Since you know the area it shouldn't be a problem. Go hungry, and go nuts on the menu. Get that estofado, too.There's another place in town I've had this and it's wonderful, so at Mazateno where the food is so good it must rock.Happy tacoing!