Good Ceviche - citrus and onion NOT ketchup based
So I'm not the biggedt ceviche fan but when it starts to get hot out I like to indulge in a nice ceviche. My idea of ceviche is nice fresh fish that is cooked in citrus of some sort then accompanied by other flavors like onion. I'm very fond of the ceviche they have at Balcones del Peru - it has great notes of citrus and onions strewn around the entire fish/shrimp. The last couple of times I've had ceviche in Mexican restaurants they are usually of the ketchup based cocktail with a heavy tomato taste. I'm not a very big fan of this version as I like the citrus and onion flavors. One time was in Xihautanejo and the other was yesterday at Tacos Bajas Ensenada (just stick to the fish tacos). Are there any other places that have the very fresh citrusy tasting ceviche in LA that you enjoy? I live around Olympic and Robertson. I don't mind driving but Balcones is about 20 minutes from my house with traffic and I only go there about once a month. I'd like to try some others and compare.
If you ever pass through the SGV on the 10 fry try Taqueria LA Cabana. Just the way you requested, fresh fish or shrimp in citrus (lime) with fresah chopped onion, tomato and cilantro all pikled very high. One tostada is a big meal with a mountain of fresh shrimp. -- $4.50
This little place makes everything by hand including a very good house made chorizo, lengua, chicken, and al pastor made into $1 tacos. I also like the deep fried shrimp tacos for $1.50. Recently I noticed a sign for a "Burger Special" and asked whether the burger was also hand made and they smiled when saying "Yes."
Taqueria LA Cabana
3402 Cogswell Rd
El Monte, CA 91732
This is a post from several years ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/62575
We were there last weekend and it is really delicious...what a surprise! We loved it, and there was no ketchup in the base...just cilantro, lime and onions with whatever seafood you order.
3809 W. Pico Boulevard in Mid-City LA
you could try the taco truck that parks on south side of rose ave between lincoln and main st in venice.... it is called "la isla bonita" and he is there from 10 am until 4pm everyday except thursday.... their ceviche tostadas are incredible!!! i am sure that you will like them...
Peruvian Ceviche is sooooo good.
Mario's Peruvian Seafood is a little closer to you and just as good.
Sounds like you have had Mexican Seafood cocktails, not ceviche. I do think most of those are overly ketchup-y as well. However, when it is done right it can be transcendant -La Serenada di Garibaldi in Bolyle Heights is my favorite. The balance of the tomato and cilantro is heavenly.