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Mariscos Chente question

whatsfordinner Aug 30, 2009 11:59 AM

Finally, after reading so many great reviews, we're going to try to get to Mariscos Chente sometime this week. We thought we'd bring along our son (so we can taste a greater variety) and hopefully one day daughter-in-law. The problem is she's not a fish eater. Do they have any non fish items on the menu?

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    sel Aug 30, 2009 12:16 PM

    Several shrimp preparations are available. I don't think they have any avian or mammalian proteins.

    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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    1. re: sel
      kevin Aug 30, 2009 12:36 PM

      Yeah, was there last night nothing in the way of anything besides seafood. The shrimp in butter and garlic sauce was pretty darn good.

      But the the shrimp in vapor sauce just didn't do it for me at all, the borrachos with the tequila sauce, the diablo one, are all good though. Does anyone know what kind of cheese they use in the garlic and cheese rendtion or the cheese and sour cream one?

      1. re: sel
        westsidegal Aug 30, 2009 01:07 PM

        in terms of mammalian protein, the only thing i ever saw was a shrimp wrapped in bacon concoction.
        never have seen any avian protein.
        they do offer cheese quesadillas, though.

        1. re: westsidegal
          sel Aug 30, 2009 01:10 PM

          Mmmmmm, BACON! How did I miss that?

          1. re: sel
            streetgourmetla Aug 30, 2009 06:25 PM

            It's called camarones Costa Azul.

          2. re: westsidegal
            kevin Aug 30, 2009 01:10 PM

            wg, do you happen to know what kind of cheese in those two shrimp preparations taht have cheese?

            and i haven not tried it yet, but have you tried the Langostino special?

            1. re: kevin
              westsidegal Aug 30, 2009 01:17 PM

              sorrry, i haven't tried any of the cheese dishes so i have no idea what's in them.
              i have tried the langostinos, they are terrific, but i prefer the shrimp. . . .

        2. carln Aug 30, 2009 12:25 PM

          im pretty sure its nothing but seafood. im sure they could fix you up with a cheese quesadilla or something like that.

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            bulavinaka Aug 30, 2009 01:35 PM

            Dishes with shrimp dominate the menu. As long as you stay away from any of the cooked shrimp dishes without the heads on, I would consider those to be very friendly to people who don't like fish. If your daughter-in-law just doesn't like anything that is seafood in general, then I would consider MC to be the wrong place for her.

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            1. re: bulavinaka
              whatsfordinner Aug 30, 2009 02:12 PM

              I think you may be right. I'd hate for her to be limited to quesadillas.

              1. re: whatsfordinner
                odub Aug 30, 2009 03:00 PM

                The menu there is *exclusively* seafood, mostly shrimp and of course, the snook. If your guest has no interest in fish (which is the best thing, by far, on the menu) and shrimp, it would be inadvisable to take her there.

              2. re: bulavinaka
                bulavinaka Aug 30, 2009 04:33 PM

                >>As long as you stay away from any of the cooked shrimp dishes without the heads on, I would consider those to be very friendly to people who don't like fish.<<

                Geez, I confuse myself... Plz retract the "out" prior to the "heads on" in my statement above...:)

              3. westsidegal Aug 30, 2009 05:57 PM

                they make those quesadillas for adults also.

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                1. re: westsidegal
                  odub Aug 30, 2009 06:28 PM

                  I'm saying though - does that really make sense? It's like taking a vegan to a BBQ and offering them cole slaw as a consolation prize. If the OP's daughter in law is not a fish eater it makes as much sense to take her to Mariscos Chente as it does to a high-end sushi bar; even less so in fact.

                  1. re: odub
                    westsidegal Aug 30, 2009 07:15 PM

                    i completely concur with you, odub.
                    i'm just giving out the info so that they can make their own decision.

                    must admit that one of my social groups contains a true lacto-ovo vegetarian and we did (albeit guiltily) bring her to MC once. she ordered the quesadillas and had a major attack of I-AM-CRAZY-ABOUT-THE-GREEN-SALSA-SO-I'M-GOING-TO-SUBMERGE-MY QUESADILLAS-IN-IT.
                    she ended up consuming over a pint of that salsa between the chips and the quesadillas. i think her tongue must have had salsa-burn by the end of the evening.

                    that said, i would not recommend taking someone who doesn't eat seafood to MC.
                    and, with that, i am going to head there this minute for dinner.. . .

                    1. re: westsidegal
                      kevin Aug 30, 2009 10:06 PM

                      yeah, that green salsa is good, but in my opinion it may ruin your taste buds if you eat too much of it for what's to come.

                      1. re: kevin
                        westsidegal Aug 30, 2009 10:13 PM

                        when someone has that kind of reaction (for want of a better description, let's just call it a food orgasm) to any type of food, i've learned to get out of the way and just to order more of it for them.

                    2. re: odub
                      whatsfordinner Aug 31, 2009 08:13 AM

                      Thanks westsidegal and odub. I think I'll have to try MC without her for the time being. There are so many other restaurants we'd be happy to take her to where she'd be more comfortable with the menu. She is really making an effort to try new foods and shrimp is on her list, but I think she might be thrown by the heads.

                      Just for clarification: she's not my DIL, yet. She's just lovely and I'm hoping maybe one day, but at 21 and 22 they are still way too young!

                      1. re: whatsfordinner
                        streetgourmetla Aug 31, 2009 09:31 AM

                        Just ask for them to remove the heads and shells, or order a dish that is prepared with shelled shrimp like camarones Culichi.

                        1. re: streetgourmetla
                          westsidegal Aug 31, 2009 09:48 AM

                          the potential daughter-in-law has not even determined that shrimp are edible. .
                          heads or no heads,
                          there is little in the way of plan B available at MC if she ends up not liking shrimp; we already know she doesn't like fish.
                          whatsfordinner doesn't want to relegate her to a quesadilla for dinner. . . .

                        2. re: whatsfordinner
                          odub Aug 31, 2009 10:35 AM

                          A future daughter-in-law who didn't like seafood would be a deal breaker for me.


                          In all seriousness though, there's better places to ease her into seafood than MC. That said, I have a hard time imagining that anyone could dislike the snook there. It transcends being mere "fish".

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                      whatsfordinner Sep 9, 2009 08:18 AM

                      Well, we went and I loved it! We left the kids behind and took my mother and brother instead. The four of us shared the pescado zarandeado, camarones checos and camarones aguachile. Each dish was absolutely delicious. I really wanted to order more (maybe a ceviche) but everyone else was full and I got the you're-being-greedy-again look from my husband. Then again, it could have been the I've-had-enough-of-your-mother-can-we-please-go look.

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                      1. re: whatsfordinner
                        westsidegal Sep 9, 2009 02:56 PM

                        so glad you loved it and thank you for getting back to us!

                        1. re: whatsfordinner
                          kushnerom Sep 9, 2009 07:36 PM

                          You made some good choices! Going back for shrimp ceviche is a must... especially if you like raw shrimp because theirs is full of them. Very fresh and flavorful with a hint of spice (which actually adds up over time.) Glad you liked it! I think I'll be frequenting Chente on a regular basis, seeing as how I can ride my bike there in less than ten minutes!


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