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Anyone have a recommendation for Mexican Shrimp Cocktail in Oakland, please?

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  • jan_b Dec 29, 2009 09:37 AM
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In spite of the chilly weather, I have a hankering for a Mexican shrimp cocktail; one of those gazpacho like concoctions with chopped up avocado, onions etc and big plump shrimp. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I usually go to Mariscos Manzanillo on International (love the bowl of radishes on each table) but I wondered if anyone has a suggestion for a different place to try.

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  1. it has been a while but Taqueria San Jose was good.

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    Taqueria San Jose
    3433 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

    1. The taco truck on the same lot as Sinaloa on International has an amazing version but I think they have a fish version, now sure if they have a shrimp version, but I would be surprised if they don't. Good luck and post your findings.

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      1. re: cherrys69

        The seafood truck on the upside of the lot does have it as well as pulpo (octopus) and maybe a mixed cocktail. Have only had the pulpo, but it was too long ago to be able to recommend or not... Really large portion with a side of saltines.

        1. re: cherrys69

          The shrimp cocktail at Sinaloa is a great value but the cocktail sauce is slightly bland (fixable with the hot sauce they give you) but you get lots of good sized shrimp. A friend got it a couple of weeks ago...looked like a quart sized container 75-85% full.

          Mariscos La Costa is another place that specializes in Mexican seafood but I haven't been there in a long, long time.

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          Mariscos La Costa
          3625 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

        2. Some more possibilities:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/588031

          1. Thanks for the options, but since it was too cold to face going to a taco truck, I ended up going back to Mariscos Manzanillo. It had been a couple of years since I had been there, but it was as good as I remember. Still the bouquet of radishes on each table; nice warm chips (though I'm not crazy about their salsa). The large shrimp cocktail was $12.95 filled with sweet tender shrimp and chopped avocado and onion. It comes in some kind of cloudy broth, but after adding ketchup, lime and hot sauce, I ate every last spoonful. With a nice cold Negra Modelo for $2.95, it was a great lunch. The only thing that had changed since the last time i was there was that instead of the old fashioned jukebox, it was a new video screen model.