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Jan 12, 2010 08:48 AM

New Items at Mariscos Chente

I went over last week to check out the seafood soups last week, and the shrimp albondigas, fantastic. And, a few weeks ago I had tried the taco gobernador(shrimp and melted cheese in a grilled tortilla), which i love. But, has anyone had the langostinos zarandeados?? Saw that the other day passing through and had to be somewhere so I couldn't indulge.

I don't know about you, but that's kind of exciting. I wont be able to do anything about it 'til next week, so I'd love to hear about it if you've had it.

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  1. I was heart broken... no Shrimp Albondigas on Sunday night. *sob!* In fact the waitress there looked like I had LOST my mind when I asked her for them. Was this just a special thing Sergio did for you guys?

    Anyway, flustered I just ordered the regular Caldo de Camaron and was BLOWN away... the broth so flavorful and the amount of tender shrimp in them was staggering at least12 large ones!!

    We also tried the new Baja Fish Tacos... Which were great for the westside, but did not strike that balance of crunch, fish and flavor that Rickys and TBE does. They also were a bit more skimpier on the fish, which surprised me since their regular items are so generous!

    We also ordered the gobernador, which we enjoyed a lot, but the shrimp were very different in this taco. Smaller and bit more fishy. It worked well with the flavors of the overall taco though...

    We did not have the Langostino, DEF next time!! We went with the traditional Snook because we wanted my parents to finally have a chance to try it. Now THIS was the test... Mom from Cozumel and Dad who summered in Progresso both know about catching and cooking TOP notch fish... and they were so IMPRESSED by how well cooked it was... My father even asked about the spicing, BIG compliment...

    Finally, just on a whim we ordered the Tacos de Marlin because we saw them on the special's board and all the other times we've been in they have never had them... I'm SO glad we did because honestly it was my favorite item of the night. I think the waitress told us the fish came from Mazatlan, already smoked and was the BEST they could find anywhere. She was absolutely right... the texture was so different from the one we had in San Diego, it had this almost steak like quality... but was soft. Although it did not get the whole gobernador treatment, there was melted cheese on it, which did not add to the richness to the fish, surprisingly, but really brought the whole taco together. I can now say with strong certaintly.... this is a MUST order item...

    Anyway, thanks so much for the heads up of the new menu! We look forward to enjoying more caldo and tacos soon!


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    1. re: Dommy

      Those marlin tacos are so fantastic. I was there with a group the same night as streetgourmetla and sadly, didn't get a chance to try the shrimp albondigas, but did try the caldo de cameron and thought it was delicious. Many in our group had never tried the grilled snook before and everyone went nuts over it. I definitely have to make it back soon to try the langostinos zarandeados and the shrimp albondigas!!

      1. re: mollyomormon

        Hey, did I meet you?

        Again, bug 'em about the albondigas, another breakaway dish at MC.

        1. re: streetgourmetla

          No. Noah was going to introduce me to you, but I didn't want to intrude on your dinner. Next time!

      2. re: Dommy

        These marlin tacos are the textbook street marlin tacos, delicious and classic. The fish tacos and shrimp tacos are as you say.

        No, the albondigas de camaron are on the menu. Call in advance though and tell them, Sergio just have to prepare the albondigas, which is a little work. These should be at the ready, but to be sure. I'll kill a cubeta by myself waiting for them.

        That puts it into perspective. It's easy for us regulars to take the pz for granted, but many may not realize how special that dish is, how hard it is to cook and flavor that size of fish to perfection. Sergio does it with ease, like falling off a log.

        1. re: Dommy

          I've only been to Mariscos Chente a couple of times, Pescado Z. and Camarones Diablo. So good but I have so much more that I want to try. I've only had Tacos de Marlin at Mariscos German in San Diego and they were worth all the gas and time to get there! Reminded me of the smoked marlin that my dad brought home when I was a kid. Hopefully I can time a visit to Mariscos Chente when they have marlin!

          1. re: Dommy

            Those marlin tacos were pretty great. The waitress did make a point about the *very* limited availability of the smoked marlin from their source in Mazatlan, so if you see it on the specials board, definitely order it.

            1. re: Dommy

              Dommy nice photos and thanks for you and Street in writing up the new menu. I am going to stop by soon. Look like they got new school lunch trays too. They are moving up :)

            2. I've had the langostinos a couple of times and while very good, I prefer the langostinos at Mariscos Puerto Esperanza. The texture of the at MC is a little bit mushy and they don't seem as fresh as at MPE.

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              1. re: joshekg

                Well, the langostinos at MC you had were probably the al mojo de ajo version, sauteed.

                MPE does zarandeados, and MC JUST put it on the menu, I believe, this past weekend? So, try the langostinos zarandeados when you get a chance and see how they stack up.

                MPE's chef knows how to grill, that's for sure.

                1. re: streetgourmetla

                  I think the ones I had at MC were zarandeados. They weren't on the menu and were just occasionally offered as a special, but I could be mistaken. I am more than happy to try them at MC again and to goto MPE for another comparison.

                  After that I'll have to actually make a trip to Mexico.

                  1. re: joshekg

                    The ones they had on special, the "Try Langostines" on the paper plate taped to the wall were not zarandeado. The new white board menu has the zarandeados.

                    Yes, you should. I'm going Friday. Will you be headin' to Sinaloa or Nayarit?

                    1. re: streetgourmetla

                      Good to know about the langostinos. Don't have the trip planned yet, may just do a weekend in baja first (w a stop in tj @ la ermita)

                      1. re: streetgourmetla

                        Okay!!! Going soon. . .I LOVE that place!! Thanks for the new info, streetgourmetla!

                        1. re: SouthernFoodie08

                          You're welcome. I'm still waiting on a langostino zarandeado report from someone. Report back if you go, soon.