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Mar 21, 2010 07:14 PM

Mexican and seafood recommendations in the South Bay/Harbor areas?

Family is visiting from MN and asks if there are any must-go Mexican or seafood restaurants in the South Bay or Harbor cities. I know a few of each, but none that I think are truly memorable.
Anybody have favorites they'd like to recommend?

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  1. The must go Mexican seafood place in the Southbay is Mariscos Chente in Mar Vista. Must have dish is pescado zarandeado.

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

    4 Replies
    1. re: streetgourmetla

      NB: Mar Vista is not the South Bay, or even South Bay-adjacent. It's the Westside.

      1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

        I meant in striking distance, which is up to the OP, whether or not he is willing to drive from Southbay to Westside. Some of us go from the Valley to the Westside and even farther.

        I meant to offend no geographical sensibilities, just giving a rec.

        Another I believe to be within reason is La Casita in Bell. Driver beware.

      2. re: streetgourmetla

        Oh yeah, I may have been there once. Is it on Centinela?

        Please note that I was asking for Mexican OR seafood; it needn't be both.

        1. re: Tony Miller

          Clear, thanks. Thought you wouldn't mind a little of both. Yes, it's on Centinela.

          Centinela Cafe
          4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      3. Can't go wrong with Ports O Call in San Pedro On the weekends.

        1. Well I like the old Burnt Tortilla on Redondo near Western. The new one is not open yet near the Post Office. I also go to La Capillia 1332 Sartori Ave Torrance, CA 90501

          Joe's Crab Shack
          230 Portofino Way
          Redondo Beach, CA 90277
          (310) 406-1999

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          1. re: flylice2x

            The old Burnt Tortilla on Redondo Beach Blvd is probably the best in the area. Only thing is that it is cash only. No credit cards. La Capilla in old Torrance is good too but all the rest are commercial chains or similar. Leo's on Inglewood near Manhattan Beach Blvd is good too.

            1. re: Clinton

              Gotta mention Lucio's in Old Town Torrance