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Jun 11, 2010 09:41 PM

Mariscos Chente and the Oil Spill (moved from L.A. board)

Anyone know how the oil spill is effecting MC and other seafood restaurants? I know they get their high quality shrimp from the Gulf. What a huge tragedy. Our oceans were already on their way to being depleted, and now this.

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

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  1. I thought MC got their stuff from the other gulf, although I just made that assumption since Sinaloa borders the Gulf of California.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cacio e pepe

      Yes, their seafood comes out of the Sea of Cortez. No oil drilling there.

      1. re: Servorg

        That's good news. I need to check out the other location of theirs. I found out the main chef left their place in Mar Vista after I made a disappointing visit.

        1. re: 1newyorkguy

          Posters Westsidegal and streetgourmetla reported on and verified that Sergio left the Mar Vista location a couple of months back. I haven't been there since, but there have been a good handful of reports; some not good, some mixed, but most saying that most things are still pretty good there.

          Sergio is now at the Lennox location. You might want to swing by there.

    2. They get their fish from Mazatlán, which is where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean. It isn't affected by the BP mess.

      1. The direct and indirect effects of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil spill will likely be felt throughout the western hemisphere and, possibly, other parts of the world for some time to come. Free market economy laws of supply and demand dictate that, as GOM supplies diminish, buyers will seek alternative market sources. Prices will rise notably in remaining viable GOM market supplies thus triggering corollary demand-driven price increases in alternative market sources such as the Atlantic, Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Gulf of California (GOC) among others as well. These sometimes artificial market responses are often felt sharply in the short-term much like a knee jerk reaction until market forces stabilize.

        It is feasible that Magdalena (Mariscos Chente) could return to her supplier one day in the not too distant future only to face reduced supplies and higher prices due to increased GOC seafood demand. She may even be told that some big new customer bought everything. In that event, she may be printing new menus or, at least, “updating” existing ones.

        On the other hand, if we all panicked and descended en masse upon MC to scarf up what we think will be the last of the great ceviches, cocteles and pescado zarandeado, the oil spill effect will be a positive one, at least in the short run.

        In reality, it is too early to predict with any reasonable degree of accuracy what the longer-term downstream effects of the GOM disaster will have on our beloved Mariscos Chente and others like her. We don’t even have reliable data on the size of the problem and the timing of its fix yet. The real long-term effects are perhaps years away, particularly the ecological ones.