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Sep 20, 2005 09:34 PM

best ceviche in town?

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where is the best ceviche in town?

if you say siete mares on sunset. i dont need your input but thanks anyway.

specifically im looking for something perhaps in east la or even highland park area. not interested in fine dining ceviche. i live in silverlake and work in culver city but dont think good ceviche exists in this area. but if im wrong and you really know what youre talking about, im willing to try. im looking for something like i had while travelling beach areas of mexico! fresh!

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  1. Don't know if it's up to your standards, but I always enjoy it at Senor Fish in Eagle Rock.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I second Senor Fish - it's my favorite! I've had it at their locations in South Pasadena and Duarte.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        Senor Fish's in Eagle Rock is the best I have had in outside of Mexico. Be aware they are quite often out of it on Sunday's.

        1. re: Chowpatty

          Another vote for Senor Fish, the only time I've had better is when my wife made some fresh.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            This suprises me. I am a die-hard Senor Fish fan, EXCEPT when it comes to cocktail or ceviche. Theirs seems to fail more often than not, and frequently smells/tastes "fishy." I go elsewhere for ceviche. But you just can't beat their grilled fish tacos and shrimp & scallop burritos.

            1. re: rivergirrl

              This is a really old thread rivergirrl -- as it happens I agree with you that there are much better offerings at SF than the ceviche.

              I am glad you revived it, though, as it would be nice to hear what folks think about the question these days.

              I will put in a plug for
              El Coraloense C O Leonardo's Ceviche Co in Bell Gardens.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Best cerviche (Peruvian style) is at El Paron on Beverly Blvd near Atlantic with a head on view of the metro rail. Call ahead because this stuff is FRESH made, so theres a wait. Fish is divine, big chunks, with a pitcher of the broth on the side to keep things going. I think a serving is about $12. They also have heart anticuchos (sp) which are incredible.
                Low on atmorphere, high on quality and service.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      I think you mean el pollero on Gage st. and Bear in Bell the fish ceviche is the best around. Fish chunks look like sugar cubes, and about that size too

                      1. re: drirules

                        I didn't mean anything in particular. JAB & I were correcting ZoeZ above.

                        The Peruvian joint on Beverly is El Pollon, not El Pollero:
                        5100 E Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022:

                        I've had El Pollero 95 book marked for ages, thanks for the reminder. However, if in Bell, it's hard to pull myself away from the massive aguachiles (and ceviche) selection at El Coraloense.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          I love aguachiles, but the only good place I used to get them at closed down. I will have to try El Coraloense, thanks. There is also a good mariscos place in east Los Angeles/ Boyle Heights area called Linda's

                  1. re: ZoeZ

                    Googling this place only yields your post. Can you give any more info? An address? East or west of Atlantic? Signage out front?

                    1. re: Butter Fight


                      And the website is not up evidently as clicking on the hyperlink goes to a placeholder page.

                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                    I will put in a plug for
                    El Coraloense C O Leonardo's Ceviche Co in Bell Gardens.
                    or Downey until 3 am. There is no other place in the entire city/county of LA to get ceviche at 3am, with the exception of your auntie's backyard.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      Sounds great next time I hit up the club in Bell Gardens.

                      1. re: TonyC

                        The weather was so dang hot over the weekend - ceviche weather. I drove out to El Coraloense/Leonardo's Ceviche in Bell Gardens to give their ceviches a whirl. This place's cultural roots may sound familiar to many - Nayarit and Sinaloa. Many of the menu items will sound familiar a la Mariscos Chente/Coni'Seafood. I ordered seven different iterations of their ceviches in tostada form, packed them in the ice chest and motored back home to the Westside. I asked them if they could keep the tostada shells separate - they gave me a whole bag of them.

                        Very interesting and different toppings/condiments that complimented the ceviches. I ordered the mango, Mariquita, Zombie, shrimp chipotle, Klauser, cocodrilo(sp?) and changito. I also got a larger clamshell container of what seemed like their straight-up ceviche (the basis for a lot of their iterations?) that I don't recall ordering and don't think I was charged for - I owe them. The mango, Klauser, shrimp chipotle and cocodrilo were my favorites, but trying all of these ceviches at one sitting (and a little added haze from mas vino) blurred my recall.

                        Anyway, all this for $38 and change. What a deal. Really fresh, very tasty and interesting, and really nothing compares to it from my past. The menu is long with a lot of potential hits. I didn't order any cooked/fried stuff because I came for ceviche and figured the hot food wouldn't travel well. The slight bummer for me is that krab is "the crab," so I won't be purposefully ordering that. They also use an imitation abalone that unknowingly showed up in a couple of the ceviches - I never tried it before - I just let it pass as some generic surume and ate it. It has a firm texture and delicate in flavor so it didn't distract me. I will be back. Great rec, TonyC - thank you.

                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          Thanks for the tips. What was the best? And for that price why not try a lot.

                          1. re: jessejames

                            It's hard to say which was the best. It really depends on personal preference. The Klauser stood out for me as it seemed more more flavorful in different ways from what I'm used to. This place has so many variations on ceviche that everyone who likes ceviche will find at least a few to their liking. I was overwhelmed by the choices - so much so that I forgot to order the pulpo salad, which was initially tops on my list.

                            They're close enough to the 710 that if traffic is decent, it's not to much of a burden to/from there.

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              I enjoyed this place too. For my tastes some of the sauces where to Mayo-y and I will go with the Citris-y/Spic-y dressings, and aguachilis next time.

                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                I liked it all. Totally understand your leaning away from the mayo kind of sauces - not the usual in my experience. But found it to be a nice contrast while trying the several variations side by side.

                            2. re: jessejames

                              haeld also wrote a detailed report on coraloense a few months back listing some of the "best":

                              i don't have the menu in front of me right now (though i do have one in every car), but IIRC, the clauser, zombie, strawberry, mango, are 4 of the most popular ceviches. the rompe catre, if you have the $ for "splurge" is just really overwhelming.

                              in terms of the aguachile-style whole shrimp, the "chocolate" is unique in the city. if i feel like purging my bowels, i go for the "911". also, there are just so many types of butterflied fish for sarandeado and other preps. And abuelita's flan is an unholy milky mouth orgy.

                              NB: both Coni's and El Coraloense will appear at Taste of Mexico next week. Someone should set-up iron chef "Unincorporated LA" battle pulpo.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                "i don't have the menu in front of me right now (though i do have one in every car), but IIRC, the clauser, zombie, strawberry, mango, are 4 of the most popular ceviches. the rompe catre, if you have the $ for "splurge" is just really overwhelming."

                                do the above mentioned ceviches have mayo in them ????????

                            3. re: bulavinaka

                              I had no idea imitation abalone existed.

                              1. re: ns1

                                At La Playita Mariscos Guillen in Venice (near SM) their mixta/campechana has this. I can't quite figure out what it is. It doesn't have a processed texture. I read it could be conch but it doesn't taste like, or have the texture of, conch to me.

                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                  per google, it's likely a calamari based product

                                  1. re: ns1

                                    It's a much better imitation product than krab. If that means anything.

                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                      I guess this is a bad time to admit I actually like krab =X must be that "seafood salad" nostalgia from Sizzler...and krab ramen during my youth.

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        I like surimi too. I just don't like it as imitation crab. :-)

                                2. re: ns1

                                  It's relatively innocuous. It's almost like "hearts of palm" surume.

                            1. re: ilysla

                              I love La Cevicheria on Pico!
                              The servers are always helpful and friendly, and they have several variations on the ceviche theme.

                              On Saturdays they do a good lunch business and we have had to wait for a table. If there is a "good" soccer game on the TV, the wait can be very long.

                        2. Since your in Culver city, as well There is a great place on Lincoln near venice. I can get the name for you if you are intrested.
                          it is just like the vendors in mexico!

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                          1. re: rantoit

                            La Playita on Lincoln, north of Rose, west side of street.

                            1. re: rantoit

                              i am interested. and location too please...

                            2. Babita Restaurant
                              1823 South San Gabriel Blvd
                              San Gabriel
                              (626) 288-7265

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                              1. re: ipse dixit

                                Babita does care about its ceviche, and they source excellent fish. Another good one, in a similar style but in much funkier surroundings, is Mariscos Sinaloa on York in Highland Park: plain, fresh fish; scrupulously clean kitchen; decent, citrusy marinade. Tacos Baja Ensenada on the Eastside, of course, has great ceviche too - I love the pata de mula.

                                1. re: condiment

                                  Couldn't agree more on Mariscos Sinaloa.

                                  1. re: ipse dixit

                                    Is Mariscos Sinaloa the place that looks like an old Taco Bell, on the north side of York? if that's it, that's what I was going to recommend.

                              2. I like Las Quenas on Sherman Way and Bellaire in North Hollywood... it's Peruvian-style, though, which means you get the sweet potato and the small chunk of corn on the cob along with the ceviche.

                                1. My current favorite is Los Balcones on Vine and De Longpre in Hollywood.