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Wednesday 30 October 2019

Mariscos El Yaqui

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mร‰XICO (Sonora)

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In the arena of coastal Pacific mariscos from Mรฉxico in Los Angeles, Sinaloa and Nayarit decidedly dominate the scene for full blown seafood favorites. Fried fish tacos give Baja proper if stereotypical showing and a certain wonderful truck give Jalisco a good name, but the state in between all these is usually known more for its contributions from inland.

When you talk about the Sonoran food landscape in Los Angeles, it usually revolves around soft flour tortillas, grilled meats, and the descendants of Hermosillo's bacon-wrapped hot dogs. But with a coast on the Mar de Cortรฉs just as long as that of Sinaloa, travels in the region will prove how important seafood is to sonorenses as well.

With the seal of Sonora emblazoned proudly on the side of the 10 year old truck, Mariscos El Yaqui has been taking this underdog status head-on since opening. A couple weeks ago they decided to open a brick and mortar on the opposite side of Santa Ana up on 17th Street.

The rear of a parking lot used by a strip mall is often full of more cars than the sections closer to storefronts, thanks to the loyal following of patrons the truck has been cultivating and pleasing for a decade.

The name and the cartoon logo of the business come from the namesake Uto-aztecan speaking people who inhabit the valley of the Rรญo Yaqui (and a smaller portion in Arizona).

On a recent visit with friends, a greedy amount of menu items were procured and thoroughly enjoyed.

Tostada de aguachile ($8)

Tostada de ceviche de pescado ($4.50)

Tostada de ceviche de camarones ($5)

Tostada caliente ($8)

Tostada pico de callo ($10)

One of the standout tostada orders, and a way to sample a lot at once if you are alone, is the tostada huerfana ($10, below), named an "orphan" for no apparent reason other than irony. In fact it is an embarrassment of riches, the lovely ceviche de pescado is topped with camarones cocidos and aguachile.

Tostada huerfana ($10)

Remedio de squirt ($4.50)


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