Oct 30, 2003, 11:28 PM
Post #5 of 10
I don't know the name of the place. It's under a tent on that street that borders Espinos on the Ancha. Just go out Espinos (or El Tomate's) door, turn left, then turn left again at the next street. (Wish I could find my missing map of SMA.) About 50 yards down this street, on the left, you will come to the tent. It is typically crowded, and for good reason.
The place is owned by an older gringo in partnership with a home boy who does all the cooking. They serve fish tacos -- two fairly large and very tasty fish fillets on tortillas, with fixins on the side, for 100 pesos. This is one of the best bargains in SMA. The cerveza is also reasonable priced, and they serve a really good cole slaw for 5 pesos.
I understand the burgers there are quite good, too. They import the beef from Chicago. A quarter pound burger is 250 and a half pound job 350.
The waitress is bi-lingual.
To comment on something mentioned in this string, frozen fish is often preferable to fresh fish. I used to buy the frozen tuna and halibut at Trader Joe's in the States. It was flash frozen at sea and shrink wrapped. It retained all the great flavor when defrosted correctly. What's more, it was caught far out at sea. Mexican fish are caught close to the coast and so are more likely to have been dining on the massive amounts of raw pollution that Mexico dumps directly into the sea without treatment. This pollution includes known carcinogens like cadmium that are absorbed by the lowest elements of the food change that eventually get ingested by the fish.
The situation in the United States is not much better.
Actually, anything taken from close to the coast in any part of the Gulf of Mexico is quite likely to be polluted. Diners in Texas are warned to avoid eating raw oysters unless they have been certified "clean," which means they were probably raised at "oyster farms."
Of course, for a guy my age, polluted sea life is probably not going to shorten my life appreciably. The question is how horrible a death might result from cadmium-laced fish. So I stick to the farm raised trout sold at Costco. I used to buy their salmon in the States, but it's just too expensive down here at about 1200 pesos a pound. Anyway, it's just been reported that the levels of carcenogenic PCB's found in farm-raised Atlantic salmon has been found to be way higher than the lowest level EPA warns is dangerous for human consumption.
I won't even go into the issue of how the factory fishing vessels from all over the world have swept the oceans practically clean of fish, reducing many species to levels that practically guarantee their extinction. So pretty soon we may not have to worry about polluted fish. There won't be any fish in the sea to eat at all!