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I wasn’t in Los Angeles for very long, but I knew for sure I needed to eat some good Mexican food when I was there, and few things are as good as Mexican seafood tostadas. After doing some research I ended up driving towards downtown LA to eat at a restaurant and street food truck called Mariscos 4 Vientos. I didn’t realize at the time I was eating there, but they had two differing places to eat – you could eat inside, it’s kind of a blue painted restaurant from the outside, or you could choose to eat from the food truck which was parked along the side of Olympic Blvd. I chose to eat at the truck, and actually since there wasn’t much seating, we got our tostadas and tacos and headed back to the car to eat in the car.
At Mariscos 4 Vientos I ordered a few of their shrimp tacos (tacos de camaron) for my wife. The tacos were had shell, and came filled with bits of shrimp, and with plenty of tomato salsa on the side as well as plenty of avocado to go with them. The shrimp were fresh and firm, with some kind of almost creamy sauce on the inside. They were overall quite good, but nothing compared to the Mexican seafood tostadas I ordered and ate next.
I started off my meal with a mixta tostada, a mix of different bits of seafood, like shrimp, octopus, and fish ceviche, all piled onto a crunchy tostada base. One of the best things about eating tostadas is that you’ve got so many goodies on top, without too much tortilla or carbs to block all the delicious flavor of the fresh ingredients. So when you eat a tostada, the ingredients have to be good – you can’t cover them up with anything. At Mariscos 4 Vientos, the ingredients were fresh and the portions of everything were pretty generous. On the bottom of the mixta tostada was a first layer of fish ceviche, minced fish mixed with tomatoes and onions, and seasoned with pepper, salt, and lots of lime juice. Then came a layer of octopus and shrimp, and also a thick layer of fresh creamy avocado. Everything together was bursting with flavor, the seafood was all fresh, and the flavor was nice and sour from the lime juice. I couldn’t resist but to add on a bunch of the salsa chili sauce provided. The salsa was a little spicy, and had a wonderful dry chili flavor to it. This Mexican seafood tostada was awesome, I was extremely happy.
I also got ceviche de camaron, a shrimp ceviche, bits of shrimp mixed with onions and tomatoes and cooked in the acid of the lime juice, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Since we got it for takeaway, and since there was a lot of juice, this ceviche tostada wasn’t assembled, but the tostada shells were instead served on the side. Since I was eating in the car, and it could have gotten quite messy, I decided not to assemble the tostada, but to just leave it separate and just dip bites of tostada chips in the ceviche. The shrimp ceviche was incredible, it may have been my favorite dish at Mariscos 4 Vientos. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned, tender, and full of flavor. Finally, we also ordered a tostada of aguachile rojo, a red shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were left whole and within a tomatoey and slightly spicy red colored soup. It was nice and salty and a little sour, but I overall I liked the flavor better of the other two tostadas.
All the Mexican seafood we ordered at Mariscos 4 Vientos was delicious, and if you’re ever looking for extremely tasty Mexican seafood dishes when you’re in LA, this is a good restaurant and street food truck to try.
If you want to eat here, here’s the information:
Mariscos 4 Vientos
Address: 3332 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Open hours: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm daily
They take cash only.
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This meal was eaten and made by Mark Wiens and Ying Wiens: http://migrationology.com/blog & http://www.eatingthaifood.com/ & http://www.travelbyying.com/
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