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Comida de Sinaloa (Mexico) cross-post with chowhound.com (BACKPOST)

Posted by beer_chris on 5-October-2004

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On Market street in Baytown just to the east of the ExxonMobil refinery gates is a little seafood place called 'El Sinaloense Restaurant'.

The fish ceviche tostadas are fantastic. Very fresh fish mixed with onion and cilantro.

The fried oysters and shrimp are to die for – breaded in a mixture of masa and shredded tortillas (I think). Each piece is half awesome breading and half seafood. They've been out of oysters the last few weeks because of fresh water inundation from the storm, but I am anxiously awaiting their return.

The soups are prepared to order with fish, shrimp, oysters, octopus or a mix. The soup base is a rich peppery mixture that smells strongly of cumin. I really love the little purple chunks of octopus swimming in the chili-flavored broth.

The most popular item they serve is a seafood cocktail, which comes in multiple sizes and can be made with any of the ingredients. Every time I head into the restaurant, at least 10 people come in and pick up to-go seafood cocktails in tall styrofoam cups. The cocktails are made with a sauce that tastes something like a mix between V-8 and picante, garnished with avocado, cilantro and served with a wedge of lime and some saltines. They can be ordered in large enough sizes to make a meal, and most of the customers do just that (at least at lunchtime)

The tortas are huge, and on fresh bolillos. The requisite Tex Mex on the menu is OK, nothing special. They have burgers, but why? The really good stuff is the seafood!

Prices are not awesome, like some of the taquerias in Baytown (at most of them you can get 4 or 5 tacos for under 4 bucks), but are reasonable – I can get out of there for under 10 bucks for a lunch of almost 100% seafood.

My waiter/cashier/short order cook told me his family came from the Mexican state of Sinaloa (Pacific and Gulf of California coast of Mexico) to open this place, and that the seafood is authentic cuisine of that region.

Are there other restaurants in the Houston area serving food from Sinaloa?

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