Since my return from Paris, I’ve fallen back on the taco wagon, hard… Even if I’m not hungry, I can’t walk past a taco-vending institution, be it a truck or a shop without stopping for at least one. Or two. And some ceviche. I was walking past Chelsea Market the other day, attempting to shout through my phone over the construction noise across the street, and Los Mariscos called to me like a gentle summer breeze rolling in off the crisp, blue waters of the Baja Pacific. Needless to say, after my coffee date with a friend, I said “Welp, gotta get home,” but really I went here and then home.
I walked in around lunch time, and so needless to say the entire construction crew was in here getting lunch. Their menu consists of tacos, ceviches and aguachiles, and cocktails and micheladas. If you’ve ever boarded a bus from San Diego to Tijuana, you’d know that the taco carts separate meat and fish. So while Los Tacos is your Chelsea Market outpost for a meatier meal, Los Mariscos serves exclusively seafood.
The fish tacos are, in a word: incredible. They were only three dollars, which is really reasonable, especially in Chelsea. The ceviche especial was really delicious as well, however I didn’t care for the spicy shrimp tacos. They just weren’t great. There’s a salsa bar and an enthusiastic amount of hot sauces to choose from there as well. The vibe is nice, the restaurant is clean, and the service is good.
So good in fact, that they were even gracious to the person next to me who essentially committed a restaurant felony in asking if she could have an extra side of guacamole, as if she didn’t realize guacamole is never free. A friend of mine just told me he knew a girl who thought anchovies grew on trees. I consider this guacamole offense to be much worse. Other pertinent details include that they sell a good selection of Mexican beers and Jarritos, and that this is a great place for a quick lunch or super casual dinner with friends. It can be hard to come across an affordable meal in Chelsea, so this is a great spot to keep in your back pocket. Date or otherwise more serious dinner not recommended.