Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tijuana Seafood - Tacos Kokopelli, El Mazateno, Erizo

Grilled Octopus at Tacos Kokopelli in Tijuana

We were back in Tijuana this past Saturday for our second weekend in a row. This time we went on a progressive seafood meal organized by Turista Libre and Life&Food.

When we ate at the Tacos Kokopelli stand at last weekend's Baja Beer Fest, I thought their name seemed familiar. It turns out that they were our first stop on this trip.

Tacos Kokopelli in Tijuana

Tacos Kokopelli is a little stand in front of a print shop a few blocks south and east of the tourist stretch on Revolución.

We had two of the same tacos we had last weekend - the "Kraken" (grilled octopus) and the Marlin Pibil. They were even better this time around.

Kraken octopus taco at Tacos Kokopelli in Tijuana

We got the octopus served inside a green chile before being wrapped in the corn tortilla. The chile not only adds great flavor, but it also acts as a barrier to help keep your taco from falling apart. We may have to steal this technique when making tacos at home.

Our second stop was El Mazateño - a Sinaloan seafood restaurant. The place was surprisingly large inside and was bustling with activity.

Mariscos El Mazateno in Tijuana

We first tried a cup of their shrimp broth - rich, quite spicy and a great way to whet your appetite:

Shrimp broth at Mariscos El Mazateno in Tijuana

Then the main event - their famous camarón enchilado (spicy shrimp) taco:

Camaron enchilado taco at Mariscos El Mazateno in Tijuana

Not overly hot, but very flavorful and a generous portion. We piled them up with the provided pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and sauces and got down to the serious business of trying to eat the tacos before they self destructed.

Our last seafood stop was Erizo Baja Fish House and Market - one of the places run by Baja Med restaurateur Javier Plascencia.

Erizo Baja Fish House and Market in Tijuana

We relaxed in the comfortable, modern space and enjoyed fish and mango tostadas:

Fish and mango tostada at Erizo Baja Fish House and Market in Tijuana

I'm not always a fan of fruit and seafood mixed together, but this tostada was fantastic. Everything was perfectly seasoned and the brightness of the mango went very well with the fish (a ceviche of Cabichuco - a type of white sea bass).

That was the end of the seafood portion of the program - now it was time for dessert!

Tepoznieves in Tijuana

Tepoznieves is an ice cream chain originating in Tepoztlán - a small town outside of Mexico city. They carry a ridiculous number of flavors - ranging from the standard favorites to the bizarre.

Tepoznieves in Tijuana

I went relatively conservative - pistachio, coconut with gin, and mangolin (mango with red chile):

Tepoznieves in Tijuana

My favorite of the flavors I tried was the mangolin (hidden at the bottom of the cup pictured above). It reminded me of an ice cream version of the fresh mango with chile you can get from street vendors all over Mexico.

We highly recommend all of the places we stopped on this trip, and more importantly, we recommend that you get yourself down to Tijuana.

Tacos Kokopelli
Avenida Ocampo near the corner of Bulevar Agua Caliente

Mariscos El Mazateño
Calzada Tecnologico, No. 473
Tomas Aquino

Erizo Baja Fish House and Market
Ave. Sonora 3808

Sánchez Taboada 10737

1 comment:

  1. Tepoznieves is a company that was created by a son of Plácido Domingo (the tenor or baritone, depending on what you're listening to). It does not sell ice cream. It sells a variety of ices (granités, granitas) along the lines of what were served to Moctezuma and Cuauhtémoc. It also sells some ices containing milk. The company had a page in Wikipedia but someone felt the need to erase it.

    The place is certainly worth a visit.


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