Living in Escondido for the past 15 years, I have eaten at many different Mexican food restaurants, but nothing has compared to Mariscos El Camaron located at 126 S. Kalmia St. in downtown Escondido. Mariscos has been open for one year here in town and is owned by Moises Cuevas, who also owns two other Mariscos restaurants located in Chula Vista. When you are in a city where you can throw a stone to the nearest Mexican eatery, I am glad that mine landed at this jewel.
Mariscos El Camaron specializes in seafood that is prepared by Chef Hugo Lozaya who has been preparing fresh Nayarit style cuisine for the past eight years. His passion for notonly delicious, fresh food shows completely when your meal is served, but the presentation is food for the eyes.
I went to the restaurant with a few friends and we were greeted by the wonderful manager Elena Lozano, who treated us like we were a part of the family from the moment we walked in. The décor is open and inviting with a modern
Mexican theme and gorgeous bar as the focal point. The employees were all so friendly, accommodating and seemed like they actually enjoyed working for this establishment.
Our waiter was Abby Miramontes who was absolutely fabulous in not only serving us, but suggesting various foods. Elena and Abby brought us various cuisines that embodied everythingthat I love about Mexican food while on my travels through Mexico growing up.
We started with the usual chips and salsa along with margaritas and this new drink I had never experienced before called Paloma Blanca. This drink combined lemon soda, tequila, fresh squeezed lemon with a rock of fresh sea salt and a tamarindo stick all prepared by the bartender Chris Garcia.
Chef Lozaya prepared dishes that I had never experienced here in the states and made the memories of my Mexico excursions all come flooding back. The fried calamari with fresh agua chili sauce was spicy with the perfect amount of crunch in the batter. Shrimp tacos are a staple here and inexpensive forthis quality appetizer that is served with a dried chile salsa that is creamy with a hint of chipotle flavor that is very addicting. I was dipping my warm tortilla chips in this magical sauce until the very end of my meal.
The Aguachile Mixto was gorgeous in the stone bowl that was brought out with the steamed shrimp lining the side and so much fresh seafood like octopus, shrimp, scallops with a delicious citrus marinade and cut up onions and cucumber mixed together. Once again, the tortilla chips were a perfect match with this seafood concoction.
I have to say that my favorite part of the meal was the dish Pescado A Las Brasas. This was awhole marinated grilled fish served on a beautiful platter full of grilled bean tacos, rice, beans and grilled vegetables. This dish takes about 20 minutes to create but is well worth the wait!
Mariscos has many different things to offer in not only cuisine, but in culture as well. A Mariachi band is at the restaurant on Sundays from 2 to 8 p.m. and they will be offering catering starting May 5. Stop by and enjoy some amazing Mexican cuisine that is sure to be a new favorite choice in one of many amazing restaurants that the city of Escondido has to offer.
Thank you to the staff Elena Lozano, Abby Miramontes, Chris Garcia and Chef Hugo Lozaya for making our dinner experience amazing!