Mariscos 4 Vientos
June 27, 2009 8 Comments
After seeing pictures of the Shrimp Tacos on LA Taco, I knew Mariscos 4 Vientos would soon have to be crossed off my I-seriously-need-to-go-there list. I headed east on Olympic Blvd. and learned that the street suddenly ends in the Fashion District in Downtown and mysteriously starts elsewhere. I started looking for the truck in unfamiliar territory. Then I ended up on an intersection where I thought the truck was supposed to be at. Great. But I had to use the bathroom. So I continued back on Olympic to find a supermarket or something. Well, several blocks down, I found the brick and mortar location of Mariscos 4 Vientos with a bathroom. Nice. And then I had the Shrimp Taco experience at Mariscos 4 Vientos. That was a few weeks ago.
I’ve gone a couple of times since. I’ve never had anything quite like these tacos before and they’re great. You have a generous amount of shrimp with some sort of mixture that’s in tortillas and then deep fried. It’s covered in their salsa and a generous amount of avocado. The salsa has a refreshing taste to it, kinda different from the salsas at other taquerias where they have more of an earthly taste.
But don’t stop with the Shrimp Tacos here. Go on and try the other things that they offer. The Tostada with Ceviche and Shrimp is pretty good too. There’s a nice citrus flavor and may I add that they are very generous with the amount of shrimp they pile on. And on every table there is a bag of tostadas which, I suppose, you can take as much as you please. The Coctel de Camaron is also great. Again, Mariscos 4 Vientos is generous with the shrimp. The cocktail sauce has a nice sweetness to it. The Coctel would be awesome on a hot summer day to cool you down.
This brings me to wonder… I wonder how some dining establishments are able to offer great food with generous portions at generous prices whereas other places offer great food but with not-so-generous portions at not-so generous prices. Eh, I guess I do have some idea why: Cost of doing business, property value, supply and demand, the cost of living, etc. etc. Well, can’t have everything your way, right?
Something that’s pretty neat is the roving bands that play here. Live music! With maybe a little price attached.
Mariscos 4 Vientos
3332 E. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023