June 19, 2009 1 Comment
As a Westsider, Lobster Burritos are probably something I expect in my neck of the woods. And they would probably command at least double what I paid for at Via-Mar. Would it be as good? I can’t say. But take the word of this gringo here if it means anything to you, the Lobster Burrito at Via-Mar is pretty darn money!
I felt I needed a Lobster Burrito so I drove on over to Highland Park. Via-Mar is on Figueroa in between Ave. 51 and Ave. 52. Street parking in the area should be abundant. I’ve hit a good streak of Mexican seafood places. I’ve only tried two though, hahaha. The other being Mariscos 4 Vientos in Boyle Heights.
I ordered the Lobster Burrito, a Shrimp Taco, and an Horchata to wash all the goodness down. Let me start with the burrito. Pretty sizeable chunks of lobster have a light batter on them and is fried to a perfect crisp. The fried lobster is just tasty itself. It’s wrapped in a warm tortilla with rice, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, crema, and some hot sauce. The crema adds a slight sweetness as well as richness to the taste of the overall burrito but it is nicely balanced with hot sauce that adds a slight lingering kick. This stuff is legit. This stuff is good.
The Shrimp Taco was good as well, but I was full enough from the burrito. After a few bites into the taco, I started picking off the shrimp. It was sitting as I was eating my burrito and I was surprised the shrimp wasn’t that soggy. Oh, the shrimp is also fried like the lobster. But at $2.75 for this taco, I feel it’s a better deal to get this in burrito form. The same probably goes for the lobster burrito which is at $6. The other time I was here, I got the Lobster Burrito and the Shrimp Taco Dorado-style (hard-shell/deep-fried). I felt the Dorado Shrimp Tacos were a lot better at Mariscos 4 Vientos and it’s a bit cheaper at $1.50.
That being the case, come here for Lobster Burritos. I think it’s a pretty good deal for what they put out. And I’m not taking anything away from the fact that it’s pretty good regardless of price.
5111 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042