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The ceviche de camaron in particular is one of the best I’ve had

For geographical reasons that are beyond me, a 10-minute drive south of LAX will land you in a section of town that holds one of the best collection of Mexican seafood restaurants in Los Angeles. Draw a small circle on a map where the nebulous borders of Inglewood, Lennox and Hawthorne cross and you will find it includes such solid marisquerias as El Puerto Escondido, Mariscos Moni, and the highly-regarded Mariscos Chente, roughly forming a Bermuda Triangle of mariscos inside of which many others are hidden. One of my current favorites is the tiny La Sirena Azul, which lies in a quiet stretch of Century Boulevard located in South Inglewood. It’s not so much a restaurant as a kitchen with few tables out front, flanked on either side by a dusty jukebox and a beer cooler.

On almost every table you’ll see severals tostadas de ceviche, which can be had for only a $1.50 each. A crispy tortilla is topped with either pescado (tilapia), camaron (shrimp), pulpo (octopus) or abúlon (abalone) then mixed with lime juice, tomatoes, cilantro and onions and topped with a few slivers of avocado. The ceviche de camaron in particular, is one of the best I’ve had, the sweet tender shrimp balancing the acid of the lime juice nicely. Further improvements can be had with a fews shakes of their home-made hot sauce, which sits on the table disguised in refilled Tapatio bottles, though La Sirena’s version is much spicy and thicker than the commercial hot sauce it replaces.

La Sirena Azul
4545 W Century Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90304
(310) 673-5201

Read the full review with more pictures at LosAngeliciousTimes.com

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