Thursday, June 1, 2017
Mariscos El Puerto
5599 Riverside Dr
Chino, CA 91710
Today, David Allen review Mariscos El Puerto in Chino. Last night I was craving fish tacos but didn't have time to go for a fish taco. So, when I saw David's review I figured I should go to Mariscos El Puerto.
As you can see Mariscos El Puerto used to be a gas station in it's past life. It's counter service and they have a bar, if you want to wash down your fish tacos with a beer. I was surprised that the dining area was pretty large. There are about 15-20 tables.
Fish taco-$1.75 and Shrimp taco-$2.29
The first thing about these tacos is that the tortilla is made from corn. I actually like corn tortillas better because they are firmer and hold up the toppings better than flour tortilla. When I asked what the fish tacos were made from, I was give the answer a "white fish, sea bass." I'm pretty sure this is swai fish. It was well cooked, crunchy, but there is a bit too much batter. The shrimp didn't have as much batter as the fish, and there were about 3-4 medium sized shrimp in this taco. All the toppings were fresh. Overall I like the fish taco, really like the shrimp taco.
I understand the fish tacos are $1 on Tuesdays.
Service is friendly and pretty good. BUT, there was a group of three women in front of me when I arrived. The must have taken 10 minutes to order their damn food! I mean, how do they handle what I assume is a busy $1 fish taco lunch rush? The lady taking the order was nice and friendly, but she didn't have a clue about what fish they use or didn't want to tell me! She also took forever taking the orders of the 3 ladies in front of me. The tacos came out quickly.
I would go back to Mariscos El Puerto, I like the nostalgia of an old gas station turned into a restaurant. I will go back on a Tuesday and see how busy they are and how quickly they get through the line!