We found Mariscos Las Palmas while staying in San Marcos, CA. at the Residence Inn by Marriot. We did not know where to go where good food was being served, but we sure wanted to find the best options. At the Residence Inn we were given a paper with several dining places, by groups according to the distance to the hotel. For some reason there were no Mexican places in the list, and since we do love good Mexican food, like Albondigas soup, 7 Mares, Carne Asada, etc., we made it our mission to locate with the help of Yelp a good Mexican restaurant, but we knew already how rare is to find a truly good place these days. All the big chains do not meet the criteria, and mostly sell bland, insipid food. We have had more than our share of mediocre outings, where the only reward was a bout of acid indigestion later the same day. Almost by accident we found Mariscos Las Palmas, and since it was not very far we took a chance while crossing our collective fingers.
The place is kind of small compared to an Acapulco, per say. Once inside the vibes were just right. Old pictures of who appeared to be Pancho Villa gave the place a definite sense of personality. Two lovely waitresses were taking care of the place. Lupe and Tiffanny (yes, we asked their names, now, that's how cute they turned out to be!). We took a nice table and proceeded to check their menu, which was extensive. Noticed right away that some of their menu items were priced very fair, meaning nicely affordable. Like a Carne Asada plate for $7.99?
Chips arrived with a very desirable salsa, while not too far away a salsa table offered many other varieties. Lupe turned out to be so nice, in no time I was calling her Lupita, like if I known her for years. She did not seem to mind. Plates ordered:
Shrimp Ceviche on a Tostada, mexican style $4.50? Nice serving, not too shabby, had the flavor and it was enough to be enjoyed by two out of our three of a perfect pair trio. I am not particularly crazy for this type of ceviche, I am definitely addicted to the peruvian model, but this one tasted fresh and disappeared in no time. 3.5 Stars.
Two Fried Fish Tacos, combination plate with rice and beans $6.99. Very nice plate for those who like fish tacos, with beans and rice that tasted equally good. 3.5 Stars.
Carne Asada plate $7.99. This one looked and was very tasty, plenty of food for one person, accompanied by a plate with chili's, cilantro, limes, and warm corn tortillas. A definite winner. 4 Stars!
Sopa 7 Mares $12.50?, a big bowl of the mexican interpretation of the Bouillabaisse. Seafood variety, octopus, fish, mussels, local crab, and a very enticing broth that actually tasted like the sea. Came with tortillas, and a plate with all the makings to exalt the dish. Very tasty, I thought. They also make Menudo for those who like a very good Menudo. The seafood soup 4 Stars!
Flan $3? Very tasty flan, home made by the mother of the owner. Nice ending for sure! 5 Stars! Needless to say we have returned many times since we moved to Temecula. We happen to go to Camp Pendleton quite a lot, and it is the perfect excuse to stop by on our way back home.
The thing I like the most about this place is that you get your money's worth. There is a giant burrito for $4.95 that truly is gigantic, will require a siesta upon completion.
Might not look as spectacular as a huge expensive franchise, but when it comes to food, it is a class act. 4.5 Stars!
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