There are lots of good places to eat Mexican food in Sarasota. What sets this restaurant apart -- in a good way -- are the excellent seafood dishes. My husband and I are snowbirds and since arriving in December, we've eaten here here about once a week. Despite our many visits, we rarely repeat what we've ordered. Between the daily specials and the many appealing options on the regular menu, we haven't wanted to.
We've particularly enjoyed:
Mariscada Azteca (a Mexican version of cioppino/bouillabaisse)
Fish in Veracruz sauce (a bright and tangy lemon-caper sauce)
Fish topped with Shrimp & Calamari rings in Garlic Sauce
(There's a mound of rice on the side to absorb all that wonderful sauce)
Shrimp/Calamari/Oyster cocktail (Mexican spelling: coctel -- The small size "chico" is enough!);
(This is a cross between a mixed seafood cocktail and a ceviche)
Shrimp Fajitas and Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp Ranchero (There's a spicier version called "a la Diabla". My husband wanted spicy but
not "Diabla-spicy" The chef met his request spot on by upping the spice of the house-
made Ranchera sauce.)
In the non-fish/seafood area, we've enjoyed...
Cochinita Pibil (Marinated and roasted pork that is served in large chunks)
Finally, the flan is one of the best flans we've ever had. The caramelized sugar syrup is browned enough to provide a good contrast to the excellent creamy custard.
The wait staff is family and customers are welcomed like friends of the family. The pride in the family business is obvious
Someone we know muttered darkly about the version of the restaurant that used to exist on Main Street. I don't know anything about what might have existed in the past. All I know is that today Mariscos Azteca serves perfectly cooked, impeccably fresh seafood along with the classics of Mexican restaurants. The reasonable prices -- especially for seafood -- and large portions make this a very accessible and appropriate restaurant for everyone.
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