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La Isla Mariscos
8140 North Loop Dr.
El Paso, TX
(915) 594-4672
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
21 Mexican
Smoking: No Smoking
Alcohol: Beer
Filete de Pescado: Pollack
Fish Soup:
Garlic Bread:
Chips: , Salsa:
8-Nov-04 1
La Isla serves traditional Mexican style fish and seafood, with no other items on the menu such as enchiladas or tacos (except fish tacos). With a large number of seafood places from which to choose, this one might not be the first that comes to mind. The pollack served is not the highest grade of fish, and La Isla is not one of the most inexpensive places. However, it has a few things going for it, foremost of which is the cooking style.

There are about 14 sauces available with either fish or shrimp, many of which I have not seen in other restaurants, running the gamut from the popular garlic or Veracruzano to Hawaii. I tried Fish with Pibil Maya Sauce, made with achiote chile. It was cooked inside tin foil, and the waiter opened it to reveal almost an explosion of colors and aromas. The fish was fairly fresh, but nothing like the high quality found on the west or east coasts. The red pibil sauce, however, was quite interesting and flavorful, and really made it an extraordinary meal.

The side dishes were not as interesting as at other places, and were mostly starches with a large pile of rice and french fries on the side.

The pibil sauce and the fish soup served as an appetizer were so spicy that I'm giving this restaurant a "4 chile" rating, something I don't normally do for seafood places.

Other items were very good, such as the chips, salsa, and garlic bread. Ceviche is extra, so I did not try any.

This seems to be a very good place to try different Mexican sauces on fish or shrimp--I was very impressed with the one I had.

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