Mariscos Ensenada: Hold On to Your Margarita to Escape the Hyper Tension
Photo by Alex Rodriguez Street view of Mariscos Ensenada
Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.
The Place: Mariscos Ensenada
The Food: Mexican seafood
The Backstory: You guessed it! Family owned and run by the owners' son.
The Price: $10.95 for spicy pescado
Mariscos Ensenada doesn't really look open for business. It has a certain "we're closed" vibe from the outside, but that's not the case. I was surprised to see that it was actually open on the occasions I visited.
Photo by Alex Rodriguez Mariscos Ensenada interior.
Standing inside (at nighttime, at least) will remind you that you left your sunglasses in the car - it's stark white inside. There's not a hint of darkness except for the royal blue tiles and chairs scattered about the restaurant.
Ok, so it's a little asylum-y looking. Big deal. On to the rest of it.