Ken Leighton 2 p.m., Feb. 22
Tijuana restaurant is totally worth the wait in the linea
I have got to start bringing my phone with me when I go to Mexico. I always try to travel extra-light, but there are too many things to take pictures of. For example, it’s a shame that I didn’t get a snapshot of the lounge at La Corriente Cevicheria Nais when I went there last week following the recommendations of TJ-savvy Reader staffer Chad Deal. While the front of the restaurant is the spitting image of the Krusty Krab from Spongebob Squarepants, the hipster barroom out back bears Victorian trappings in the form of wingback chairs around coffee table seating and taxidermied animals on the walls.
Seriously, it’s very cool and a mere hop, skip, and a jump from the border; on Sixth Avenue, just east of Revolution. One can easily park and walk to ensure an even quicker trip from SD to TJ for some bomb ceviche.
LA Corriente produces exceptional aguachiles, on tostadas or served right in an enormous molcajete for “however you do it” consumption. I confess, I began scooping up the spicy, lime juice soaked shrimps with fried tortillas, but I graduated to just eating them with a fork.
Ahi tuna and red snapper tostadas are both must haves. The ahi comes dressed with soy sauce, fried onions, and avocado, while the snapper is a cleaner presentation that lets the delicate fish be king. I found the tostada ”de la reyna” something of a flop, as the sea of carrot juice in which the whole thing floated was too weird to overcome. Would that I could have gotten a dozen oysters in its stead! It matters little, however, since a meal for moderate eaters barely broke $30 US...and that includes a few of the fun mezcal based cocktails that the bar mixes up.
Anybody looking for a TJ mariscos quickie should follow Mr. Deal’s lead and get to La Corriente on the double quick.