While driving down Clairemont Drive last week, I noticed another taco truck in the old service station at the corner of Clairemont Drive and Balboa:
As I drove up to the intersection, I thought I could read "Mariscos German", not believing what I saw I rubbed my eyes, almost sending me over the median. No way, it couldn't be...... not in this neck of the woods. But as I made the u-turn and drove into the parking lot, I could read the bold blue lettering.....
The menu sure did look promising, and the print and address on the front panel looked legit. I sauntered up to the window and asked the magic question, "is this the Mariscos German, with the truck on 35th and University??" To which the young lady replied, "we recently sold that, and another truck, but yes..."
Which means I had to get a Gobernador:
Mariscos German makes my favorite version of this pseudo-stir-fried shrimp, celery, bell peppers, onion, and tomato taco. The shrimp was cooked perfectly, and the flavor came through clearly. The tomato added some nice acidity to the taco. Everything was enrobed in a corn tortilla protected from the juices of the filling by a layer of melted cheese. Very nice......
I also had a Marlyn Taco, basically a smoked fish taco:
This one was a bit different from the versions I've had at other MG locations. First off, the fish was less greasy, and also didn't have as strong a smokey flavor. Second, it was much more fishy than what I recalled. This was ok, but not as good as what I had previously eaten at MG, and probably not what Ed from Yuma had. Perhaps it was just an off day.....
And just because it was only 99 cents, I had a fish taco:
I'm kinda on the fence about the Tacos de Pescado. There's something about the batter that I'm not too fond of, and I find the crema to ba a bit too "mayonnais-sy" if you know what I mean. Though at 99 cents, it may be worth your while to try it, because it could float your boat.
I ate all of this under the canopy set-up next to the truck. Two tables, and some chairs are available for your eating convenience. On the way to the car I picked up the Caldo de Pescado, fish soup, for the Missus. Even though I told Her that I was not a big fan of the consomme, it was short on tomato, and was very heavy handed with the celery, the Missus wanted to try the Caldo.
The soup was chock full of plump and tender fish, but the broth was really short on any flavor but that of....you guessed it, celery. It really needed a lot of help in the form of lime, oregano, and salt.
I had still not had one of my favorite items at MG, the Aguachile Tostada. Of course, this meant another visit.
Raw shrimp is "cooked" in lime and chile concoction, giving the shrimp a toothsome, but pleasant chew. I think that MG's version is nicely balanced for my tastes, spicy enough to bring a sheen of sweat to my brow, but not blasting hot. The sliced red onions adds a pleasant pungent-sweetness. The lime refreshes without washing everything out.
The amount of lime isn't as balanced in the "Cocteles".
The tomato water concoction will wake up your tastebuds, that's for sure. It is perhaps a bit heavy-handed with regards to the lime. I had originally wanted a Mexican Black Clam Coctele, but since they were out, I settled for regular clams. The generous amount of clam was meaty and sweet, which helped balance out the citrus. Not bad, but I've had better.
The lot is shared with a Smog Check, and on certain evening with the La Princesita Taco Truck, but there is fairly ample parking. Along with the La Princesita Taco truck, this little corner is starting to liven up. Being a mere mile and a half from home, I'm sure I'll be hitting up this truck quite often.
Mariscos German Truck
Located on the corner of Balboa and Clairemont Drive. Open daily from 8-9 am (the sign says 8am, but the young lady told me its "more like 9am") until dusk (the sign says 730pm, but the young lady told me 6 or 7)