Well, here you are again at mmm-yoso!!! a page probably bookmarked on your computer. Today's post is written by Cathy, because Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are just too busy enjoying Summer to stop and write.
Usually The Mister and I are driving elsewhere and stop and discover a new-to-us place to eat; rarely do we head out of the house with a destination in mind. Negro Durazo is one of those rare places. Mexican seafood, freshly prepared, served hot or cold, is unique in its flavor profiles and amazingly satisfying. I have posted about Negro Durazo on two other occasions yet could have written dozens of posts of meals enjoyed here.
The location of the store, on Broadway at College in Lemon Grove, just South of the 94 freeway, can look difficult to get to at first sight, but there are three entrances into the parking lot, so don't worry.
Once inside, you'll probably be seated in the cavernous area to your right, which has many speakers, a few television sets...
and a stage in the far back, which is used for live bands on weekends. Negro Durazo can be very busy (and loud) at times. We're usually here for breakfast and lunch though and either the juke box is playing happy music or there's some sort of Mexican sport event on TV.
After you place your order, thick, fresh chips and house salsa are brought out to your heavily condimented table. See the crackers and crispy tostadas behind the napkins?
This day, we could not decide from the hot or cold appetizer menu (which I encourage you to click onto and read; the names of some items are...interesting and the photos are fascinating) and decided what we really wanted to order was just the ample size/meant to be shared items. The Ceviche Mixto- three types of fresh made ceviche: shrimp, octopus and fish ($12.95). The bowl/plate it is served on is 10x10 inches square and about an inch deep: meant to be shared. There is a lot of fresh made, lime marinated seafood lightly mixed with cucumber, cilantro, tomato and onion. I pretty much have been ordering ceviche regularly this hot summer and this plate is satisfying.
The Mister decided on the queso fundido appetizer plate ($12.95). This medium-large oval plate is closer to two inches deep, is filled with a good quality mix of melted cheeses and topped with very large shrimp and served with fresh, hot tortillas.
I can see a group ordering these plates as appetizers and being very pleased anticipating the meal to arrive. We were full after eating all of this tasty fresh seafood and this was our order. We knew we'd be back.
Hope you are having a good week so far!
Negro Durazo 6954 Federal Boulevard at Broadway Lemon Grove CA 91945 (619)240-7148