When I came back from Turkey, I still had a few glorious days of vacation to do whatever I want: namely, drive around and enjoy sunny Los Angeles, unfettered by the restrictions of a nine-to-five, getting home in time to fall into intense death-like slumber at weird hours of the day. One morning, I had an errand to run in Highland Park (OK, said errand was to take advantage of this vacation time to finally go to Galco's Soda Pop Stop, a fascinating little shop with a million different bottles of soda from around the world. I went to get this limited edition reissue (can a soda be reissued?) of an old Highland Park cream soda. It was good.), and quickly realized I needed lunch.
Mariscos Sinaloa. A reminder of how easy it is to find excellent, cheap Mexican food in this city if you just step out of the hipster vortex a little (and bring your Yelp app). Their shrimp ceviche tostada, at about $3.50, was so fresh and bright: a pretty giant mound of tangy shrimp, tomatoes, chopped onions and cilantro (I know. I used to hate it, too. It actually grew on me) piled on a crisp tostada. Perfect lunch on a sunny LA summer vacation day.
Mariscos Sinaloa is at 5633 York Blvd. in Highland Park
Galco's is at 5702 York Blvd.