Mariscos Playa Azul

Listen to people and order what they tell you to order. That's what I need to remind myself when staring at a new menu.

A few months back the Mexican grocery store on Silverton Rd NE caught fire and burned to the ground. I happened to be in the neighborhood at the time and was talking to people about the businesses that were in there. If you remember, the sign had like 5  or 6 different names on it. I don't think I could come up with a better way to describe the place then the Mexican grocery store. Anyway, everyone was really sad that the guy that sells the chicken out front wouldn't be there. They said their chicken was the best in town, barbecued in a smoker out front. So the other day, I was driving up Silverton Rd, headed to Salvador's when I noticed smoke pouring out of a bbq in the parking lot next door to my destination. I pulled in to investigate and discovered, with my best broken Spanish, that these are the folks from the burned down grocery store.(I think)

Here's where things went the wrong direction for me. I went to the trailer to order, looking up at the menus on the side. When I say menus, I mean there was at least three different ones posted on the side. It looked like there was maybe three different businesses here? The price for tacos advertised out front, $1, was different from the price on the menu in front of me, $1.50. It really threw me off, so I went into a cautious mode. My default selection at a small Mexican restaurant is a carne asada burrito. Not even seeing it on the menu, I ordered a carne pollo buritto. Somehow they steered me into a "Super Burrito" with chicken for $5.

They must have thought I was some kind of big eater. This thing was huge, full of nice big chunks of that barbecued chicken. Biting into it unleashed a wave of the sauce pouring out the cavity I created with my bite. More napkins became immediately necessary but not easily found on the picnic table I was eating on. I used the ones I had efficiently, but they were not enough, leaving me with gooey hands post meal. I actually didn't eat the whole thing. It wasn't very good. The only reason to finish this thing off, was to satisfy my mother's voice in my head telling me "you have to clean your plate or there will be no dessert."(I wonder why my kids don't have that same voice. I guess I have more work to do with them.)

So, I ate as much of this massive tortilla with meat as I could stand, regretting that I didn't get the 1/4 chicken that I came there for. The chicken that everyone told me was great. Now I'm stuck with a dilemma. Should I go back to this taco stand that I didn't particularly like and try something else on the menu(mind you Salvador's is next door.) or do I cut my losses and try somewhere else? A google search didn't result in an address for this place yet, so I will give you the address for Salvador's, 3790 Silverton Rd. NE. Mariscos is in the parking lot next door on the other side of the bar.



9 comments:

Amecameca said...

Go back and get the 1/4 chicken dinner for $5.95 Salem Man. Then eat your words about the bad burrito (which will cause your readers to avoid this place). That's probably the only burrito they have sold in weeks. Burritos are American (Californian) food. Ordering a burrito at an authentic Mexican place like this one is like ordering chow mein at a good Chinese restaurant like Shenzhen in Portland. Don't do it. And BTW, this place has two names: El Pollo Feliz (the Happy Chicken) and Mariscos Playa Azul. I prefer to use the first name because the grilled chicken and rabbit (conejo) is really the specialty here.
For more information check out ...

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/276/1543583/restaurant/El-Pollo-Feliz-Mariscos-Playa-Azul-Salem

tracylee said...

OK, next time you need a translation, call or text me and I'll help out! :)

Chuck Bradley said...

They do have two menus. One for El Pollo Feliz (The Happy Chicken) and one for Mariscos Playa Azul (Blue Beach Shellfish). Amecameca, who posts here from time to time highly recommended this great place. His suggestions have never led me astray, so I had to try it. Here are my impressions from a visit a couple of weeks ago:

I took my bride here today. She had Carne Asada Tacos and loved 'em. I had their Oak Roasted Buttered Chicken Dinner (con frijoles y arroz). It was served with grilled onions and those delicious, but fiery, little roasted green peppers. I was given a foreleg of Roasted Rabbit, as a sample, and will definitely order it on my next visit. They have a big black wood fired roasting oven on the tarmac out front. Just the smell will get your salivary juices flowing. They also have a mélange of seafood items on the menu. This is a family run food trailer and it looked like just about the whole family was working today! I love that! I thought this place was great! In my experience, it's hard to get a bad meal at any of the many taco trucks and trailers around this town. This one's at the top of the heap.

Chuck Bradley said...

Sorry about the redundancy. I entered my post before Amecameca's was cleared, so I couldn't see it. OOPS!

karens82 said...

Yummmmmm--definitely go back and get some tacos. Absolutely delicious, and definitely on par with the tacos from Salvador's down the road!

Salem Man said...

Amecameca, Chuck, I will give it another try for the chicken but not for the seafood unless Tracylee is there with me to translate.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think that all of the reviews here should include more than one visit. It's really hard to [thoughtfully] sum up a restaurant and its complete menu in one visit. Attempting to do so is a disservice to the restaurant and to readers. just my .02.

Anonymous said...

After seeing this post I took my girlfriend to get some chicken. I was a little nervous about needing to use spanish as it sounded like I would need to, but luckily the lady taking my order spoke perfect english. The menu, however, largely defeated me. We ended up getting 1/2 chicken buttered and 1/2 chicken Diabla. Everything was delicious, but make sure you check your food if you're taking it to go, as we ended up with 1/2 Diabla and 1/4 buttered. We will be back for sure, most likely on a tues or thurs as they have $1 tacos. Also, if you like green salsa, I think theirs is the best in town.

Anonymous said...

I might have to give this place a try. I recently tried Salvador's and as much as I really wanted to love it (and I did love the pastries), I found a lot of their food to be dry :(