Down on South Sixth Avenue across the street from the rodeo grounds, there's a little white building that you probably don't remember. It's the kind of place you usually just drive by ... But I'm saying right now, take a chance on this one.
Asadero y Taqueria Sonora does a little bit of everything, but its specialty is the mariscos. On the back of the menu, you'll spot a range of seafood dishes like the bacon-wrapped Camarones Fantasias, pescados done Veracruz style or steamed in foil, and of course the beloved ceviches and shrimp cocktails.
I was hungry and alone, so I ordered three tacos: Two of them were steamy seafood specials filled with all manner of shrimps, octopus disks and a true Sonoran specialty, manta ray. (More on this one later in the series, but let me just say, this shredded version tasted like a darker, gamier tuna fish.)
But the ready-for-showbiz taco of the bunch was the camaron empanizado, shrimp sliced lengthwise and then breaded and fried until crisp. With that bright stack of lettuce, tomato and avocado, it was a sight to behold. But you know what? This whole place is cute, once you're in the building ...
Weird fact: The restaurant is owned by Ramon Bohon of El Merendero. And just so you know, the sign outside actually says Restaurante y Mariscos Sonora.
Location: 24 W. Irvington Road
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day
Payment: accepts debit and credit