Taco Company - Mariscos Mexican Restaurant San
SAN PEDRO, CALIF.-- Our dining experiences in San Pedro
have been several misses and finally a
hit at Mariscos. The drive-through
restaurant on Gaffey Street caught my
eye when passing by on a busy Saturday,
as I noticed a lady out at a grill where
smoke was rising from it. Oooh! Could it
be? Smoked meats?
We drove on to our appointment at the
White Point Nature Preserve just a
few minutes around the bend on Paseo del
Mar and when we were done at 4 p.m., I
realized I hadn't eaten all day. The
rest of the family was so-so about food
but the conceded to let me try this
place that stayed on my mind.
Eddie Murillo of Mariscos Mexican
We parked our car and wandered
inside, deciding that it would be better
to eat there since our drive home could
take 45 minutes (it took nearly an hour
because of Saturday night traffic on 2nd
Street in Belmont Shore.)
A very clean cafe with tables, the
evening news on the TV, and three people
inside working the counter & drive
through didn't give many clues to the
popularity of the place. I looked at an
extensive menu board filled with all
kinds of things--tacos, sandwiches,
burritos, carnitas, combos and even a
"What's on the grill outside?" I
asked the nice guy at the counter.
"That's chicken," he said.
"I want that. How do I order the
chicken?" I asked him, trying not to get
too excited or hopeful. He pointed to
the blackboard in front of me with a
Pollo Special-- Half a Chicken, Rice &
Beans, and 3 Tortillas for $4.99.
I couldn't believe the low price and
asked again if this would include the
chicken smoking out on the grill. He
assured me it would. The other two in my
family ordered it, too. It
normally comes with grilled onions on
top, which were great for putting into
my tortillas I filled with chicken meat,
and dipped in the mild salsa Eddie
delivered with a basket of chips to our
We absolutely fell in love with the
chicken, which included a marinade that
was slightly sweet with a hint of spice
none of us could figure out. It was just
amazing, and the portions were generous.
In fact, we took some of it home and I
continued to feast on it, taste by taste
throughout the next day.
As we left, we asked Eddie Murillo
about the restaurant. It was founded by
his father around 15 years ago. It
used to be a dairy drive-through at one
time. His father launched his restaurant
there after growing a successful food
truck business in the area.
While the restaurant sits next to a
KFC, drive right past that place and
head straight for Mariscos Taco Company.
Eddie said they cook chicken on the
grill every day and from our experience
there, three of us give it an applaud
and highly recommend the chicken smoked
on the grill. Delicious!