As you can tell by its name, this beloved spot specializes in seafood—importing shrimp, whole fish, and more from the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Nayarit. Vicente “Chente” Cossio kicked off the concept in the backyard of his Inglewood home in 1987, and daughter Connie has continued the tradition of using family recipes to prepare Nayarit-style ceviche, fish, and shrimp in dozens of ways. The menu’s pièce de résistance, however, is a butterflied Whole Snook—grilled until its edges become crisp, and the moist, meaty parts flake away when you pick at it with your fork. It’s served with sweet caramelized onions and warm tortillas to counterbalance the salty, absolutely mouthwatering bits of fish. Round out the meal with an order of the briny Marlin Tostaditos or a refreshing platter of Shrimp Aguachile, with plenty of heat in its green sauce.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
The Cossio family are giants in LA’s mariscos game, starting with Vicente Cossio and continuing on to his daughter Connie Cossio, who runs her namesake Coni’Seafood in Inglewood. They rose to popularity on the strength of their pescado zarandeado, snook butterflied and grilled and served whole, but their other Nayarit-style specialties are just as magnetic. The many varieties of cooked shrimp in sauce are a delight here—smoky Camarones a la Barbacoa, spicy a la Diabla, and sharp and boozy Borrachos, among many others—and their aguachile is the one by which all others should be measured.
How to book: Walk in or call 310-672-2339 for takeout.