Los Pinos Market
Mariscos Los Lechugas
It's easy to pick out Mariscos Los Lechugas on a sunny day in El Sereno, and not just because the truck is painted with a very strange but happy mural of the owners with their lower halves depicted as sea creatures. Los Lechugas will be the truck with the crowd, people leaning against the wall in anticipation of what may be the finest warm-afternoon lunch around, a giant ceviche tostada.
There are good seafood cocktails and tacos, of course, but it is the tostadas that are truly special, tuna ground Ensenada-style with a generous helping of avocado, or the mixta especial, a massive pile of tuna and shrimp and jaiva (imitation crab) and octopus and more, bright and refreshing and pretty shockingly filling, the solid octopus playing well off of the thin sheets of jaiva. Dress it with a few of the truck's large collection of hot sauces and carry your plate somewhere convenient – maybe to the benches stationed outside the nearby El Sereno public library – and dig in. A $5 lunch never felt so good. Parked most days during daylight hours near 5244 S Huntington Drive, El Sereno, (323) 537-3234.