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Mariscos El Cristalazo serves seafood in a monster martini glass
Mariscos El Cristalazo serves seafood in a monster martini glass

Name: Mariscos El Cristalazo, named after the monster martini glass in which the restaurant’s signature dish is served. The chef: Ninive “Cristal” Vargas, a former server and self-trained chef, makes a seamless transition from underground mariscos cook to brick-and-mortar proprietor. Concept: Vargas brings family recipes from her hometown of Escuinapa in the Mexican state of Sinaloa to La Puente in the San Gabriel Valley. Plush leatherette booths line the restaurant’s perimeter, while communal high-tops run down the center. Splashy murals add personality to the space. What dish represents the restaurant, and why? El...

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