The Restaurant With No Name




I’ve been curious for a long time about the restaurant next door to the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. In a previous post, I featured a wonderful octopus cocktail I had there, but never figured out the name of the place.

The sign outside says “Home of the Original Shrimp Place since 1929,” but it actually seems to be a food court with 2 food stands and a bar in back… I guess I’m satisfied with that as a reason to have no name.

Meanwhile, I had a delicious shrimp tostada, and couldn’t resist a repeat of the octopus cocktail. Name or no name, it’s on my list of fun, tasty places.

Shrimp Tostada – La Playita. Venice, Los Angeles


It’s just a little stand on Lincoln Boulevard just north of the Whole Foods store, but I have become a regular customer for their fresh, simple seafood dishes. The shrimp tostada couldn’t have bee fresher or simpler – steamed shrimp, cilantro and avocado slices on a toasted tortilla. A spritz of lime juice and a dash of Tapatío, and I was smiling all afternoon.