Mmm-yoso spotted a new addition to the Convoy Street plaza that’s home to Shanghai Saloon and Kura Revolving Sushi. Replacing Korean hot dog shop Chung Chun Rice Dog is El Viejon Seafood, a new restaurant specializing in mariscos, or Mexican seafood.
Co-owner Luis Gonzalez, who also operates the Lupe’s Mexican Eatery locations in San Diego and Orange County as well as Holy Paleta in Bonita and Little Italy, tells Eater that the restaurant should be opening by mid-July with a menu based on traditional seafood specialties from Sinaloa and Baja, including raw plates featuring scallops or chocolate clams, fiery aguachiles, and Ensenada-style fish and lobster tacos. To differentiate El Viejon from other mariscos spots, Gonzalez says that each dish will have an element of Asian flavor or ingredient, from daikon radish to sesame seeds to spicy oil made with peanuts and arbol chiles. Cooked to order at an interactive, fast-casual counter, the menu will also include build-your-own ceviche with a variety of sauces.
Gonzalez, who is looking for a spot in the Convoy area to expand Holy Paleta, plans to open the restaurant for breakfast, offering hangover cure-alls like micheladas, pozole, seafood soup, and birria, which will be available until 2 p.m. daily.
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