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La Playa Offers Seafood, Salvadoran Specialties

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Fried tilapia, shrimp and oysters

OK, this restaurant is technically not on W.W. White Road, but the entrance is – and my love of the sister La Playa on West Popular Street drew me in.

I was hungry that day for some simple fried seafood, and the other La Playa restaurants have delivered the goods in the past. This visit was just as good.

Food: 3.5
Service: 4.5
Value: 4.0

Rating scale:
5: Extraordinary
4: Excellent
3: Good
2: Fair
1: Poor

We arrived during a lull in service. There may have been one other table occupied during our visit. Yet the women who were on duty worked the entire time we were there, which may explain why the place was virtually spotless that day. They were also attentive to any question we had or any extra dish we wanted to taste.

Before you make your mind up on what you’re going to have, take a moment to read the walls, which are covered with specials not on the menu.

I ordered a mix of fried tilapia, shrimp and oysters, which came with fries and bread. An awfully brown plate, to be sure, but full of clean flavors, especially from the sweet, firm shrimp. A side order of curtido, Salvadoran slaw, added the right tang to balance the seafood.

Best of all was the Salvadoran tamal with crema, the sweetness of corn and the cream sauce just melting together in perfect harmony. A michelada on the side, made with your choice of beers, added a nice, cooling touch to the meal.

Not too many on the staff are fluent in English, so, if that’s a problem for you, bring a translator. The seafood here is too good to miss, no matter the language.

Garlic Shrimp

Salvadoran tamal with crema

Curtido

La Playa Exterior

La Playa Seafood
4411 I-10 E. at W.W. White Road
210-337-4700
Lunch and dinner daily.

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