Five Dallas Ceviches We Love

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Now that summer is bearing down on us, our tastes are starting to get a little bit lighter. Scarfing down all those heavy burgers and barbecue isn't enticing, or practical, during the summer's hottest months, unless you want the meat sweats come pool time.

But eating lighter doesn't have to mean ordering an uninspired salad or overcooked salmon. Ceviche, a traditional Latin American dish made of fish "cooked" in citrus juices and served with herbs and other aromatics, is a decidedly light option that you don't even have to be on a diet to enjoy. Civiche's not hard to find in Dallas, and your favorite may not be on this list. But here are five we love, if you need a good place to start.

1. Nazca Kitchen (above)
There aren't a lot of Peruvian restaurants in Dallas, but Nazca Kitchen is really all you need. The ceviche plate here is made with tilapia, which may seem like a lower-grade fish compared to all that ahi and salmon you're used to, but this mild fish provides a great canvas for the piquant dressing made with aji, mango and lime. You can substitute salmon for the tilapia for a few bucks more, but the original is perfectly fine.

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Amy McCarthy
It isn't exactly ceviche, but it's close enough, right?
2. Gemma
Gemma may be better known for its fresh pasta and those ridiculous fried castelvetrano olives, but their interpretation of Latin American ceviches is just as well executed. A tartare of arctic char made with sesame, lime and kiwi better suits the traditional requirement that ceviches be cured in citrus juice, but a crudo of perfectly trimmed kampachi simply served with Himalayan pink salt and blood oranges is close enough for me.

3. La Calle Doce
Sometimes it's best to just keep it simple and stick to your roots. La Calle Doce, a Mexican seafood restaurant and East Dallas favorite, is the perfect place to find a ceviche that pays tribute to traditional ceviches made in Acapulco. There aren't any fussy preparations or ingredients you don't recognize, only fresh fish and shrimp tossed in a perfect blend of traditional Mexican flavors, including garlic, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.

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File photo
Avocado margarita + ceviche = BFF
4. Meso Maya
Chef Nico Sanchez's exacting cuisine has helped him and his contemporaries redefine what Mexican food means in Dallas. Of course, this means Sanchez also figured out a way to elevate Mexico's version of ceviche without sacrificing its authenticity. The ceviche mixto on the dinner menu at Meso Maya combines classic-yet-inventive Mexican ingredients like jicama and serrano peppers with impressively fresh striped bass and Mazatlan white shrimp fished in the state of Sinaloa.

5. Spoon Bar & Kitchen
The ceviche served at John Tesar's Spoon Bar & Kitchen is most definitely gringo ceviche, but it's worth checking out. Spoon has a full menu of tempting ceviche and crudo plates, including yellowtail cured with Texas grapefruits and cuttlefish served with jalapeno oil and yuzu. There's no way you're going to be able to choose only one or two of these options to try, so it's probably best to just go ahead and spring for the trio and make that decision a little easier.


Location Info

Nazca Kitchen

8041 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meso Maya

11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spoon Bar & Kitchen

8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meso Maya

11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Calle Doce

1925 Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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20 comments
dkmontz
dkmontz

LaZaranda in Addison and Fish Shack in Plano!!


raulnyari22
raulnyari22

I really think we should be on this list guys we are known for some of the best ceviche out there! Check us out Mesa restaurant Amy McCarthy please come taste my ceviche!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Or you can just make a nice Shrimp Ceviche, and be proud of yourself. 

tb00
tb00

Mesa. Mesa. Mesa. (The fact that you left it off this list makes the entire list suspect.)

elenaran
elenaran

two others w/ great ceviche:

Mesa


Urban Taco (Original location)

laurenbernal3
laurenbernal3

The upgrade to salmon ceviche at Nazca is worth the extra two bucks. SO good. 

sherman
sherman

Palapas on Greenville is worth a mention.

Large, tasty and several to choose from.

It always tastes better outside under the thatched roof with your shoes off.

Mary
Mary

Nazca is hardly Peruvian. The popcorn is a total miss, the corn isn't choclo. I may have enjoyed it more if it wasn't touted as Peruvian.

joeat
joeat

Believe it or not, Uncle Julio has wonderful ceviche.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I will second the Meso Maya nomination. Excellent ceviche.

I must also mention, again, the awesomeness of the Seafood Shack and its ceviche tostadas. They are always excellent and are on sale every Monday.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Kergo!

I grew up on S Padre caught this morning trout and redfish. While that has become a lost world, they remain my ceviche favorites.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Tw: I still prefer the Webb Chapel location.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Mary Nazca is not a Peruvian restaurant, actually.  It's more of a blend of different South American cuisines.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@primi_timpano I always order their shrimp tostadas with extra avocado. Love them on Monday's at 1/2 off!

Their jumbo shrimp cocktail is off the chart and very reasonably priced. Every bit as good as Palapa and less expensive as well.

A big plus is $1.00 discount for seniors.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@primi_timpano


Oh my lord, I love Trout Ceviche!  Actually, any kind of trout; cooked on a plank, broiled, grilled, smoked, pan seered, but especially Trout Ceviche. 


Cod Ceviche isn't half bad, neither is Lobster Ceviche. 

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@primi_timpano I do too. I love sitting at the small bar. The serving girls at the bar are very friendly and always remember you.

Mary
Mary

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Mary I went when they first opened specifically because their menu said, "Peruvian Ceviche" and was wholly disappointed. Perhaps it's changed since very little was actually Peruvian aside from the name.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Mary Yeah, Nazca is good, but it's not what is going to scratch the itch for someone wanting actual Peruvian.  Best the wife (Peruvian family) has found is El Tesoro in Irving.  Good causa and papas huancaina, good chicha morada by the pitcher, and a good lomo saltado.


Tineo Pasteleria is good too, on Arapaho.  It's where I go to scratch the lomo saltado itch.  What Dallas really needs is a good pollo a brassa place.  

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