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Mariscos El Moreno
If you’re driving down Atlantic Avenue and spot a long line spiraling out of a tiny strip mall, you’re probably passing Mariscos El Moreno. This counter-service Mexican restaurant in Lynwood specializes in family-style Sinaloan seafood dishes: shrimp ceviche, oyster shots, aguachile verde filled with plump chunks of octopus, and more. The menu is long, but if you’re looking for something spicy and refreshing, the "La Morena” served in a stone molcajete is an absolute must-order. It’s a massive portion of chipotle-heavy broth loaded with a mix of fresh mussels, chopped octopus, plump shrimp. Mariscos El Moreno has a small dining room, but most people order at the counter outside and take their food to-go. Heads up: it’s cash-only.