Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Food Truck Diaries, Volume Three: Baja Mar

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Perla Morales says seafood is the breakfast of real champions.
  • Perla Morales says seafood is the breakfast of real champions.

Drive down South Sixth Avenue some morning ... and just keep going. If you’ve got an appetite, you’ll be tempted to stop at one of the numerous Mexican or fast-food joints that line the avenue from end to end, but just keep driving, and driving, and driving …

Eventually, South Sixth turns into Old Nogales Highway, and shortly thereafter, it intersects with Drexel Road. Now pull a hard right and park in the dirt lot. There, you’ll find Perla Morales readying Baja Mar Mariscos y Cahuamanta for another day.

Morales’ smile warms the cold morning as she explains that the food truck’s seafood offerings are incredibly popular at all times of the day. “Do people really eat seafood for breakfast?” I ask.

“Oh yes, it’s very popular” she replies, obviously amused with what was probably a very stupid question, being that she's been working for hours and it's only 8 a.m.

Octopus, stingray, shrimp and other things that swim make up the expansive menu, and for an extra 50 cents, you can have your order marinated in white wine, soy sauce and lemon. The adventurous may veer toward the “hot water,” a chiltepin-doused bowl of raw shrimp covered in Clamato and soy sauce. For the less-adventurous, stick with the crab legs or ceviche.

Owners Braulio and Frances Lopez open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and stay open until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Hours on Sunday are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 406-6454 for more information.

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The view from Drexel Road.
  • The view from Drexel Road.

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