Lauren Cusimano

Mariscos Playa Hermosa

Meagan Simmons
The second-best part of Mariscos Playa Hermosa is the dining room and patio. The Sinaloan-style Mexican seafood restaurant was established in March 2002 by Jose and Maria Maldonado, both originally from the small colonial town of Guanajuato, Mexico. The scenery of their hometown shows in this beautiful, loudly decorated eatery. Chairs are bright pink and blue, with Technicolor sky and landscapes across the walls and chair backs; nearly every color in the rainbow is represented in the decor here. The food stands on its own, though. The multipage menu lists pescado, aperitivos Mexicanos, and especialidades — everything from a grilled shrimp Michelada to a seafood tower and all kinds of aguachiles. They also have fun at MPH. Recently, for only the second time since it opened, MPH added new menu items — one of which is called El Peligroso. It's a raw seafood bowl filled with eight or nine different chiles that has become something of a spicy eating challenge. If you're thinking an ice-cold adult beverage would pair nicely with items like these, MPH is way ahead of you. Go with the Serrano Margarita or a round of Modelo Especial. New Normal: MPH has a colorful patio for those not comfortable dining inside. Curbside pickup and no-contact delivery are also available.

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