Plenty of patrons flock to Mission Taqueria for margaritas and tacos, but the ceviches served at the Center City restaurant can be just as satisfying. The red snapper, which co-owner and general manager Daniel McLaughlin said was added to the menu a few weeks ago, is sweet, spicy, vibrant, and colorful. It's also the perfect size for sharing over happy-hour drinks.
"It's been one of the more popular ones we've had so far," McLaughlin said.
The bite-size chunks of mild, juicy fish are served in a base sauce made from leche de tigre, a liquid that comes from butchering fish, and blended with coconut milk and serrano peppers that give it a punch of heat. Chayote adds a refreshing balance, and a handful of crispy plantain chips tops the dish. It makes for a delicious, tangy bite when spooned over salty tortilla chips.
Other ceviches on the menu at Mission are yellowfin tuna, scallop, and a mixed version with shrimp, calamari, and clams.
Red snapper ceviche, $13, Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom St.; missiontaqueria.com.