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Seafood Shop El Cristalazo Goes Full Time in La Puente

The former backyard seafood spot now has a storefront.

El Cristalazo
El Cristalazo
Matthew Kang

La Puente’s own El Cristalazo is officially open for business, following a soft-opening period at the end of last month. The exceedingly popular (on Instagram, at least) backyard seafood operation went legit with a storefront a few weeks ago, bringing their rare Escuinapa brand of mariscos to anyone who dares enjoy them.

As LA Mag reported recently, chef Ninive Vargas’ formerly underground operation offers a version of Mexican seafood rarely seen in the States, from pen shell clams to assorted ceviches and the namesake cristalazo, an outsized seafood jumble marinated and tucked into a giant martini glass.

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Hours for El Cristalazo run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in a corner location of a strip mall in La Puente.

El Cristalazo
1665 N. Hacienda Blvd.
La Puente, CA 97144