Octopus Tostada from Mariscos La Costa

Categories: SFoodie's 92

All the tostadas are pretty much a delight, though we're particularly fond of the pulpo.
As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

Number 46: Octopus Tostada from Mariscos La Costa

Owner Octavio Avila has roots in the old bracero communities of Brentwood and Oakley, but the Oakland branch of Avila's Jalisco-flavored seafood coctel place (a sort of overgrown street stand, with a takeaway window and picnic tables clustering outdoors under a deep overhang) is pure Fruitvale. Weekends, the table are jammed with families post-mass, groups of vatos dressed for Sunday in cowboy boots and creased slacks, and saggy-jean young guys in soccer jerseys. While nearly all the ceviche-topped tostadas here are a delight (stay away from the imitation jaiva, crabmeat), our favorite is pulpo, octopus: satisfyingly chewy hunks of purplish boiled tentacles, marinated in lime juice, scattered on its crispy fried tortilla with a welter of onion, tomato, and cucumber. On sunny days, there's arguably no purer taste of the beach anywhere in the Bay.

Mariscos La Costa 3625 International (at 36th Ave.), Oakland, (510) 533-9566; from Fruitvale BART, walk one block to International, then one block south to 36th Ave.

Hungry for more? Check out these previous links to our countdown:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson
No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush
No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet
No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante
No. 86: Tamales from All-Star
No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito
No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc
No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe
No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz
No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service
No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan
No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa
No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche
No. 77: Lasagna from Zuppa
No. 76: Chicharrones from 4505 Meats
No. 75: Langka Ice Cream from Mitchell's
No. 74: Bacon Potato Chips from Who's Your Daddy
No. 73: Lamb Dumplings from Kingdom of Dumpling
No. 72: Chile-Braised Carnitas Sandwich from Bento 415
No. 71: Chili from Mission Burger
No. 70: Croissants from La Farine
No. 69: Xiu Mai Banh Mi from Saigon Sandwich
No. 68: Creme Brulee from Sweet.
No. 67: Limon Cebiche from Limon
No. 66: Chicken and Waffles from Brown Sugar Kitchen
No. 65: Brioche Bread Pudding from Tartine Bakery
No. 64: Turkish Salad from Old Jerusalem
No. 63: Ribs from Bruno's
No. 62: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Stewed Octopus) from La Ciccia
No. 61: Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky from Marin Sun Farms
No. 60: Pozole from Chilango
No. 59: Lobster Roll from Sam's ChowderMobile
No. 58: Dry-Fried Chicken Wings from San Tung
No. 57: John Campbell's Scones from Lovejoy's Tea Room

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