5 Must-Try Ceviches in Houston

By Marcy de Luna | May 6, 2015

While we love a traditional ceviche, it looks like Houston chefs are stepping out of the box with some creative mixes. The Central and South American specialty, which calls for raw pieces of fish marinated in citrus, is gaining popularity on the dining scene, especially with new entries from places like the Galleria-area’s Peska Seafood Culture

Concha negra at Andes Cafe

This standout dish doesn’t use your run-of-the-mill marinade. The East End eatery prepares fresh black clams with lime juice, plus ketchup and mustard to bring a touch of sweetness and extra zing. It’s finished with pickled red onions, cilantro and olive oil and served with sliced green plantains and toasted corn.

2311 Canal St.832-659-0063

House ceviche at Down House

The popular Heights-area restaurant offers offer a unique ceviche ($9) made with Gulf fish, sweet potatoes, radish and fennel. In an Asian twist, it’s served with sesame-rice crackers.

1801 Yale St.713-864-3696

Copacabana at Churrascos

The local mini-chain run by the Cordúa family turns out a festive seafood appetizer ($15.95) of Peruvian blue tilapia, Gulf shrimp, crispy calamari, jalapeños, red onion and cilantro that’s offered up in a hollowed-out pineapple shell (pictured at top).

Multiple locations

Shellfish-style ceviche at Hubbell and Hudson Bistro

No fish allowed! It’s poached shellfish (crab, lobster and shrimp; $19) that gets mixed with a four-citrus vinaigrette and Italian olive oil to form this stellar spin.

24 Waterway Ave.; 281-203-5600

Vuelve a la vida at Peska Seafood Culture

The high-tech, aquatic-themed space — which houses both a seafood market and a restaurant — does ceviche right with a luxe variation ($22) that includes octopus, shrimp, scallop and oysters, plus housemade cocktail sauce, avocado and crispy leeks.

1700 Post Oak Blvd.

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