The Early Word: El Camion

Lauren Shockey
Inside El Camion.

The East Village has its fair share of Mexican cantinas, but you can't really ever have too many tacos and tequilas in life, can you? So over the weekend we headed to Avenue A to check out the month-old El Camion.

Lauren Shockey
Margarita Magic.

El Camion stocks an impressive roster of 23 different tequilas, so we started the day off (it was a Sunday, after all) with a margarita ($10). Made with Patr;oacute;n silver and fresh lime juice, it was well-balanced and very refreshing. We would have gone with additional cocktails (like the mojito-inspired rum drinks, plus some other fruity margarita-like tipples including the gingerita -- Hornitos Reposado, freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec, and ginger puree), but we were already a little buzzed. But next time!

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Lauren Shockey
Chips, salsa, and guac.

Our guacamole ($6), however, cried out for more lime and cilantro. As it was, it reminded us of pureed avocado. But the chips, which are made in-house, were salty and crispy, and the accompanying roasted tomato salsa was tasty, if on the mild side.

Lauren Shockey
Tostaditas, three ways.

We split an order of the seafood tostaditas, which included chipotle-accented crab, slightly char-grilled shrimp with tomatillo, and fish with pico de gallo. The $12 portion was quite large, easily enough for two people to share. The fish was a little overcooked, but the crab picked up the chipotle flavor well. It was good, although not amazing.

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