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Raw goodness: The Top 10 ceviches in Houston

Raw goodness: The Top 10 ceviches in Houston

OK, most of the ceviches around town don't much resemble the Peruvian original. But like deep dish pizza, Tex-Mex and Heidi Klum, some things are just as good when Americanized.

Whether you like yours traditional with onion and corn, Mexican-style with tomato and avocado, or in some fancy new iteration, these are the places around town keeping it fresh.

10. Ocean's
Yes, it's not even open yet (that will happen May 21), but any place with a sushi-like ceviche bar where guests can watch chefs prepare ceviches has definitely piqued our interest.

9. Pico's Mex-Mex
If more is more (and in Texas, isn't it always?) than Pico's tasty ceviche appetizer with Gulf shrimp and fresh seafood is the mostest, served up large enough to feed more than one.

8. Original Ninfa's on Navigation
A true Mexican ceviche, with Halibut and grilled shrimp in a citrus sauce with tomato, jalepeño and avocado. Delicioso!

7. Cyclone Anaya's
The flavorful, fresh seafood 'viche here is only eclipsed by the plantain chips it's served with.

6. Red Onion Seafood y Mas
The original ceviche menu in town, the dozen or so offerings vary from snapper in soy sauce with saki and pickled ginger to mango salmon with olive oil, grapefruit, cilantro and red onion.

5. Amazon Grill
Weirdly the cilanto-heavy ceviche at Cordúa's casual establishment eclipses the version at the more upscale Churrascos. But we love a deal, and this is definitely one.

4. Yelapa Playa Mexicana
The "Peruvian-style" description for the flash-marinated seafood might be a bit of an overstatement (they also offer all their ceviches "Texas-style" or fully cooked, but we find that cheating), but we find a lot to enjoy in these complexly flavored, citrus-y creations.

3. Escalante's
Granted, we're usually eating it after a plethora of margaritas, but the ceviche at Escalante's, with it's mix of scallops, fish, shrimp and mango, is surprisingly fresh and delicious.

2. Lemon Tree
The only place in town to get authentic Peruvian ceviche, Lemon Tree serves it up with nary a tomato or avocado in sight. Diehards go for the ceviche mixto, with corn and octopus, and the pescado version is so good it's more than worth the so-so service.

1. Hugo's
Fans of ceviche with pulpo — that's octopus, for the uninitiated — will be in heaven with the Hugo's version, not to mention Hugo's popular Vuelve a la Vida, with oysters, octopus, crab, shrimp and red snapper.

Believe us when we say we just can't get enough.

Escalante's ceviche Photo by Barbara Kuntz
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Ceviche at Ninfa's on Navigation
Whatever favorite ingredients your ceviche holds, you'll find one just right for you.