Dining on a budget: Johnny’s Shrimp Boat in WC

By Eric Terrazas

For variety’s sake, I attempt to mix some fish into my diet at least once a week.

Though I’m more of a meat eater, I could always go for a good seafood meal. And if that meal consists of shrimp, my mouth especially waters.

Since I have always been a big fan of shrimp, I decided to give Johnny’s Shrimp Boat in West Covina a try recently.

I am no stranger to Johnny’s Shrimp Boat, which also has locations in Whittier and East Los Angeles. I have visited the Whittier location a few times over the years.

When I made my first visit to Johnny’s Shrimp Boat in West Covina, I decided to order one of their four $5.95 specials. I selected the four-shrimp meal, which includes rice, pinto beans, gravy and a soft drink.

I thought the shrimp tasted good – it was one of the better shrimp meals I have tasted.

The rice, which was doused with gravy, and the pinto beans both added to an already scrumptious meal.


Three other $5.95 specials are also offered, and those include the following combinations: two shrimp and two short ribs, two shrimp and one piece of fish, and two fish tacos. All meals come with a soft drink and rice, beans and gravy, or French fries.

For those with slightly bigger budgets, there are $6.95 specials available as well. Those include the six shrimp meal, and the two shrimp, one hamburger steak combination. Those selections also include the soft drink, rice, beans and gravy.

If you’re not in the mood for shrimp, however, Johnny’s Shrimp Boat offers other options.

Johnny’s menu features hamburger choices such as the double burger, bacon, avocado, pastrami and chili. Sandwich choices include chicken, club, fish, Philly cheese steak, grilled cheese, pastrami and tuna. Fish tacos, and beef and chicken teriyaki are also featured on the menu.

If you’re craving a salad, your choices include green, chicken, tuna and chef.

Johnny’s Shrimp Boat is located at 803 S. Glendora Ave. in West Covina. For information, call (626) 813-3818.

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