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Sombrero Mexican Food 

This is the “Special Burrito” at Sombrero’s, and what a marvel it is!  Your choice of beef or chicken with beans, rice and lettuce made into a huge burrito roughly the size of a small pillow.  The whole thing is then made totally amazing with a generous blanketing of their signature enchilada sauce and cheese.  I could eat this every day but would probably weigh 300 pounds…

Miguel’s Cocina 

Outstanding pollo asado burrito at Miguel’s!!  Paired perfectly with the best chips, salsa & queso in SoCal…

Sombrero Mexican Food

Outstanding adobada burrito at Sombrero Mexican Food!  Adobada is generally pork marinated in a “red” chilli sauce with vinegar and oregano, but it can refer to different types of meat and to marinades closer to Al pastor.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Mariscos Mar de Cortez for early dinner recently. “Supreme Burrito” is a monster for only $6.99! Made with your choice of chicken or beef, filled with rice, beans, cheese, guac, sour cream, lettuce, kitchen sink, etc. This football sized burrito is then liberally blanketed with a flavorful chile relleno type sauce. The shredded beef was tender (albeit bland); everything else was well proportioned and tasty. Tortilla warm, soft and supple. Such an amazing value to get this huge burrito plate at an affordable price. I literally felt like laying down after eating this.

Los Amigos 

Outstanding barbacoa burrito at Los Amigos!

Manana’s Mexican Food

Even though they’re getting smaller and more expensive, this place still makes the best breakfast burritos in town!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina 

We had a pretty good dinner recently at Nuevo Grill & Cantina. I ordered the “Chimichanga Crispa”. Not sure what “crispa” means but it wasn’t very crispy.  The chimi starts with your choice of marinated sirloin or chicken breast, jack and cheddar cheeses, and refried beans. The whole affair is rolled into a flour tortilla, and “gently” fried to a golden brown. It’s then topped with ranchero sauce, diced maters, and scallions with sour cream on the side. I got the sirloin version for $13.49. I particularly like their grilled steak which is always lean and flavorful. 🙂

I requested “no beans” in my chimi and it came out made with beans. 😦 They quickly remade it. 

So, the menu says it’s gently fried and I can attest to that! I’m used to chimichangas that are quite a bit crispier and fried longer – this one wasn’t like that. It was still good, I liked it. Just not the classic taco shop chimichanga I’m accustomed to. I might try some of their burritos next time. 

Over the many years I’ve eaten here, there’s been a couple times where the chips change. I don’t know if it’s their supplier or what. Usually it’s consistent with their numerous “Best of Ramona – Chips & Salsa” awards. The chips this visit were terrible. Not their usual award winning chips, known for being hot and somewhat greasy. These were just flat and flavorless for some reason. I did notice that the salsa has a kick to it now! Used to be fairly bland, but last night’s salsa was perfect. Maybe they have a new salsa recipe. (Please go back to the old chip recipe) 

And of course I always love their big 25 ounce frosty draft beer mugs.

On the Border

I’ve watched Lady FoodObs eat this a number of times and always wanted to try it.  A tremendous beef brisket wet burrito.  And this is wet two ways!   A creamy Queso sauce and a spicy red enchilada sauce.  So good and satisfying.  Their braised brisket at OTB is just outstanding.   I just love the fresh slice of thin jalapeño that crown most of their dishes.   I’m not gonna sugar coat it, I had to lay down after this meal…


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Poor Chipotle is having a rough time right now, but I’m happy to say I’ve never been sickened by eating there.  I’m not a fan of their monstrous burritos so I tend towards the burrito bowl.  I really like their barbacoa!   I’ll just get that with salsa and cheese over rice.  Top with some green Tabasco to make a perfect lunch.  I read somewhere a tip that you can request the tortilla on the side for no extra cost if you’re so inclined.   This is always enough food for me!  Hoping Chipotle can recover from their issues because they have some pretty good food with a unique restaurant concept.  


Pete’s Taco Shop (and more)

Great breakfast burrito made with bacon, egg, cheese, taters, etc…  Too unwieldy to cut in half and get a cross-section shot.  Still a handsome meal nonetheless.  Such a well-rounded and neat place to eat, despite the fact that it’s inside a liquor store.  Only in Ramona!


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