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Tio Leo’s Mexican Restaurant

(Visited November 15, 2019) Outstanding shredded beef chimichanga at Tio Leo’s in Poway! Perfectly hot and crispy. Garnished beautifully with lettuce, mater, tomatillo sauce, cheese, guacamole & sour cream. Served with Spanish rice (and beans). Lady FoodObs and I also shared this carne asada quesadilla as an appetizer. You can order it as the traditional soft folded variety, or this “crisp” version. Kind of greasy but very tasty.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding chimichanga combination plate at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon!

Lienzo Charro

Tasty chimichanga at Lienzo Charro in Poway! Could have been fried a little longer though. Not really crispy enough.

Mi Casa Reveles 

It is my pleasure to review the outstanding chimichanga I had recently at Casa Reveles! Made with your choice of beef or chicken, plus cheese inside. The whole affair is topped with sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce and tomato. (I could have done without the olives). Only $7.95.

This was definitely a big league chimi! Roughly the size of a chubby sock puppet. It was so long in fact that I felt like laying down after only eating half of it. The chim held a generous amount of seasoned, tender & moist shredded beef. I appreciated that it came with a sharp steak knife. Made it much easier to eat. All of the toppings were well proportioned and fresh tasting. It was among the top two of Ramona chimis I’ve had, that I can tell you! 

The red & green squeeze bottles contained exceptionally good house-made hot sauces. Unique, smoky and very flavorful without being too hot. Not like any I’ve had elsewhere. Worth checking out!



La Cocina 

Big, beautiful chimichanga for breakfast this morning at La Cocina. This thing was as big as my head! For $8.50 it’s filled with a ton of shredded beef and cheese. After being fried it’s topped with guac, sour cream, lettuce, pico, cheese, etc. I think the kitchen sink is somewhere in there too.This was a really good and huge meal, but I’m not gonna sugar coat it. The shredded beef is pretty bland. A lot of Mexican restaurants doctor up their shredded beef with onions, peppers, sometimes maters, etc. Here it’s just plain beef. When there’s so much of it, it tends to get tiresome.

Outstanding service as always.

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.

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