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Casa de Pico

Underwhelming chile relleno and excellent beef enchilada at Casa de Pico in La Mesa!

Casa Machado Mexican Restaurant

Outstanding carne asada quesadilla at Casa Machado!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Tasty tamale and enchilada combination plate at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! Unfortunately their cheese enchiladas aren’t coming out hot enough. Almost room temperature.

Casa Machado Mexican Restaurant

Casa Machado is a fun, family style Mexican restaurant with great views of the Montgomery Field flight activity. This place has been a San Diego institution since 1970. The food is not highly refined but it represents perfectly the delicious SoCal Mexican food that San Diegan’s have loved for generations. I am definitely having my next birthday dinner here! This place goes all out with the most loud, obnoxious and just plain fun singing ever. Such a lost art at restaurants these days.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding chile relleno and beef enchilada combination plate at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Big, beautiful chimichanga at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona!

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding “Enchiladas Rancheras” at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch! House-made spicy ground beef with onions & cheese, blanketed with a rich and flavorful tomato ranchero sauce, avocado & crema.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding “Tampiquena” at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! I’ve been eating here since they opened and this is probably one of the finest dishes I’ve had here. I appreciate that everything comes out on a screaming hot plate – too hot to touch. One of my key metrics when judging a good Mexican restaurant. Created in 1939, Tampiquena is a popular meat dish in Mexico. Typically consisting of strips of roasted meat, enchiladas, etc. At Mar de Cortez they’re using a delicious grilled carne asada flap meat. Includes one cheese enchilada and all the fixin’s appropriate for a Mexican combination plate – plus hot, supple tortillas. Only $17.99.
I’ve had to endure eating in parking lots for a while now. What they’ve done here is really impressive. One of the best examples I’ve experienced so far with ample shade. Not nearly as miserable as I was expecting when I see it driving by. Even on a 100 degree day! Numerous oscillating fans ring the perimeter; attractive foliage; good music and whatnot. They even had the banquettes out there. Although the one I sat at could have been more level.
Like most Mexican restaurants, there’s now a nominal fee for chips & salsa. Only $2.50 here but the serving size is noticably larger than what I recall pre-‘rona. Lastly, I have to give high praise to their “salad” that acompanies some of the seafood meals. See photo below. A simple cabbage and mater blend tossed is a tasty dressing. It was super good! I could not shovel it in fast enough. Perfect on a hot day.

Mi Guadalajara

Excellent chile relleno and taquitos lunch special at Mi Guad in Escondido!

Miguel’s Cocina

Excellent Mexican-style shrimp cocktail at Miguel’s in Coronado!

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