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Taco Taco

Hailed as “Poway’s best taco bar”, Taco Taco does not disappoint! Tucked in the corner of a busy parking lot shared by not only Wal Mart, but the DMV too. I enjoyed a very good carnitas quesadilla. Small but interesting menu here. Includes a Mexican style fried rice which I might try next time.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Excellent #6 combination plate at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! Asada taco and cheese enchilada.

Tio Leo’s Mexican Restaurant

Big, beautiful Chile Relleno stuffed with shredded beef! At Tio Leo’s in Poway. It was definitely a meal in itself!

Casa de Pico

Excellent flautas at Casa de Pico in Grossmont Center! Definitely some of the biggest, longest and best tasting I’ve had.

El Michoacán

A Ramona institution since 1983, El Michoacan is a must visit if you’ve never been! And since the temperature yesterday was below 80 degrees I was happy to dine in. The building is cavernous and no frills (no air conditioning). The space is dotted with tacky inflatable decorations and random oscillating fans. I was pleased to see that the old, yellow hard plastic elementary school chairs have been replaced by modestly padded church/banquet hall style chairs. I just love the colorful and vibrant tablecloths here. My table had a cheerful rooster print which was fun to look at. This place is the embodiment of charm and tradition. 

There is a dizzying array of combinations on the menu (52), plus a nice selection of a la carte Mexican favorites. Eating a meal here is like being at casa de la abuela with homecooking by amá. You don’t feel like you’re just at some restaurant. I ordered the #44 which is two rolled tacos with guacamole, chicken enchilada and chile relleno, $13. Although the relleno was quite petite, it was flavorful and delicious. The chile walls were firm and the cheese filling kept its form without spooging out all over. Topped with an excellent ranchero sauce. The rolled tacos were filled with tender shredded beef and beautifully plated with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Chips here are somewhat stale and underwhelming more often than not, but the salsa is remarkably good. I hope you enjoy.

Miguel’s Cocina

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

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Tasty Chile Relleno and Enchilada combination plate at HCB in El Cajon! Unfortunately the chile was not skinned very well, making it hard to eat.

Mi Guadalajara

I celebrated National Tequila Day (July 24) at Mi Guad in Esco! Outstanding “Burrito Loco”; made with shredded beef, along with guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, rice, and beans (omitted) inside a large, supple flour tortilla. The whole thing is then blanketed with their excellent house made enchilada sauce, melted cheese and sour cream.

Casa Machado Mexican Restaurant

Birria seems to be all the rage right now in SoCal and the Birria tacos at Casa Machado are no slouch! Simply excellent when paired with a nice cheese enchilada combination plate.


Rubio’s calls this a “Classic Grilled Shrimp Burrito”. I call it a “Rice” burrito with a little bit of shrimp! Despite the disappointing proportions, it was still tasty.

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