Outstanding Ranchero Burrito at Casa Machado in San Diego!
Terrible “crab” enchiladas at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! It was actually Krab unfortunately. I was shocked and appalled that a “Mariscos” restaurant would do something like this.
If I had to choose one favorite restaurant on the island, it would be Maggie’s Blue Rose! The menu here is fairly simple but very original. I’ve eaten at countless Mexican restaurants throughout SoCal and Maggie’s is an absolute standout. Their queso fundido with chorizo is excellent. Be warned, if you eat too much of it, it does sit pretty heavy in your system. I had to lay down the last time I ate it. Chips & salsa here are among the best on the island. Most recetly I tried the lobster enchiladas and they were exquisite. Highly recommended.
The outdoor seating is nicely done and well lit. They use an overflow patio area from the neighboring BrewHouse, plus beach I think. Service has always been great here when we visit. They’re not using their beautiful signature triangular plates right now it seems. My plate was a round, heavy plastic disposable thing. It didn’t really detract from anything other than the plate was not heated.
I’ve been to several El Torito’s throughout SoCal over the years and this one is definitely my favorite. The location right on Dana Point Harbor is the best. Inside is huge, rustic, old school tacky Mexican restaurant. Although a chain, their chips & salsa are really standout. We simply shared an order of appetizer flautas and they were delicious and flavorful. Presentation was stunning. The staff here has always been top-shelf, fun and professional. Parking here is easy and abundant.