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The Oaks Grille

Recently I strayed from my brunch usual at The Oaks Grille and tried their machaca! I was really impressed at how well this turned out. Authentic and delicious tasting for not being a Mexican restaurant. Really shows the versatility and talent of their chefs.


Taco Bell

Tasty chicken rolled tacos at the Bell! Don’t think they’re on the menu anymore…

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding tamale and enchilada combination plate at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! Some of the finest chips and salsa here too.

Anejo Bar & Grill

Outstanding carne asada quesadilla at Anejo Bar & Grill in Escondido!

El Gringo Mexican Restaurant

Outstanding house chicken burrito at El Gringo in El Segundo! All the burritos here are served “wet” style with your choice of their delicious red or green sauce, covered with melted cheese. Inside includes rice, beans, lettuce, mater, onion and cilantro. The whole thing is then adorned with nice daubs of guacamole and sour cream.

Hacienda Casa Blanca

Outstanding Barbacoa at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon! Chunks of tender beef slow-cooked in their rich, spicy red chile sauce.

On the Border

My last tasty order of enchiladas from OTB! Unfortunately they forgot to crown them with those fresh jalapeño slices.


I went out on a limb recently for Taco Tuesday! A restaurant not necessarily known for Mexican fare really impressed me… D’Carlos is definitely firing on all cylinders when it comes to Taco Tuesday. There’s a nice selection of a la carte tacos, very reasonably priced, including carne asada; chicken; fish; shrimp; and carnitas. Add a side of black beans or Spanish rice for only $1.25 more.

I ordered one carne asada and one carnitas. Both were outstanding! Each made with unique toppings appropriate to their protein style. Tortillas were soft flour, and fresh. Meat was well proportioned and authentic tasting. My favorite of the two was the carnitas by a hair. Included sides of lime wedges and an excellent, flavorful salsa. Spanish rice was sort of odd given that it was made with a thin, long grain rice that I’m not used to. The taste and cooking style though was definitely legit and on point.

Sombrero Mexican Food

Outstanding shrimp burrito at Sombrero’s in Lakeside, CA! One of my all time favorite chain of taco shops in SoCal. “San Diego-Style Mexican Food” at its finest for a generation.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding BBQ bacon cheeseburger with excellent, crispy onion rings at Nuevo Grill!

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