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Plaza Grill

Another outstanding meal at Plaza Grill!  Steak fajita fries and an amazing Reuben sammich!  




Sombrero Mexican Food 

This is the “Special Burrito” at Sombrero’s, and what a marvel it is!  Your choice of beef or chicken with beans, rice and lettuce made into a huge burrito roughly the size of a small pillow.  The whole thing is then made totally amazing with a generous blanketing of their signature enchilada sauce and cheese.  I could eat this every day but would probably weigh 300 pounds…

Carnitas Tacos 

Outstanding homemade carnitas tacos!  Our slow cooker pork shoulder yields so many amazing meals. 

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Outstanding homemade BBQ chicken Nachos!!  We’ve been lucky to find great, authentic tortilla chips in our local market from El Nopalito in Encinitas, CA. 

El Taco Loco Shop

Here’s part 2 of El Taco Loco Shop delivered by OrangeCrate, featuring their carne asada quesadilla!

I dearly adore carne asada quesadillas so I thought I’d add one to my last Orange Crate order. This one has to be the most monstrous I’ve ever seen! It should be clear to anyone that El Taco Loco Shop does NOT skimp on the carne. Nice touch that they included a small side of chips in the box!

Now, while it may be true that you can never have too much carne asada (or bacon for that matter), certain dishes react poorly to too much of one thing or another. This was the case with my quesadilla. A good CAQ needs to have the perfect ratio of meat and cheese. This one had meat spilling out just picking it up. Further, there was very little discernible cheese. The right amount of both will allow the melted cheese to act as a cohesive agent to contain the meat. In fact, the best CAQs I’ve had in my day usually result in a small stream of grease running down my hands and wrists. That’s when you know there’s ample cheese!

Despite being a challenge to eat, it did taste really good! They included guac, crema, pico, etc. inside which is not common in traditional taco shop CAQs.

Again, the delivery by MyOrangeCrate was spot on and this CAQ held up perfectly under transport.

El Taco Loco Shop 

El Taco Loco Shop delivered by OrangeCrate. I’ll probably break this into a two part review since there’s a lot I’d like to deep dive about the food.

If you’ve ever eaten from El Taco Loco Shop (inside Ramona Market), you know it can be a somewhat awkward and cumbersome experience. From who do you talk to, to where do you order, how and when do you pay, etc. If all this stresses you out, then I’d recommend letting OrangeCrate do all the hard work for you.

Online ordering was painless and simple as always. Food arrived in less than the 60 minutes anticipated! One of the items we ordered were the flautas. Turns out they no longer sell them! Within minutes after ordering I had the MyOC dispatcher calling and texting me about picking an alternate choice. Their communications with me throughout were terrific.

Here’s an order of outstanding carne asada chips. It’s a huge amount that can easily be shared by two. This place definitely dishes up abundant portions of carne asada but I have to say the quality is not the best I’ve had in town. Not sure if they’re using an inferior quality flap meat, but there are significantly more oral extractions per capita here than any other taqueria in town. 

As I’ve observed before, the best take-out food is probably Asian, followed closely by pizza. Next is probably Mexican. It held up very well on the 15 or so minute drive out to SDCE. Maybe the OC hotbox helped. Burgers and fries type dishes tend to struggle and are probably best eaten straight from the kitchen.

Miguel’s Cocina 

Outstanding pollo asado burrito at Miguel’s!!  Paired perfectly with the best chips, salsa & queso in SoCal…


La Cocina

Respectable order of rolled tacos at La Cocina!  Not the best I’ve had, but very good for Ramona.  Can’t beat the outstanding chips and salsa served with every dine in order.  


Carnitas Tacos 

Outstanding homemade carnitas tacos with cotija cheese!

Carnitas Nachos 

Outstanding homemade carnitas Nachos!  

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