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Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant

I finally got in to check out Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant in Del Sur near my office. This is a relatively new Mexican restaurant in the area; an addition to their OG location in Kensington, in business since 1969. The Del Sur location is spacious and clean with a modern, casual vibe, although steeped in rich history and tradition. The staff were all so nice and genuine. I was immediately impressed by their generous and affordable Happy Hour! 12-5pm daily (Tue-Sun). You can get 3 street tacos and a margarita for only $11. I cannot think of any place else where HH starts at noon! 

Anyway, I ordered the Enchiladas Suizas and it was excellent. Two shredded chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo cream sauce and manchego cheese; comes with rice & beans. The enchiladas were filled with a ton of tender, flavorful chicken. Loved the subtle, bright flavor of the verde sauce. The style of cooking and the recipes here are definitely comforting and authentic. I particularly enjoy their chips & salsa service. I’m really glad they were able to make it through the pandemic situation over the last couple years. It’s obvious this small business is committed to community and serving its customers. Highly recommended.

Elmisa Cafe

Outstanding “Allen’s Tuna” at Elmisa Cafe in Rancho Bernardo! Albacore tuna salad, avocado, Swiss, organic arugula, spinach, tomato, pickled onions on jalapeño cheddar bread. There’s a lot going on with this sandwich. Such a great combination of contrasting textures and flavors.

Round Table Pizza

RTP has always been my favorite chain store pizza. Even since childhood back in the day. Always consistently excellent pies. Many of their dine in restaurants now feature great lunch specials with salad bars and whatnot.

Casa Machado Mexican Restaurant

Outstanding #10 enchilada and tamal combination plate at Casa Machado!

Blue Bayou

The quintessential Disneyland dining experience is most definitely the Blue Bayou! This restaurant is steeped in rich history and tradition. If you’re frustrated trying to make reservations in advance, don’t be. They handle walk-ups well, especially between lunch and dinner. My party of 3 was sat immediately around 2:45 in the afternoon. The park itself was completely packed with wall to wall people, but that’s a topic for another write-up.

I ordered one of my favorite dishes, Jambalaya. The version here is an artfully presented deconstructed affair. The shrimps, andouille sausage and chicken all encircle a mound of rice in a rich, zesty creole sauce. I was also pleased to see them offering adult beverages. This is quite rare at the ‘Land. I enjoyed a nice IPA and glass of wine. It helps take the edge off when you see the final bill.

Senor Burro

I’m really enjoying the new Senor Burro taco shop in Rancho Bernardo! I believe this is a new addition to their OG location in La Mesa. No frills taco shop with a small, but smart and clean dining area. Simple menu of taco and burrito type favorites that are made very well. On my first visit I had the surf & turf bowl which was outstanding. I did not feel all distended after eating it. Nice, satisfying portion though. Second visit I had an assortment of TJ style street tacos. One carne asada, one adobada and one fish taco. All were excellent! Loved their house made corn tortillas. They held up well under the mound of taco goodness heaped upon them.

On the Border

One of my favorite things to order at OTB is their outstanding “Classic Burrito”! Seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo and cheese rolled up in a flour tortilla smothered with a delicious chile con carne. I always add a few fresh jalapeño slices on top.

The Par Lounge

Excellent Chile Relleno omelette at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

Fleming’s Steak House

Outstanding filet mignon and truffle-poached lobster tail at Fleming’s in La Jolla!

Javier’s

Javier’s in La Jolla is a most elevated Mexican dining experience! Stunning atmosphere inside that is matched with superb service. I’ve been eating Mexican food in San Diego for decades and I cannot think of any other place like this one. The menu here is broad and expansive, featuring many seafood options. For my inaugural visit I enjoyed the “Trio de Enchiladas Del Mar”. An exquisite collection of three delicious enchiladas. One each shrimp, Dungeness crab, and Maine lobster. All are blanketed with their own unique verde sauce. Nothing here is bland, that I can tell you! Javier’s is located at the popular UTC mall, so bring patience for the parking lot and a fat wallet.

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