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Who's got the best mexican food in Ca? LA, SF or SD?

Please share what you loved, as this place has its sentimental fans and harsh critics all over Chowhound. I occasionally recommend it to those seeking a blast from the past since the taste screams 1960s with their salsas and sauces.

Apr 03, 2012
juliensami in California

Who's got the best mexican food in Ca? LA, SF or SD?

As a near native San Diegan, I have to agree that LA wins for diversity. We have those rare finds in strange places that make you wish the meal would never end. Recently, my friend told me about her friends who flew burritos from a small shop in El Cajon all the way to Chicago. I went out to Gillespie Field one Friday night to the cafe at the base of the airstrip tower to be served the very best fish tacos I have ever had while a country band on Taylor guitars strummed and microbrew was tapped from an ice chest. Beyond delicious and cheap. Blue Water, a fish restaurant on India street also has amazing fish tacos, having a fin above everyone else for sheer freshness of fish. We have a standard for tamales, yummy rice and beans, which is Cuatro Milpas. It's down in the barrio and found by the line going down the sidewalk. It's like dining in a Mexican bus terminal and the rice will make you weep. Some of the best Albondigas soup can be found in a small eatery just east of I-15 off the 52. I can't get past the clear broth of the Albondigas so can't speak to the rest of the menu. An amazing takeout is the Pancho Villa grocery store, where almost every meat known to man is sold in small or large soft taco format. They roast their own pollo there and the pollo asado is delicioso in tacos or enchiladas. The chile rellenos are big pasillas in the fluffy batter with a traditional clear tomato salsa. The bakery there is decent too, try the panque in chocolate with fresh strawberries for dessert. The Mexican delights in San Diego are many so happy hunting Lulu.

Apr 01, 2012
juliensami in California
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