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Sep 1, 2006 08:11 PM

Report on Super Cocina, San Diego

We moved from the Bay Area to Reno, Nevada over 5 years ago, and have been on the hunt for a "Mission" style burrito ever since, to no avail. With a trip to San Diego planned, I thought I'd hit the board for tips on really great Mexican food and settled on Super Cocina. What a pleasant surprise - not the surprise of ending up with some really great Mexican food, because I wouldn't expect anything less from Chowhounders. The surprise was the style of Mexican - the hint of cardamon, nutmeg and cinammon in the sauces; the green olives in the rice; the roasted red peppers cooked with the chicken! It was such a wonderful melding of flavors. I wish I would have been more adventurous - there were so many items on the menu that piqued my interest. I was expecting a gut-buster beef burrito filled with beans, rice, sour cream, cheese, etc. etc. What a glorious combination of flavors I ended up with instead. My daughter is headed for SDSU next fall - Super Cocina will be a regular stop during my visits!

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it, despite it not being what you expected. The staff will let you taste pretty much anything before you order, which should make being adventurous a little easier. Breakfast there is also quite good, FYI. Their chilaquiles are amazing.

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    1. re: Josh

      I think we need to have a chowdown there Josh. :)

      By the Way, have you tried el borrego? Super cocina cannot be beat, but when I'm in the mood for lamb it's great. I like the people who work there too.

    2. Have never heard of El Borrego. Where is it?

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            1. re: Phoo D

              Wow - Mexican lamb. Never heard of that before. I'll definitely be checking that place out.

              1. re: Phoo D

                What really helped was talking to the Dining Diva before visiting, She filled me in on the cooking style and such. The People working there are really nice, and the Gal(Rodnia) went through the entire cooking process. What we really enjoyed was the lamb broth. We did think the Mixiote really didn't stand out.

        1. I agree, this place is great, since it comes the closest I've had to my mom's home cooking. I'm troubled by the addition of 2-3 items that don't do well in steam tables, like enchiladas and tacos (those should be eaten as soon as they are made) but they also have kept on my favorites. Hurray for their puerco en chile verde and patitas de puerco, both of which I enjoyed yesterday, with some agua de jamaica...yum!!!