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Mexican in La Jolla

I am meeting my mom in La Jolla for dinner on Thursday, and as she is a former Californian living in Minnesota, she is craving real Mexican. Please help with ideas, and I would be willing to venture into San Diego if an amazing molcajete could be found...

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  1. The only place I've seen a molcajete around here is at Cantina de los Remedios on Paseo de los héroes in Tijuana (they're really good), but I'm sure someone on this board knows of a place that's closer.

    1. Having grown up in SD/LJ, the best mexican food you'll find in the city is at the taco stands. No city makes a better burrito than SD; there's no beans, sour cream, lettuce or any other filler to mess it up. Just marinated carne asada, guacamole and pico de gallo. Try JV's on Morena Blvd.

      As far as mexican restaurants in LJ, there's Alfonso's and Jose's, but the food is marginal at best and they're really just watering holes i.e. margaritas. One plus for Alfonso's is it has a nice patio right on Prospect St, LJ's "strip".

      If you want authentic, well prepared mexican, try El Agave in Old Town.

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      1. re: vinosnob

        Thanks for the advice, I will be sure to try Cantina de los Remedios on my next TJ trip, but for dinner on Thursday I may try El Agave. As for the SD taco stands, I agree and I have been to the finest _____berto's in SD, but I am thinking they are not so condusive to dining with mother. Gracias!

      2. If you want good service and classy Mexican food, Chilango's is one of the nicest places in town. It's a cute place (one brother cooks, the other waits tables and runs the front end most nights) on University in Hillcrest. The food is from Mexico City, and shows some European influences as well as melding of many styles from around the country of Mexico. With the coupons available, it is cheaper than many of the tourist places in Old Town, and the quality is clearly superior. The roast pork melts apart on your fork; the sauces taste earthy and hand-made (they are). There are several old posts recommending this place that describe the food in more detail, if you search this board.

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        1. re: Joseph

          Not very classy, but how 'bout Porkyland in La Jolla?

          1. re: Joseph

            I second Chilango's. I have not had the roast pork but the seafood was delicious and the service was absolutely charming! I will be in San Diego for a birthday celebration in a couple of months and I am hoping for a meal at Chilango's while there.

          2. It's pretty solid, toddler sized burritos, with pretty good carnitas, I prefer my pork with a little more crunch, but it scratches the itch.

            Cheers

            1. Take a short drive up to Solana Beach and try Fidel's. Nice atmosphere and decent but not great food, but the Tostada Suprema is outstanding.