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Chilangos -SD bad news

abacal Mar 10, 2007 11:58 AM

Bad news for Chilango fans. I just drove by to see that they have closed. Sushi to come in their place. Anyone know if they've moved or bitten the dust?

  1. DiningDiva Mar 10, 2007 02:00 PM

    This was reported last week in the "Mexican in La Jolla" thread. Unfortunately, it is true and it seems that it's a permanent closure. Why the sudden closure is unknown at this time.

    1. Crolak Mar 10, 2007 05:02 PM

      Are you referring to the Chilangos in Hillcrest?? Please tell me it's some other one that's closed :(

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      1. re: Crolak
        phee Mar 10, 2007 05:04 PM

        No, sadly, it is the Chilango's in Hillcrest.

      2. w
        whatwedig Mar 11, 2007 07:38 AM

        I get the feeling Ortega's might have been taking a lot of their business. Very sad indeed.

        1. j
          James Patrick Griffin Mar 15, 2007 12:22 PM

          Sushi Teriyaki House, which occupies Chilango's old location, has the same owners as Chilango's. I went there the other day for their sushi happy hour (2 to 6 pm) and was impressed. I had an eel roll and a rainbow roll and they were much better than the same items at Ichiban's happy hour down the street. I will go back soon to try the kitchen items.

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          1. re: James Patrick Griffin
            kare_raisu Mar 15, 2007 01:43 PM

            What do you mean? They still own the place but have changed the cuisine to japones?!?

            1. re: kare_raisu
              mangiatore Mar 15, 2007 02:26 PM

              I'm pretty sure they were forced to due to Hillcrest zoning restrictions, which state that each block must have at least one sushi establishment.

              1. re: mangiatore
                Jim Strain Mar 15, 2007 02:44 PM

                Glad I wasn't taking a sip of my coffee when I read this. Best laugh of the day.
                . . . jim strain

                1. re: Jim Strain
                  mangiatore Mar 15, 2007 02:49 PM

                  Glad to be of service :)

              2. re: kare_raisu
                James Patrick Griffin Mar 15, 2007 03:03 PM

                Yes. My waiter didn't know why they made the change. He said he had just started working there when it was made. I'll try to get more information the next time I go.

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              mliew Mar 15, 2007 03:57 PM

              So the place is still owned by the brothers from Mexico but now they're serving sushi instead of Mexican food? That would be quite strange indeed.

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              1. re: mliew
                James Patrick Griffin Mar 15, 2007 04:16 PM

                I just came back from Sushi Teriyaki house where I had chicken katsu-don and got a bit more information from my waiter. He told me the owners of Chilango's were tired of people coming in looking for burritos and tacos, so they closed and partnered with two former chefs from Ichiban and reopened as a Japanese joint. From what I have had so far this place is head and shoulders above Ichiban and ranks up there with the old Teriyaki Cowboy.

                1. re: James Patrick Griffin
                  kare_raisu Mar 15, 2007 04:18 PM

                  All I can say is what a shame...

                  1. re: kare_raisu
                    mangiatore Mar 15, 2007 04:25 PM

                    Yeah, that is pretty sad. I can't believe people know that little about Mexican food...

                    1. re: mangiatore
                      DiningDiva Mar 15, 2007 05:13 PM

                      Oh, trust me on this one I CAN!

              2. m
                mliew Mar 16, 2007 10:42 AM

                Maybe they will still make their Mexican food dishes by request? :) Probably not, but wishful thinking on my part I guess. Honestly though, if people want a taco or burrito there are about 2 million other places in SD to get that, you would think once in a while they would want to try something else.

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                1. re: mliew
                  DiningDiva Mar 16, 2007 11:14 AM

                  Ah, but many people don't know that there *is* anything else other than tacos or burritos. We're creatures of habit and food feeds that habit, we tend to order what we like or what we're comfortable with.

                2. Crolak Mar 17, 2007 09:06 AM

                  Maybe we should all go in there and tell them we're looking for a Mexican restaurant that doesn't serve burritos or tacos? Worth a shot!

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