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Sep 10, 2007 11:38 AM

Ortegas in OB (san diego)

Was in OB yesterday and I am sorry to report Ortegas is gone. A new restaurant, the Blue Parrot is in its place and was very busy serving breakfast.

Any scoopage on Blue Parrot?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. ?

    I was in OB yesterday and saw Ortega's Cocina right where it's always been, still doing business.

    Are you referring to the Tamaleria they opened later on Niagara?

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    1. re: Josh

      Correct Josh, it is the Ortegas on Niagra. I didnt realize Ortegas was on Newport Ave. too until just now. Ortegas on the corner of Niagra and Bacon St. is the location I was referring to.

      1. re: sdnativa

        darn that stinks. The Niagara location was a good alternative when the Newport location was full.

        Interested to hear what Blue Parrot is about...

    2. I've heard the Blue Parrot is just a new name for's almost the exact same menu as the one on Newport.

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      1. Oh, wow! We just ate at the Blue Parrot on Wednesday after wandering the street fair!

        I'll try my best to review:

        The chips and salsa: Great chips, slightly warm -
        Salsa: Quite good, nice consistency - we went through two of these between the three of us. They also brought out a green salsa and a dark red salsa. The green was tomatillo-y, and bland. The dark red was almost "mole flavored". Very pungent and dry, a little bitter but had an addictive quality. We didn't finish it. The regular salsa was best.

        Service was good, perhaps a little slow in getting the beer to the table.

        My husband had a bean and cheese chimichanga, and it was indeed a bean and cheese chimichanga. It was slightly crispy at the edges, sour cream and guacamole on top. Nothing to write home about, but hey, that's what he gets for getting something so boring!!! ;)

        I opted for the two item combo plate: Chile relleno and vegetable enchilada. The vegetable enchilada was fantastic! Lovely sauteed and nicely flavored zucchini in there really won me over. I didn't miss the meat or the usual overly cheesy fare. It was delightful. The chile relleno kinda freaked me out a bit as at the first bite I smelled and tasted a "sour note". I'm not sure whether something had gone bad, and I didn't have any physical trouble after eating it per se, but something was "off". In hindsight, I should have sent it back. The rice and beans were good.

        Our friend ordered a combo plate with a quesadilla (plain, fine, whatever) and some lobster dish (tacos?) that I don't recall, but he was a happy camper and cleaned his plate as well.

        It was great to get a table outside as it was kinda stuffy (though not crowded) inside. The music was fun - varied and chock full of singable 80s/90s tunes, offhand I can remember "Corn Flake Girl" and "Baggy Trousers"...

        They are reasonably priced, the menu is GIGANTIC, lots of vegetarian options (yay!) and portions are generous. We walked back to the house fat and happy.

        I'd definitely go again.