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Oct 10, 2007 02:47 PM

best tex mex in San Diego?

my girlfriend and I are going to a concert at Soma in san diego, what are the must haves? I'd imagine the tex mex is pretty good. thanks

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  1. umm, no, nto really. Tex-Mex is not big in San Diego. You're most likely to find Cal-Mex, which is a whole differ genre of Mexican than is Tex-Mex, which is more indigenous to Texas than California.

    San Diego has lots of bad Mexican, a few good Cal-Mex places, and not a lot of Tex-Mex.

    1. We have lots of Taco Shops.
      We have some pseudo Mexico Mexican places.
      The only thing Texan we have is (maybe) BBQ.

      Do you want to know places around the Sports Arena Blvd area? Where are you coming from?

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      1. re: Cathy

        Since you mention Texas BBQ, there is a pretty good place on Miramar Rd., Abbey's Texas BBQ, which is run by an Actual Texan (tm). Of course, it's not the same as those places in little burgs near Austin where the only silverware in the joint is one knife chained to the counter, but given the fact that it's transplanted a thousand miles, it's pretty tasty.

        Not really an answer to the original Tex-Mex question, but that's already been answered: "No."

        1. re: BruceT

          There is also one(Abbey's) on Clairmont Mesa Blvd near the Registrar of Voters ( in the same mall as the Carl's Jr., Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Giovanni's, Palominos and Indigo Grill)

          Not that I know the area or anything...

          1. re: Cathy

            my tex mex I just ment like americanized mexican food,..fajitas and what have you. so tell me where should I go? thanks

            1. re: AdamFoodie

              If you want touristy gringo-mex, then the Old Town restaurants: La Pinata, Casa Guadalajara, Old Town Mexican should suffice. If you're looking for hole-in-the-wall, Jimmy Carter's on Washington St. or Casa Adams on Adams near Ohio are two I go to occaisionally. If you're looking for something in Point Loma, Ortega's on Newport in OB. If you're open to something that's pretty close to fajita's, there's Brazil by the Bay, which is behind the Sports Arena on Hancock (within walking distance of Soma).

              1. re: AdamFoodie

                Miguel's Cocina on Shelter Island Drive in Pt Loma is pretty reliable Americanized Mexican food and probably close to where you're staying.

                1. re: AdamFoodie

                  I really don't understand all the haggling about what is and isn't good Mexican food. Unless it's Mexico City style, most Mexican food in San Diego is pretty much the same, some is a little better and some a little worse, but really beans, chese, etc. taste pretty much the same no matter who turns the can opener or opens the bag. For sit down Americanized Mexican in a central location, I'd recommend Old Town Mexican Cafe, Casa Guadalajara or Ponce's - a little further East in Kensington.

                  As an aside, I recently had a really great lunch at a place down near the Otay Border crossing called Vallarta - it really was a cut above. They have a different daily special every day and the word is the Thursday Carnitas are the best in town. The day we went it was barbacoa, served with really good housemade salsas and creamy whole beans. Even the rice was better than average.

                  1. re: Alice Q

                    Thanks for the recommendation of Vallarta, Alice. I will definitely check it out.

                    1. re: Alice Q

                      Did you ever make it to Super Cocina?

                      1. re: Josh

                        Not yet, but I'm working on it! I'm trying to organize a lunch trip from work one of these days soon.

            2. I understand exactly what you are looking for...and unfortunately you will not find it here in SD. Other posters are recommending "gringo" Mexican, but you and I know that's not what you are looking for. You're searching for that beautiful cross that exists on the border towns of Texas, that often consists of succulent fajitas with the best grilled peppers and onions imaginable. I love this style of cuisine as well, but you're in for a difficult search in SD. If you find anything worthy, please let me know. Best of luck!