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Sep 11, 2008 10:28 PM

El Borrego Restaurant on El Cajon

Haven't seen many comments about this place here, though some other sites cover it extensively.

For those of you who haven't tried this, you should.

It's lamb prepared Mexican style!

It's located at 4280 El Cajon Blvd. Not exactly the best part of town and the restaurant is nothing fancy, though it is painted with a cute touch and the lady who runs the place is a doll. Very caring and nice.

I went with my brother and we shared a bowl of Pozole Verde and the Lamb Mixiote.


The Pozole came with some lime, avocado, chicharrĂ³n's, tostado shells, oregano and chili flakes.

The Lamb came with freshly made corn tortillas, onions, cilantro and lime. They also had two kinds of hot sauces, a red and green. The red was very tasty.

The lamb came steaming hot in a bowl wrapped in foil. It was in a broth and was very flavorful. There was plenty of meat to make four fat tacos each with a small amount of leftovers.

We also had some Jamaica Hibiscus drink. It was tasty with good intensity while being a bit sweet. If you like to pack on the heat like I do, then the sweetness was a good thing to calm your palate.

This place ranks up there with Super Cocina and El Paisa Tacos! 4.3/5 rating.

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  1. It's pretty good. Some stuff was written about it earlier this year. Aqui Es Texcoco, in Chula Vista, has better lamb, IMO, though they don't do the mixiote. I really liked the mixiote and the consomme. The place where Aqui Es Texcoco really kills Borrego is the lamb flautas. You should definitely give it a try if you like Mexican lamb.

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    1. re: Josh

      I'll be sure to give it a try but I still think the meal we had here was exceptional. The Mixiote is awesome!

      Shared with 2 people brings the cost to $6 each.

      1. re: Wino
        Here's the post from early this year Wino.

        You ordered spot on because:
        > As Josh said, the Mixiote is defintely the thing to get at El Borrego because as of yet Texcoco does not make it. Plus the tortillas are handmade here.

        > The people who run the restaurant are from Guerrero where Pozole Verde is their Specialty - the side plate with tostadas and chicharrones is very traditional.

        I think that the consomee, salsas, aguas frescas and foremostly the lamb tastes superior at Aqui.

        You should compare the Hidalgo style to Estado de Mexico!

        1. re: kare_raisu

          Will El Borrego do if I'm not up for driving down to Chula Vista? I love Aqui es Texcoco but sometimes it's a pain in the ass for me to get down there and El Borrego is quite a bit closer.

          1. re: DougOLis

            Borrego is great. Texcoco is simply greater. Can't go wrong either way. My point was just that if the OP likes Borrego so much, they should def. check out Texcoco.

    2. I've only been once but was very impressed and will certainly be going back

      1. was in again Saturday; took a good friend for his first visit. got the barbacoa, the mixote and some quesadillas. washed it all down with Bollinger...heaven

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        1. re: ibstatguy

          another CHer suggested to me that I make a clarification: we got "take out" and hence were able to enjoy the food with the Bollinger