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Oct 12, 2008 06:35 PM

La Barbacoa: Authentica de Borrego SD

This is the elusive Mexican -sweet store by-week- "secret" Barbacoa restaurant that I have heard about when talking with friends in the local Mexican dining scene. I finally made it here today for an early lunch on this chilly morning after my initial recon pass back in January [if you remember the post].

Its not secret to the county of Health as you can see the Candyland Dulceria is listed here:

I can only describe the restaurant as akin to an open air garage on the back side of the Dulceria. Inside there are benches and tables. The restaurant is waited by a mother and daughter team -and both are super friendly.

To drink you have a daily agua fresca - horchata, sangria, sidral or sodas.

They have orders [which i think composes of a quarter kilo with rice beans and consomme
)and by the #lbs.

Tacos are available in Pansita or Maszica form and there quesadillas are huitlacoche, rajas or flor the calabaza and possibly requeson.

Cosommes come as sencillo, doble or grande.

I ordered: Consomme, 2 pancita tacos, maciza and a huitlacoche quesadilla.

Interestingly very spicy! I thought this may have masked quite a bit of lamb flavor - almost greaseless- garbanzos where nicely made from scratch (not canned), nice pieces of meat.

Straight up delicious, moist, rich lamb flavor - would come back for orders

Very Good!!!! This was my favorite of all - not quite strong of a pate, livery flavor, much lighter and milder -not a strong adobada paste content either - in a word balanced. They are doing these innards perfect justice!!!

Oye, Masa Assassin sauve blanditas hechas a mano y deliciosas!
They also offer tlacoyos on the menu - a First for San Diego with that fresh masa - filled with chich, papas, or frijoles etc

>> Huitlacoche Ques.<<
Much like the the pansita - the hand of the cook is deft - equal marriage of mild rich cheese and deep huitlacoche happyness. I liked that it was not overflowing.

The green is an exact replica of El Borregos - bright - pleasant acidic ness and a roasted tomato - arbol which was smokey. And a really well done coarse molcajete salsa.

They are indeed related to the El Borrego folks here - her aunt is the older lady overthere on El Cajon.

To me - what is very intriguing is they offer Cenaduria Friday and Saturday evenings from 4-9pm this is in charge of her mother and brother.

La Barbacoa: Authentica de Borrego
3502 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA

Borrego Hours
Sat 8am-8;30pm
Sun 8am-2pm


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  1. Fresh masa? Are they nixtamalizing and grinding the corn themselves. If so, they are probably pretty special.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      DD I think they are getting the masa from Tortillas Lily just there on Univ - less than 5 min away.

    2. This sounds fantastic defiantly worth a trip next weekend. A Tlacoyo from fresh masa filled with chich, I'm so their!!!!

      1. Excelente! Can't wait to hear about the cenaduria offerings.Quesadillas de huitlacoche make life worth living.

        1. If you are trying to understand why I think this food - Central Mexican Lamb pit BBQ - is so special and unique, I invite you to watch this video

          It shows the beauty of the process but be warned its not for vegetarians!

          1. Thank you for mentioning this place. I just had one of the best lunches I've had in an age!

            While there today I learned that they do Barbacoa on Satuday and Sunday, 8 am to 2 pm. Then Sergio takes over and a new menu comes out!

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            1. re: juliebird

              Fantastic that you went and enjoyed yourself julie! What did you have?

              I went there friday night for the Cenaduria - I will be writting an epic report on that!!!

              1. re: kare_raisu

                Besides way too much to eat?

                I had the consomme, which I just loved. It was spicy but in an interesting way. My mouth did not really burn but I sure felt a kick in my throat. The texture of the garbanzo beans really did it for me. I got a single, but I'll never make that mistake again. A double next time, no question!

                Then I had the combo plate. Came with maybe 5 tortillas. And I ate every single one. The lamb had such amazing flavor. I did try both varieties of salsa but I ate my little tacos naked. It was so delicious that I did not want to alter the flavor!

                The combo plate comes with rice and beans, which were really good. But rice and beans are not my Manna, so next time I'll skip the combo plate and just get lamb and tortillas.

                To drink I had horchata. Horchata might be my favorite drink in general right now. This was, without a doubt, my favorite version of my favorite drink.

                I saw your reconnaissance report on the Cenaduria. I am very excited to give that a try.