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Any non-touristy mexican food spots featuring Mariachi bands in San Diego?

gotukola Feb 8, 2009 03:16 PM

There must be a place (think Cielito Lindo in South El Monte:
in San Diego County. Possibly in Chula Vista or South Bay?

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  1. trentyzan RE: gotukola Feb 8, 2009 04:07 PM

    I've seen them at Mariscos Godoy, Karina's and La Costa Azul I think - mainly on the weekend. Anyone know schedules?

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      gotukola RE: trentyzan Mar 1, 2009 05:52 PM

      Just wanted to thank you for your reply trentyzan!

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        cstr RE: trentyzan Feb 17, 2011 06:16 AM

        2nd MG, usually a small group that I've seen there on Fridays.

      2. Alice Q RE: gotukola Mar 2, 2009 07:27 AM

        You could try the trio in Solana Beach - Fidel's, Don Chuy and Tony's Jacal. They aren't particularly touristy in the off season.

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          jasont RE: gotukola Mar 2, 2009 09:42 AM

          I've seen some Mariachis come through Super Cocina on a Saturday afternoon. They came in and walked around for a bit then left b/c no one asked them to sing. I think they were walking from business to business down University looking for someone to take them up on a song. It would be difficult to predict if and when they are going to stop in. Maybe the owners would know how often they stop by.

          1. Beach Chick RE: gotukola Mar 2, 2009 09:58 AM

            trying to remember if Hacienda de Vega in Escondido has any roaming mariachi's..they have a band on the weekend..weather permitting.


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              gotukola RE: Beach Chick Mar 6, 2009 09:11 PM

              Thank you all for the replies!!

              I'm thinking there may be an opportunity for an entrepreneur to open a restaurant similar to Cielito Lindo in the South Bay area....

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              jazzzione RE: gotukola Mar 7, 2009 09:20 AM

              Mariscos Hectors
              Ste 201
              2305 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91915
              (619) 421-130

              Also salsa nights below.

              Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant
              2220 Otay Lakes Rd # 505
              Chula Vista, CA 91915
              (619) 216-8812‎

              1. gotukola RE: gotukola Apr 27, 2009 01:08 PM

                Speaking of Mariachi's has anyone heard the rumor that Casa De Bandini is reopening in Carlsbad?

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                  foodiechick RE: gotukola Apr 27, 2009 10:52 PM

                  Yes. At the Carlsbad Company Stores retail outlet.

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                    gotukola RE: foodiechick Apr 30, 2009 01:52 PM

                    Carlsbad Forum where the Yellow Coyote was formerly.

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                      steveprez RE: gotukola Apr 28, 2010 10:18 AM

                      Been there! Quite good and they had roaming Mariachis going from table to table, taking requests (and tips).

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                    foodie bride RE: gotukola Feb 16, 2011 03:03 PM

                    Hey folks,

                    First, I feel obligated to say that I've been reading the SD Chowhound threads frequently for a long time, but haven't been a big poster myself. However, that's likely to change, because my job requires me to be up super caught up on our culinary scene (whereas before it was just a hobby). So that's just my little way of saying that I'm looking forward to talking more directly with all of you guys :)

                    Here's my question related to this thread: I have someone coming into town next month that is really looking to recreate the Casa de Bandini experience he had in Old Town back in the day...in Old Town. So my question to you is two parts -- first, are there any restaurants in Old Town that come close, and second, how does the Carlsbad location compare to the original?

                    Thanks in advance, team SD.

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                      foodiechick RE: foodie bride Feb 16, 2011 04:32 PM

                      Casa Guadalajara on Taylor Street near the entrance of Old Town is owned by Dianne Powers who owns/owned Bandini and the old Bazaar Del Mundo. Pretty much same colorful, vibrant atmosphere, giant birdbath margaritas and food. Haven't been to the new Carlsbad location. Look forward to your future posts.

                      Casa Guadalajara
                      4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

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                        littlestevie RE: foodiechick Feb 17, 2011 10:00 AM

                        CdB in the Forum is pretty much the same as it was in Old Town, That may be good or bad depending on how much you liked CdB in Old Town. I have found the the food to be a bit more consistent, which I think is a reflection on the much bigger and newer kitchen.

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                          foodiechick RE: littlestevie Feb 17, 2011 11:50 AM

                          Thanks for the update, never was a fan of the food but glad to hear it is more consistent. I think all of the food on Dianne's restaurant menus are pretty much the same, but out of town friends prefer the atmosphere over authenticity.

                  3. Tripeler RE: gotukola Feb 16, 2011 06:07 PM

                    The "non-touristy" with "Mariachi bands" -- is that at all possible?

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                      DiningDiva RE: Tripeler Feb 16, 2011 07:45 PM

                      Sure...but not on this side of the border

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                        mcgrath RE: Tripeler Feb 18, 2011 12:21 PM

                        My inital thought exactly. But in reading the thread, perhaps we're wrong.

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