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koreansoup Nov 13, 2010 01:23 PM

Hi all,
Visiting San Diego and I'm looking for the best overall authentic Mexican restaurant. I tend to gravitate toward small places with great food. However, I don't care if it is a taco truck or an upscale 5 star place. Just the best all around food. I like all dishes. I moved to Boston and have not had a lot of good mexican food lately. So I'm itching to eat some goodies. I've seen a lot of threads regarding only specific neighborhoods or dishes. Please feel free to direct me to a thread I haven't yet found.

  1. DiningDiva Nov 16, 2010 07:25 AM

    It doesn't get a lot of play on this board but Mayahuel on Adams Ave. is really quite good. You go for 2 things...the mole and the mescal. Probably the best rendition of mole in San Diego, well balanced with nice heat and floral nuances.

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      Ewilensky Nov 15, 2010 03:25 PM

      Super Cocina

      El Comal

      and for Mexican seafood Mariscos El Pescador (best fish taco in town, IMO) , Mariscos Godoy (pescado zarandeado is just one of those dishes you will try once and crave forever) or Mariscos German (gobonerdor taco or smoked marlin taco)

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      Super Cocina
      3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

      Mariscos Godoy
      651 Palomar St 25A, Chula Vista, CA

      Mariscos German
      3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

      El Comal
      262 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

      1. logovo Nov 15, 2010 06:10 AM

        Super Cocina for steam table stews and home style food. Under $10
        Candelas for high end eating. Attentive & friendly service. I've also found them good for weekend breakfast. Delicious made to order chilaquiles in a green sauce.
        Ortega's for their amazing flour tortillas and queso fundido. Their kobe burrito is my favorite thing there.

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        Super Cocina
        3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

        1. Beach Chick Nov 15, 2010 05:50 AM

          Hacienda de Vega in Escondido for nice patio dining with waterfall and lots of flowers..
          Las Cuatro Milpas under the Coronado bridge for carnitas..been there for 60+ years!
          Taco shop fave's are: Gualberto's in Kearny Mesa next to the Denny's off the 15..and any Los Panchos & Santana's Taco shops..

          www.haciendadevega.com

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          1. re: Beach Chick
            Fake Name Nov 15, 2010 08:38 AM

            60 years?

            So you went as a teen?

            <ducking>

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              Beach Chick Nov 15, 2010 08:58 AM

              ; )

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                cstr Nov 15, 2010 11:54 AM

                Dang Fakey... you stole my line!

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                Burger Boy Nov 16, 2010 10:04 PM

                I wish there was a Las Cuatro Milpas in L.A.. That is some serious comfort food. Rice & beans with chorizo & eggs and those hand made flour tortillas and the salsa rojo. I might have to make a run down and get some this week.

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                  Beach Chick Nov 17, 2010 05:57 AM

                  Get your butt down here BB...you can to go their carnitas/salsa and the kick ass flour tortillas back to LA..

                  do you have a fave patty melt up in the greater LA area you can recommend?

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                    Burger Boy Nov 17, 2010 08:27 PM

                    26 Beach Restaurant has a triple cheese patty melt on sourdough bread.

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                daiichi Nov 14, 2010 08:47 PM

                Try an El Gordo Taco place. Small, hole-in-the-wall feel for authentic street tacos. My favorites are lengua and cabeza tacos... but for the faint of heart, you can't go wrong with carne asada or adobada. Tasty.

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                  pantani Nov 14, 2010 05:16 PM

                  Not in San Diego but just had possibly the best Mexican food ever at La Sirena in Laguna Beach.
                  If you are looking for the typical greasy, heavy type mexican food we typically have in San Diego this is not it.
                  Very nice quality and flavorful. Worth it if are heading north.

                  1. Josh Nov 13, 2010 02:10 PM

                    Super Cocina
                    Mariscos El Pescador

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                    Super Cocina
                    3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                      cgfan Nov 13, 2010 03:50 PM

                      A second for SC! (...haven't been to MEP...)

                      Would also like to add Las Brisas Taqueria in Fallbrook, especially for their incredible Menudo con Pata.

                      It's quite a haul so I wouldn't expect a visitor to S.D. to make the trek, but it does deserve a place on the list nonetheless...

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                        chris2269 Nov 13, 2010 04:17 PM

                        oooh I live in Oceanside and have not heard of "Las Brisas Taqueria in Fallbrook" will have to check it out.

                    2. chris2269 Nov 13, 2010 02:05 PM

                      Anythng but Mama Testa ...so over rated IMO

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                      Mama Testa
                      1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

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                        logovo Nov 15, 2010 06:15 AM

                        I agree that Mama Testa is overrated and sadly I think it used to be better, before the Bobby Flay generated attention. However, because their food is still so different from any other taco shop, made with good corn tortillas and guisados, I'd say for someone coming into to town they might do worse than trying out this place.

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                        Mama Testa
                        1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

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                          DiningDiva Nov 15, 2010 07:41 AM

                          Agreed. Mama Testa *was* better before Throwdown. They got slammed and then slammed again every time the segment was rerun and in spite of putting on extra staff I don't think they ever recovered.

                          You also have to kind of know what to order...and it isn't their fish taco ;-)

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                          Mama Testa
                          1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                          1. re: DiningDiva
                            globocity Nov 15, 2010 11:00 AM

                            Was Lucha Libre EVER good? Just saw it (rerun) profiled on Man v Food and the California burrito (forgot the specific name) looked horrid; giant flour tortilla, carne asada, shrimp, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and french fries. Not a huge surprise to see a line at this place considering it was on tv (look at what tv did for Hodad's). I am curious if there is anything worthy of trying.

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                            Hodads Restaurant
                            5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

                            1. re: globocity
                              DiningDiva Nov 15, 2010 11:22 AM

                              I've only been to Lucha Libre a few times and not recently. I used to go for the fun atmosphere more than the food. To me almost all taco shops in SD are the same and the food pretty middle of the road.

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                                jmtreg Nov 15, 2010 11:45 AM

                                Prior to Man v. Food, it was a pretty decent taco shop. The food wasn't spectacular, but it was solid taco shop fare, and they served a lot of craft beers. For a local taco shop, it was pretty good. Now. . .meh.

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                                daantaat Nov 16, 2010 09:08 PM

                                Mama Testa's does a really good mashed potato taco as well as the beef taquitos in spicy beef broth. The latter is my go-to comfort food in the winter when I'm not in the mood for pho.

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                                Mama Testa
                                1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                                1. re: daantaat
                                  DiningDiva Nov 16, 2010 09:54 PM

                                  The last time I had the Mojados (taquitos in broth) I was underwhelmed; not as good as I had remembered. It was a warm day and this may truly be a dish that's better during colder weather

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                                    daantaat Nov 17, 2010 07:07 PM

                                    uh-oh. what was underwhelming about it? the last time I had it was last winter when it was freezing outside. I think I ran from our parking space to Mama Testa's b/c I was shivering (then again, I have acclimated to SD weather...).

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                                    Mama Testa
                                    1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                                    1. re: daantaat
                                      DiningDiva Nov 17, 2010 08:22 PM

                                      It wasa bit flat and I thought a little too greasy. It lacked the clarity and zip it used to have. I think this is a dish better suited for cold weather.

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