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Where to find Pozole (posole) in San Diego?

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wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 11:32 AM

Any place to find this wonderful dish in San Diego? Preferably as close to the northern New Mexico version as possible? I miss it and I simply cannot make it taste the same when I try to prepare it at home.

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    Cathy RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 11:43 AM

    The food court/steam trays at Northgate Gonzalez Market.

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      Island RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 12:20 PM

      There's a little place in CV called Posoleria Dona Maria. Haven't been but my husband loves posole too so it's on our list to try. Anyone been there?

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      Posoleria Dona Maria
      1660 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911

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        kare_raisu RE: Island Mar 17, 2011 05:47 PM

        I've been there its ok - not worth the drive to almost San Ysidro and its white pozole only.

        The best pozole Ive had in San Diego was at the Cenaduria of Candyland in City Heights though I believe they have new owners.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/98128783...

      2. Josh RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 12:21 PM

        El Comal in North Park makes a good one, red or white versions both available.

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          wrldtrvl RE: Josh Mar 17, 2011 12:34 PM

          Although I live really near El Comal I had never been so, in search of pozole, we went last night. Overall we really liked the place. Great prices, huge (too huge) portions. Too cold for the patio last night but I am sure we will go back for the live music on the weekends when it is warmer. My husband loved his fish tacos. We shared a gordita "exotica" which was wonderful--steak, nopales, and mushrooms. I, of course, had the pozole. I had the red. I liked it and all the condiments that came with it were great. But, it had nothing to do (except the hominy) with the pozole I have had in New Mexico. That pozole was green, so, that may be the big difference. The pozole I was looking for had lots of herbs in it (sorrel?? among others) and definitely smoked chilies. The hominy was somehow much softer and flavorful that the stuff that you get from the cans at the supermakret. It was also a lot spicier. I will definitely go back to El Comal, but not for the pozole. Still searching.

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

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            DiningDiva RE: wrldtrvl Mar 17, 2011 12:53 PM

            I think most of the places that have been recommended on this thread serve Mexican posole, not New Mexican. You're right they're similar but not the same. I don't know of any place in SD serving New Mexico style posole. There used to be a place out in Santee but they went out of business several years ago.

        2. DiningDiva RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 12:47 PM

          Menuderia Don Vincente on Highland a few blocks south of Northgate Market makes a very good posole. Grande or chico, the appropriate garnishes and tortillas.

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          Northgate Market
          606 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

          1. foodiechick RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 12:53 PM

            Second El Comal! Gringo versions: Old Town Mexican Cafe and World Famous in PB are still pretty tasty in a pinch.

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              Jenkay RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 04:05 PM

              El Borrego on El Cajon Blvd makes a nice green pozole. I'm craving it now!

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              El Borrego Restaurant
              4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

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                berliz RE: wrldtrvl Mar 16, 2011 05:25 PM

                Super Cocina, on University, is always good...

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

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                  bizzwriter RE: berliz Mar 16, 2011 10:18 PM

                  Someone needs to invent seafood pozole -- I'd be so all over that.

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                    DiningDiva RE: bizzwriter Mar 16, 2011 10:36 PM

                    I've seen shrimp pozole in Mexico

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                      bizzwriter RE: DiningDiva Mar 16, 2011 11:24 PM

                      Hmmm....I'll have to give a try at making my own!

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                        DiningDiva RE: bizzwriter Mar 17, 2011 08:51 AM

                        There are 3 basic posoles in Mexico - red, white and green. The shirmp posoles I've seen appear to be a riff on white posole. I think if you can hunt down a recipe for white posole and make a few adjustments you'd be on the right track. Good luck :-)

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                          bizzwriter RE: DiningDiva Mar 17, 2011 08:59 AM

                          Thanks for the tip DD -- I'm on it!

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                            Josh RE: DiningDiva Mar 17, 2011 12:08 PM

                            Do you know a place in SD where green is available? I order it without the pork, which gets some stares, but whatever.

                            I've had white and red at El Comal, and love them both.

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

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                              DiningDiva RE: Josh Mar 17, 2011 12:16 PM

                              Josh, I haven't really looked for it in SD. You might ask at Super Cocina if they ever do it. Also try the spots that specialize in food from Guerrero. Thursday is market day in much of Guerrero and there is a posole verde that is served in many markets. It's pretty different from what we're used to as posole; call it a kissing cousin. I've only had it a few times and each time it had pork in it. The "green" in it is from sawtooth, which is a grass. Sorrel is the common substitution. It's pretty easy to make. I've got a recipe I can shoot over too you if you feel ambitious and want to try making it.

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

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                                Josh RE: DiningDiva Mar 17, 2011 12:50 PM

                                Yes, please do.

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                                Jenkay RE: Josh Mar 17, 2011 04:11 PM

                                You can get it al El Borrego, as I mentioned above.

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                                El Borrego Restaurant
                                4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

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                      eatemup RE: wrldtrvl Mar 17, 2011 08:23 AM

                      It is on the brunch menu at Miguel's in 4S Ranch. I have not tried it.

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