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Great Mexican near downtown or Gaslamp

Visiting this week but won't have a car. Can anyone recommend some wonderful Mexican within walking distance of downtown or near Gaslamp?

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  1. Oh, yes. Al Pastor burrito at Mexican Fiesta in Little Italy. Others say their little hamburgers are good, too.

    Don't be tempted by a "California" Burrito.

    Ugh.

    Disclaimer: Not really "Mexican" but socal/texmex taco shop cuisine. And damn good.

    PS: Valentine's on Market near 9th. It's OK, but I'd go to MF.

      1. re: mcgrath

        Blind Burro = YES! And if their menu is similar to the food served at Collaboration Kitchen, it IS "Mexican".

        1. re: Fake Name

          Wait did you actually go to Collaboration Kitchen and enjoy it?

          The one I went to was a resounding failure.... perhaps worse of a failure than this more expensive than addison pop-up I'm hearing about recently....

          1. re: karaethon

            Yes, the Sara Polzcnki (speling rong) of Blind Burro was very good, and I understand the Christopher Logan was good as well.

            CK has evolved quite a bit- finding itself. It's still a group feeding which I'm not big on, but good food, interesting people and a great cause.

          2. re: Fake Name

            Blind Burro was outstanding. Excellent shrimp tacos and cinnamon lemonade. Thanks for the recommendation.

            1. re: Manhattan Diner

              Good to hear, and thanks for letting us know.

              1. re: Manhattan Diner

                Yes, thanks for the feedback. Blind Burro's biggest drawback is the corny name. But the authenticity and creativity of the Mexican cuisine belies that. Sara P. ( a delightful lady who is more "Executive" than "Chef") developed the menu after a tour of Mexico with acclaimed chef Rick Bayless.

                1. re: mcgrath

                  Is it very loud? The website gives the impression that it is the East Village equivalent of Baja Betty's, albeit for hipsters. It definitely did not cry out, authentic and creative cuisine a la Rick Bayless.

                  1. re: notjustastomach

                    Well, yes, pretty loud at times, usually during the hour before Padre games. There are booths that line the room and allow for dining in relative peace. But this place is as much for upscale 20-somethings sipping exotic cocktails as it is for those who appreciate interesting Mexican cuisine.

          3. You can take the water taxi over from the Gaslamp to Coronado to Candela's.

            www.candelas-coronado.com/index2.html

            www.sdhe.com

            1. Mexican Fiesta (1460 India St)

              Then grab a seat across the street by the fountain and people watch while you enjoy your burrito or taco.

              1. OK, let me ask the big question - please define what you think of as "Great Mexican"

                Tacos, burritos, enchiladas or something more adventurous?

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                1. re: Gypsy Jan

                  Not to be smarmy, Gypsy, but if somebody asks that question without being more specific you can either assume:

                  1. TexMex

                  2. They don't know, which means you shouldn't steer them too far away from TexMex

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    Thanks for all the great responses. Sorry that I was so vague with "great." I probably should have used "authentic," although I know that's also open to interpretation. Turns out I'm staying at the Loews Resort in Coronado which is VERY isolated. I'll definitely try Candelas.

                    1. re: Manhattan Diner

                      Yeah, that's pretty isolated if you have no car. If you do end up with one, you aren't that far from some decent taco trucks in Chula Vista.

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9035...

                      1. re: Manhattan Diner

                        Mistral at Loew's
                        Drinks at Hotel Del..brunch at Crown Room on Sunday is epic.
                        Leroy's Lounge in Coronado
                        Happy Hour everyday Brigantine with great $3 fish tacos and margs..usually can upgrade on fish for a couple bucks

                        Kind of close to resort..

                        Jalisco Cafe in Imperial Beach
                        Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista
                        Toys R US parking lot Chula Vista..Mex food trucks
                        Las Cuatro Milpas Barrio Logan under Coronado Bridge

                        If your not going to have a car, try and work the resort shuttle driver with some good tips..water taxi to Gaslamp is a great way to get around w/o car.
                        Segway tours in Coronado is a blast.
                        Great beach..always in the top #5

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Mistral lost their exec chef (Ponsaty) and I didn't hear good things about the new situation.

                        2. re: Manhattan Diner

                          Will you have a car?....if so, you are not that far from authentic Mexican food in the Bonita section of Chula Vista. Romesco's Baja Med Bistro is outstanding and TJ Oyster House and Los Arcos are very good (Los Arcos has some great lunch specials).

                    2. If you have the time, you well benefit by taking the SD public transportation system to Tijuana,

                      Better authentic food and a fun experience.

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                      1. re: Gypsy Jan

                        absolutely......fine dining can be found at Mision 19, Caesar's and La Caza Club. Casual but great tacos can be found at Cebicheria Erizo

                      2. What kind of an experience? Ages? Day time or night time?

                        For night time, I think La Puerta and Las Hadas are fun/good, but they are more upscale bars than restaurants.

                        If It was me, I'd actually ride the ferry over to Coronado and eat at Candelas.

                        The Blind Burro is also good and fun.

                        For counter serve, hole-in-the-wall, Valentine's is pretty good too.

                        During the day I'd jump on the trolley and head to the 25th/Commercial stop and walk to La Fachada, Tacos El Paisa or El Salvadoreno Restaurant.

                        1. My squad recently had lunch at Bolillo Tortas and we all loved it. It's one section of the entire scope of Mexican food, but it fills the bill.