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Great Mexican near downtown or Gaslamp

Manhattan Diner Jun 4, 2013 05:21 AM

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

  1. Dagney Jun 22, 2013 01:13 PM

    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.

    1. scottca075 Jun 13, 2013 06:16 PM

      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. Gypsy Jan Jun 5, 2013 07:40 PM

        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
          El Chevere Jun 6, 2013 11:30 AM

          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. Gypsy Jan Jun 4, 2013 07:06 PM

          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
            RB Hound Jun 4, 2013 09:16 PM

            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
              Manhattan Diner Jun 5, 2013 06:02 AM

              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
                RB Hound Jun 5, 2013 06:34 AM

                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.


                1. re: Manhattan Diner
                  Beach Chick Jun 5, 2013 06:37 AM

                  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
                    honkman Jun 5, 2013 09:40 AM

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

                  2. re: Manhattan Diner
                    El Chevere Jun 6, 2013 11:28 AM

                    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. ipsedixit Jun 4, 2013 11:23 AM

                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. Beach Chick Jun 4, 2013 08:30 AM

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



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                    mcgrath Jun 4, 2013 07:39 AM

                    The Blind Burro

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                    1. re: mcgrath
                      Fake Name Jun 4, 2013 08:21 AM

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

                      1. re: Fake Name
                        karaethon Jun 4, 2013 10:37 AM

                        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
                          Fake Name Jun 4, 2013 11:03 AM

                          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
                          Manhattan Diner Jun 5, 2013 02:42 PM

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

                          1. re: Manhattan Diner
                            Fake Name Jun 5, 2013 03:37 PM

                            Good to hear, and thanks for letting us know.

                            1. re: Manhattan Diner
                              mcgrath Jun 5, 2013 05:42 PM

                              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
                                notjustastomach Jun 5, 2013 06:04 PM

                                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
                                  mcgrath Jun 5, 2013 06:45 PM

                                  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. Fake Name Jun 4, 2013 07:37 AM

                          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.


                          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.

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