Dan Diego's on Morena
I can't believe I've driven past this relatively new place for so many months without stopping in. Turns out it's been open since February. Tonight I felt in the mood for Mexican, and so I thought I'd give it a shot.
Guess what. It's not Mexican, which I'd just assumed by the name (as in "Don Diego"). It's Irish. They had a special on shepherd's pie, which was truly yummy and very satisfying. Basic home-style cooking.
This is an earthy place, and has some of that "dive-bar" aspect to it. I liked it. I got friendly, attentive table service; in fact, the whole place seemed to exude "friendly". There's a large outdoor patio if it's too noisy, but the atmosphere is completely different.
I had an on-tap Karl Strauss dopplebock with the "pie". They have a good selection of beers, although not exactly extensive.
Not quite a match for the mindbending experience that FN had yesterday at La Valencia, but in its own league it was really nice. I'll go back. I was just wondering what others who've been there (if there are any) think of the other menu items.
Hi! It's Larry and my son Ryan is the owner and chef and GM of Dan Diegos. Thank you very much for all your kind remarks.
Dan Diego was our 3rd son and he worked in NYC so his nickname after a while went from "Dan from San Diego" to just Dan Diego. He even has some movie credits to his name as a sound editor listed as Dan "Diego" Fulton.
He passed away right when Ryan was planning his restaurant (you can read about it on our website www.dandiegos.com). So, Ryan decided to name it after his brother. We like Don Diegos too they are a great family run business like ours. The shamrock on all our branding we hope give it away that we are a Euro Cafe and Pub.
Anyway, thanks again for your comments and we hope to see you again! Slainte!
A friend went with us last night and while we were chowing down on Irish stew and shepherd's pie (yawn, the usuals), our friend ordered the 1/2 chicken dinner. She raved about it from first to last bite; even the veggies that came with it were wonderful, she said. Perfectly cooked, moist and tender, with crispy blackened skin and a great herbal flavors.
I've decided that the patio is the only place to dine here at night, by the way. Much too noisy inside; the patio is quieter and has a nicer ambience, including those tall fire-in-a-tube, pyramid-shaped heaters that keep the chill away.