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JV's Mexican Food

I am always a little unsure about Thrillist, I think it falls into y*** territory. But I saw their best burrito list and I was a bit intrigued. I have been to two of the listed places up in LA, Al & Bea's and Manny's, both in ELA. Both are old school and really good. So I saw JV's down on Morena on the list. I have never even heard of it, so has anybody been and is it any good?

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  1. I go to JV's from time to time, because they have some things other places in the area don't. Nothing really outstanding, but some things are pretty tasty. I like all of their soups, the mole enchiladas, and the chorizo plate. Can't think of any others offhand. Good specials sometimes. I've had their chili con carne twice, liked it the first time, hated it the second (my comments here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/962028). Overall, variable, in other words.

    Just looked at their website menu, and was reminded that the chicken chipotle plate is good, too. I think the place is worth a visit.

    1. I just mentioned JV's for a fave lunch spot when I'm slumming near USD.
      I've been going here for years and I love it..

      1. JV's is fantastic because of the variety on the menu. I wouldn't say they have a Best Carne Asada of SD or Best Carnitas or anything. But they have fish rolled tacos, mole bowls, chicken fried steak burritos (!), all sorts of umm cool stuff.

        I haven't found anything there that is amazing, but I generally like everything but the fish tacos.

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        1. re: MrKrispy

          Thanks, I can always use a place to fill up after my Walter Andersen's run.

          1. re: littlestevie

            If you got to Walter Andersen's or Toys-R-Us often, or find yourself shopping for lighting fixtures often, I have a difficult time understand how you hadn't visited JVs before.

            1. re: RB Hound

              I think you mean Armstrong's, but Anderson's isn't that far away. I'm big into gardening these days, and go to both.

              I have a 35 ft queen palm that I bought from Anderson's about 35 years ago (hmmm...two 35's). It was about 15 ft at the time. It was growing in the ground at their outpost on Morena, north of Balboa, where they grew full-sized trees. It took my contractor a whole day to dig up the palm at their place and transport/plant it at my house! A crane was involved!

              1. re: DoctorChow

                It is Andersen's. I catch the N5 so I don't go right past it, but close enough for a burrito.

                1. re: littlestevie

                  OK. I see.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    Dr. Chow was right in that I was thinking of Armstrong's (which is within walking distance of JVs), but Andersen's certainly is close enough as well.

                    I loved their Surf-n-turf burrito, back when I could eat something like that (now it would be at least 2 meals, and I don't like reheated burritos).

          2. re: MrKrispy

            How are the fish rolled tacos? Never heard of that combo before. Sounds interesting. But chicken fried steak burritos? Wrong on so many levels.

            1. re: foodiechick

              I have had better fish rolled tacos at a few places in PB (that I think are no longer in existence sadly). The ones at JVs are ok...a good alternative to potato rolled tacos but it depends on how the sauce was made that day. The fish is akin to many beef rolled tacos in that the meat is almost Mystery Meat haha.

          3. I like their burritos.

            They're good for a biceps workout. Shoulder press, too.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yeah, really. Generous servings -- you don't leave JV's hungry!

            2. JV's is good because it's weird. I wouldn't put it in best burrito category though. Try Rudy's Taco Shop for that.

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              1. re: y6y6y6

                I like your description: "weird". Yeah, they do serve up some unusual things, all right!

                No, definitely not in the Best Burrito category. But good enough. And good for the biceps, as ipse says.

                1. re: DoctorChow

                  Their mashed potatoe tacos are really good!

              2. Just ate there last night. JVs is one of my go-to's when visitors are here. Thanks to KirkK's blog, it was my first meal upon arriving in SD, nine years ago - that first burrito was bigger than my wife's head!
                Since then, we have discovered a long list of items that you just don't find anywhere else. However, the burritos don't top my list.
                Top picks: Sonora quesadilla, mole bowl, potato tacos (awesome), rolled fish tacos (have never seen anywhere else in SD). I also almost always get the roast pork burrito (in green tomatillo sauce) or the Al pastor burrito (not "authentic", but tasty for sure). We also always get the chicken tortilla soup - tastes like it was made by " mom".

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                1. re: CampySD

                  Fish rollos are also available (it's been a while, so they WERE available last time I checked) at the Cotijas Taco Shoppe (the extra e is mine) in Santee near Mary's donuts.

                  I don't recommend them.