Jun 072013
 

A quick post today with cell phone photos as this was a spontaneous visit… I had planned to cook a weeknight dinner, but S and I were too hungry so we decided to grab a bite on Convoy St. We’ve been wanting to go to Super Sergio’s for a long time, since a lot of our friends really like the place, and we both love Mexican food of all sorts. Our go-to place for a quick meal is Lolita’s Taco Shop, but I love to explore new places since San Diego is full of good Mexican food.

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The place is literally a shack, with a walk-up window for ordering and a few picnic tables for seating. I forgot to take a photo of the tables and stuff, so you just have to take my word for it. At least the seating area is covered. I also didn’t get a good picture of the menu, but there are tacos, burritos, carne asada fries… all the good stuff. And basically under $5 (combo meals were around $7).

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Carnitas Burrito Combo Meal

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Mar 292013
 

I’ve written about Lolita’s Taco Shop before and mentioned that it’s one of our favorite places in San Diego. Last time, I tried the enchiladas and enjoyed them, but most of the time S and I actually stick to the burritos. While many people rave about the California Burrito here, our tried-and-true favorite is the Carnitas Burrito – the pork is super flavorful, and the meat is tender and also has crispy brown bits.

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Carnitas Burrito ($4.75)

Carnitas Burrito ($4.75)

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Jun 302012
 

There are quite a few food trucks that stop by my workplace, but I haven’t had a chance to try many of them.  My labmates have actually tried most of them, and they always get so excited when Tabe BBQ truck is around that I had to go and check it out for myself.

But of course I forgot to grab my camera so all of these photos are taken with my phone.

Gorgeous day, delicious food!

The menu is not very descriptive – I didn’t know what the OMG or 7th Heaven Burritos or the Rainbow Salad contained.  But my labmate recommended to just go with the Cali Style Burrito.

The food actually arrived pretty quickly, compared to some of my other food truck experiences.  As I sort of expected, the burrito was huge.

Cali Style Burrito with Korean spicy pork, $7

You can’t tell from the photo, but it’s pretty ginormous.  I ate about half before I gave up to the feeling of being stuffed.

But really, size doesn’t matter nearly as much as taste.  And this was an awesome-tasting burrito.  The spicy pork isn’t the thinly-sliced bulgogi that you usually see at Korean restaurants; I’d call it more like…carnitas-with-bulgogi-seasoning.  Haha.  Along with the meat, there’s 5-spice fries, ponzu salsa fresca, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream – whew!  It was definitely flavor-packed.  I do think the pork and 5-spice were so strong that they overwhelmed everything else, since I didn’t even realize that the salsa fresca was seasoned with ponzu.

Cali Style Burrito with sauces

Three types of salsas/sauces are available: spicy mayo, salsa roja, and Sriracha.  Not that you needed any more flavor in the burrito, but you know, just in case you wanted some extra heat.

The bottom line?  If you see this truck, go!!  Flag it down, run like a maniac, do whatever it takes to get yourself one of these delicious fusion burritos!  (They also have a take-out location.)

Tabe BBQ
3690 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA.
(858) 279-0040

http://www.tabebbq.com/index.html

Jun 072012
 

I’ve had El Zarape bookmarked for a while, and one recent Saturday, SK and I drove out to University Heights to try it out. 

The restaurant is pretty small.  You walk in, order at the counter (menus are on the side wall and next to the cash register), and then find yourself a table.

The seating area felt a bit cramped since the soda fountain and salsa bar were squeezed in right next to a corner table.  But I didn’t mind too much.

I read on Yelp that their spiced carrots were not to be missed, so of course I had to grab some from the lime-and-spiced-carrots-bar:

To be honest, I couldn’t quite figure out what made them that special.  They tasted just like.. carrots cooked with some onions, bell peppers, and cilantro.  Not so mind-blowing.

Surf & Turf burrito (chips included), $5.99

The Surf & Turf burrito, on the other hand, was pretty special.  It had carne asada and shrimp, tomatoes, and a sour cream-y, tomato-y, chipotle-y sauce that paired quite well with both the seafood and beef.  Pretty delightful.  I guess I have been used to the carnitas/carne asada burritos served at Lolita’s/Roberto’s/Rigoberto’s, which have basically the same stuff: meat, guacamole, and salsa.  So it’s been a while since I’ve had a burrito that was something different, and I really enjoyed that.

Each meal is served with chips – although, sadly, they were not warm.  We tried all 3 salsas available:

Salsa bar: mild red, medium green, spicy red (how descriptive.. haha)

My favorites were the medium green and spicy red.  I believe the green had some sort of avocado-cilantro combination, and the spicy red had a nice roasted flavor.

The bottom line?  I loved the burrito and salsa here, and how it was very different from the other burrito shops that SK and I usually visit.  When I am in the area, I will definitely want to come back!

El Zarape
4642 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
(619) 692-1652

http://elzarape.menutoeat.com/

Hours
Mon 8am-11pm
Tue-Sun 8am-2am

Mar 212012
 

SK and I are always searching for good Mexican food.  Of course, our favorite remains Tacos el Gordo in Chula Vista, but it’s a far drive, and sometimes we just want a good, filling burrito.  His current favorite is Lolita’s Taco Shop on Clairemont Mesa Blvd, where the carnitas burritos are “soo gooooood” – I actually don’t think they’re that good, since I prefer juicier meat and I find the carnitas at Lolita’s on the dry side.  But that’s a matter of personal preference, and I’m not reviewing Lolita’s here…

We tried out Roberto’s Taco Shop on Miramar Rd. – actually, we had meant to go to Rigoberto’s down the road, so Roberto’s was a total accidental discovery.  We were actually pretty disappointed at first, but once our orders arrived, were pleasantly surprised.

Tortilla chips, $1.85

My favorite part of these tortilla chips is that they were warm.  Such a simple thing makes them so much better.  There were 3 types of salsa: spicy, mild, and verde.  I actually liked the mild one the best (shocking!) because it had the most complex – the spicy salsa had no flavor other than… well, spiciness.

Carne asada burrito, $4.50

(Yes, I took a bite of it before I took the photo.  Let’s just say that it was intentional…)

I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be delicious!  There was plenty of guacamole, which should be appealing to you guys (I’m personally not a huge fan, though it’s starting to grow on me).  The meat was actually pretty good, too.  I also tried a bite of SK’s carnitas burrito and can’t really decide which one I liked better – it was very juicy, but I also like the beefiness of the carne asada.

Anyway, I’m very glad that we happened upon Roberto’s.  I talked to my friend about it later and he said that this place can be hit-or-miss, but clearly we went on a “hit” night.  They are also open 24 hours, so I hope that next time I come (probably for a late-night snack), it’ll be as good as this visit!

Roberto’s Taco Shop
6780 Miramar Rd., San Diego, CA
(858) 530-0800

Hours
24 hrs/ daily