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!
4642 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA