I’ve been wanting to check out The Headquarters at Seaport District, a newly-opened plaza with boutique shops and restaurants. There were several restaurants that I wanted to try, including Pizzeria Mozza and Gelato Paradiso, but the one I was really curious about was Puesto. S and I really love the street-style tacos at the La Jolla location, and when I browsed the menu of the HQ location, there seemed to be a more extensive menu, and I wanted to try out the new offerings.
The place had a much different vibe than the La Jolla shop – the atmosphere was much more like a tavern/bar rather than a casual eatery. There’s seating in the patio and upstairs, while the downstairs is a bar area and communal tables. Instead of going through the assembly line to order your food and toppings, there is a waitstaff who will take your order. Like the LJ shop, though, you can still see pretty much everything that goes on in the kitchen:
(I didn’t really get good photos of around the restaurant because it was too dark.)
S and I had a reservation, but because of Friday night traffic, we got there about five minutes late. At first they told us that they had already given away our table; then, they changed their mind and said that because we had an online reservation, we could only get an outdoor table. I was slightly annoyed that they had changed what they’d said, and we didn’t want to sit at an outside table. Luckily, there was space at one of the communal tables on the first floor, and we chose to sit there instead.
To my surprise, there was complimentary chips and salsa. The chips were nice and warm, and the salsa was mild in spiciness, but quite flavorful.
Looking over their menu, there are a variety of appetizers, salads, tacos, and entrées. We decided to try one new item, and one item that we knew was tried-and-true (at least, at their LJ location).