Posted by Shawn | Category: Mexican | On 05-11-2012
This past week a good friend and coworker decided to pack up and leave San Diego for Detroit. I know, I know… who the hell would do that right? Whatever his reasons we decided to treat him to a lunch fit for a king and that meant only one place – Lucha Libre. At the intersection of India and Washington streets in Mission Hills, this place has been featured in Man vs. Food and various other media. It’s no secret to San Diego residents but fewer have ever been worthy enough to sit in the golden booth.
Complete with gold cups, a candelabra of salsa and a diamond-ish centerpiece, the glorious golden booth sits alone in all its glory (in the corner next to the soda machine). Reserved for champions only (or anyone who makes a reservation), the booth was a perfect way to send Kevin off in style.
Ok enough of that. On to the food. Lucha Libre makes a damn tasty burrito like their Surfin’ California. Filled with grilled steak, shrimp, french fries, pico de gallo, cheese and a chipotle sauce, this burrito featured by Adam on Man vs. Food is a winner. I personally go for the Classic California burrito because I like to stay away from shrimp in my Mexican food but anything on their menu is almost guaranteed to be good (and huge).
Other favorites here are the Tap Out Tacos and the Full Nelson Enchiladas. One huge plus to Lucha is their salsa bar in which I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. Next to the soda fountain (and Golden Booth!) is a bar of about 10 different salsas, each unique and completely different. Their mango salsa is amazing and a couple of their reds are good too but don’t miss out on their chipotle sauce. One meal for me usually means 5 salsas on 1 burrito (which sounds like the title of a food porno).
Check Lucha Libre out next time you’re in Mission Hills or just driving by on the 5 freeway since it’s right off Washington.
The Luchador pics in this place are great.
More pictures of masked wrestlers to entertain you.
Got to have some good beer to wash that California burrito down.
Posted by Shawn | Category: American, BBQ | On 04-09-2012
Can I start by saying I never think of clever titles so when this post’s title came to mind, I pumped my fist in the air (I know it’s not that clever but it is for me!). Ok now that I got that little self promotion out of the way, let’s talk about Carnitas Snack Shack – my favorite lunch spot in North Park at the moment. Located on the side of University it’s not hard to miss with the giant pig on the roof and the usual line of people on the sidewalk. Lunchtime gets busy here and seating is limited so be prepared to stand a bit. That said, the food is seriously worth it.
The menu offers plenty of pork from their Shack Pork Sandwich (featured at the top) with pork schnitzel, pulled pork, bacon and pepperoncini pickle relish to their Carnitas Tacos with marinated pulled pork, fresh tomatoes and guacamole. If you love pork, you will not be disappointed. If you do not like pork however, well… I hear Sipz is a nice vegetarian option down the street.
Prices are a bit higher for the portions but then again the quality here is so good that it makes up for it in my mind. See the menu above for an idea of what lunch will run you at Carnitas. The place is also pretty small with seating around back and a walk up window on the street. I think it’s part of the charm though that I’ve come to expect from a California taco stand or beachside burger joint.
Carnitas doesn’t serve beer or any alcohol at the moment but being in the beer capital of the US and so close to 30th St., they have already applied for their liquor permit and they should be serving local beer by June. Combine some craft brews with two of those dangerously good tacos and you’ll probably find me here any day of the week.
Chris ordering at the window on University in North Park.
A reminder that you’re eating pork.
Close-up of the marinated pulled pork in their tacos.. delicious.
Posted by Shawn | Category: Breakfast | On 03-28-2012
If you ever find yourself in downtown San Diego on a Sunday morning and it’s due to a great Saturday night (read “hangover”) then stumble your way into Cafe 21 for the best breakfast you can get down there. I won’t even mention the plethora of drinks available for brunch like their Irish coffee and Bloody Marys but instead take you straight to the pictures. These images don’t do the deliciousness of all of their food full justice. Trust me, you need to go.
French Toast with Golden Apples and Strawberry Sauce
Monique and Georgia at Cafe 21
Bloody Marys with Prosciutto and a lot of bite
Lamb Sausage and Goat Cheese Omelet with Bell Peppers
Apple Swiss sandwich with Turkey, Apples, Swiss and Cucumbers
The Menu at Cafe 21
Short Rib Omelet with Goat Cheese and Bell Peppers
This Saturday Stone will be hosting an annual homebrew competition and AHA rally where one local winner will get their beer brewed at Stone and distributed nationally. Pretty cool prize for a homebrewer looking to make it big. 40 contestants were chosen from those who submitted their beers and this Saturday you can go to vote on which beer you like best. You will also get a Stone tasting glass and prizes will be raffled.
Price: $33 , Location: Stone Wold Bistro and Gardens, When: Saturday, 1 pm