Awhile ago, Jason and I were sitting around discussing whatever when he suddenly got very serious. "There's something I've been meaning to tell you," he said, "And I haven't known how."
So, naturally, I started freaking out. Ohhhhh no. Here it comes. Something terrible is about to go down in our relationship. So then he lays it down...
"I'd really like to have Mexican food more often."
Big sigh of relief. YES OF COURSE WE CAN EAT MEXICAN FOOD MORE OFTEN. Jesus Christo. So, we have been opting for Mexican food more often because this is obviously a matter Jason takes very seriously.
We used to go to El Camino quite frequently when it was located in South Park (in the spot that became Juan Chou and is now being turned into another Asian place) but had not been to the location in Little Italy yet. So, to make good on our very important new vow to eat Mexican food more often, we went in for dinner early on a Friday evening.
First things first, the decor is awesome. It's festooned with all kinds of Mexi-kitsch: neon Our Lady of Guadalupes, lucha libre masks, prayer candles everywhere, oilcloth banquettes, and streamers galore. The tv behind the bar plays some sort of hallucinatory mix of b-movies and The Smurfs.
So, A++ decorations. I love me some kitsch.
It was happy hour, so Jason opted for their $3 House Margarita. I wanted to try something fancier, so I asked the waitress for a margarita recommendation (there is a long list of different kinds). She recommended the Strawberry Margarita, so I opted for that.
The Strawberry Margarita was made with strawberries muddled in instead of syrup, which I can really appreciate. However, it was a bit difficult to drink through a straw with all the detritus floating around. Good overall. Jason enjoyed his house margarita, especially with the cayenne rim. He drank 2 and it still didn't cost as much as one Strawberry. He is smart, and I ordered a House for my second round.
They brought out the chips and salsa at the same time. The chips were hot and fresh and were accompanied by peppers and 3 kinds of salsa: creamy cilantro, creamy chipotle, and spicy. The spicy one reminded me a lot of Cholula. All 3 were very good, especially the creamy chipotle.
Then it was time to get down to business and have dinner. I opted for the...
Sweet Potato Flautas
The flautas themselves, small and stubby as they may be, were quite good. They were hot and fresh and the sweetness of the potatoes was a nice compliment to the savory sauce. WTF is going on with that lettuce though? It took up half the plate and it's just giant pieces of undressed romaine lettuce. There's pico de gallo salsa next to it... are you supposed to just eat salsa and lettuce? Because it was waaaaay too big to just be garnish.
Jason opted for the...
Tacos al Pastor
His opinion was that they were good, but not as good as the ones he has regularly at Mama Testa. However, he was just happy to be having Mexican food.
Verdict: come here to drink and eat chips in an awesome setting. To eat dinner, meh.
El Camino Super Cocina Mexicana
2400 India Street
San Diego , CA 92101