Yes, I love this street in National City.
My theory for finding new traditional Mexican establishments to frequent has been to locate a Ritmo Latino and survey the surrounding area. More often than not I find gems by sticking to this Law de Alex. Pero, Highland Ave. does not have a Ritmo Latino - but it is instead anchored by Tacos El Gordo - whose reputation is known afar. So I figured that it might be worthwhile to explore the surrounding area which supports this famous taqueria. I also vaguely recalled an old Cinco de Mayo article which quoted the N-C mayor about the great Mexican businesess to be found on Highland in NC.
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The special discovery is a bonafide 'Menuderia.' Yep, thats right - a Menudo specialist restaurante right here in San Diego. I have only heard of these existing south of the Border, along the lines of a Pozoleria or Birriera. I have never seen one in my travels in LA,SF or Chicago's Mexican districts.
Its called 'Menuderia Don Vicente' and I couldn't be more excited at this discovery considering the rarity. The Menudo comes in two varieties:
- The Rare WHITE!
- Common RED
Don't worry if you are not (understandably) turned on by the word Menudo - for there are other goodies to be had on the bare bones Menu.
- Pozole Verde - famous dish of Guerrero with its fresh herb, pumpkin seed, and tomatillo base (Chicken and Pork)
- Beef Birria
- Costillitas - Pork ribs in red sauce
- Corn Quesadillas
Yes, that is all unless you need a kids meal too. :) As I am currently maladied with a voice changing cold - I am going try to make it over tommorow morning and get some soup. Will report Back :)
I hope this place turns out to be as revelatory as Mariscos German!