This is the elusive Mexican -sweet store by-week- "secret" Barbacoa restaurant that I have heard about when talking with friends in the local Mexican dining scene. I finally made it here today for an early lunch on this chilly morning after my initial recon pass back in January [if you remember the post].
Its not secret to the county of Health as you can see the Candyland Dulceria is listed here:
I can only describe the restaurant as akin to an open air garage on the back side of the Dulceria. Inside there are benches and tables. The restaurant is waited by a mother and daughter team -and both are super friendly.
To drink you have a daily agua fresca - horchata, sangria, sidral or sodas.
They have orders [which i think composes of a quarter kilo with rice beans and consomme)
and by the #lbs.
Tacos are available in Pansita or Maszica form and there quesadillas are huitlacoche, rajas or flor the calabaza and possibly requeson.
Cosommes come as sencillo, doble or grande.
I ordered: Consomme, 2 pancita tacos, maciza and a huitlacoche quesadilla.
Interestingly very spicy! I thought this may have masked quite a bit of lamb flavor - almost greaseless- garbanzos where nicely made from scratch (not canned), nice pieces of meat.
Straight up delicious, moist, rich lamb flavor - would come back for orders
Very Good!!!! This was my favorite of all - not quite strong of a pate, livery flavor, much lighter and milder -not a strong adobada paste content either - in a word balanced. They are doing these innards perfect justice!!!
Oye, Masa Assassin sauve blanditas hechas a mano y deliciosas!
They also offer tlacoyos on the menu - a First for San Diego with that fresh masa - filled with chich, papas, or frijoles etc
>> Huitlacoche Ques.<<
Much like the the pansita - the hand of the cook is deft - equal marriage of mild rich cheese and deep huitlacoche happyness. I liked that it was not overflowing.
The green is an exact replica of El Borregos - bright - pleasant acidic ness and a roasted tomato - arbol which was smokey. And a really well done coarse molcajete salsa.
They are indeed related to the El Borrego folks here - her aunt is the older lady overthere on El Cajon.
To me - what is very intriguing is they offer Cenaduria Friday and Saturday evenings from 4-9pm this is in charge of her mother and brother.
La Barbacoa: Authentica de Borrego
3502 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA