Walked around downtown Chula Vista today - to check out the Mexican scene here.
There are 2 noteworthy panaderias;
- La Concha
- Chico Bakery
Both just around the corner from each other near the intersection of E and 3rd. Both have Rosca de Reyes. Though Chico has them in S, M, & L sizes and some intersesting pan dulce variations I have not seen before.
La Concha is bigger and seems to be the choice for the non - sweet breads, telera, baguette boillo etc though I was impressed by their selection of empanadas. Their huge RdR is 15 dollars.
I went to a really great Mexican Torta/ Juice Restaurant/cafe across from Chico on 3rd to get a Nopal cactus and pineapple juice. The owner Jerry was really wonderful - he is trying to get some local artists to display their work in his restaurant. He's already got a few fantastic paintings - one even made by his son. The cook is from Guerrero and is really great at what she makes - I may be able to convince her to make some Guerrean specialties such as the nonexistant pozole verde.
The menu is impressive already though - some great varieties of tortas that are pretty unique such as a vegetarian cheese stuffed pasilla torta, torta ahogadas, a cochinita pibil among many others. Also available are Cafe de la Olla, champurrado, aguas frescas, aztec hot chocolate and 4+ tamal variations. Weekends there is pozole and menudo. My Nopal and pina "return to life" drink was delicious.
This place is worth checking out. Tommorow night there is going to be a quincenara with a banda band.