First, be forewarned. This cavernous, Mexican fiesta-themed, multi-room restaurant is not your best choice for romance or conversation. But it is the place to go if you want to hear excellent mariachis amid a whirlwind of papeles picado (hanging paper cutouts), sombreros, piñatas and waitresses in ruffled, embroidered dresses. Bountiful servings of decent Mexican standards come on painted pottery plates, the most popular margaritas are birdbath sized (you can go smaller) and large tables of happy diners celebrating birthdays and such are common. All that said, the menu has some excellent dishes, including the carnitas (marinated pork), cochinita pibil (pork Yucatan-style) and shrimp with a spicy chipotle salsa. It’s a great choice for kids and upbeat celebrations.
San Diego› Restaurant
4105 Taylor St (at Juan St), Old Town
Our Rating Neighborhood Old Town & Mission Valley Hours Mon–Thurs 11am–10pm; Fri-Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 8am–10pm Phone 619/295-5111 Prices Main courses $10-19 Cuisine Type Mexican Web site Casa Guadalajara
Map4105 Taylor St San Diego
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