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Sunday, August 02, 2009
not taipei/san diego: i recommend El Cotixan
The California Burrito.
Diced potatoes hanging out harmoniously with carne asada, guacamole and salsa. Sounds like a weird combination, but ever since my sister introduced me to it, I was weirdly addicted. If you come to San Diego, you'll have to look for it, as well as the carne asada fries. Just sounds so wrong, yet so right, right?
I'm going to do something extremely mean to my loyal Taiwan readers, which is post pictures of So Cal Mexican food- which currently is not really existent in Taipei. So anyone thinking about starting up a business, take notes from these pictures and copy away.
Ingredients needed often missing in Taipei: guacamole (made with Haas avocados), lots of shredded cheese, corn tortillas, pico de gallo, a slice of lime and lots of perfectly seasoned carnitas (pork) and carne asada (steak).
After sampling a bit of everything, my favorites to order are the California Burrito and the rolled tacos which are fried and topped with heap of gucamole and cheese.
You can't really tell, but there's an enchilada also on the left side of the plate underneath all the shredded cheese. Next time I wouldn't get an enchilada here because it wasn't baked- more pan fried with sauce on top- so didn't have that soft melding of flavors that I like about an enchilada.
The soft tacos (about US$3) are regular sized (not mini sized) so you don't need to order as many. I also liked the steak over the pork, and the al pastor, or spicy pork was a bit too spicy for me.
Check out the huge menu the next time you're looking for a quick bite in San Diego- maybe on the way to Comic Con or Sea World- or some carne asada fries. They also have some shrimp specials handwritten on a sign on the wall if you're looking for seafood.
Can you tell I'm loading up on Mexican food before I return to Taipei in a few weeks?
4370 Genessee Ave
San Diego, CA 92117