Now I have to admit something right off the bat, we've been to El Zarape 3 times since I've started this blog about 6 weeks ago. The first time I brought the camera, but forgot all about it when it was time to eat. The second time I didn't even bother to bring the camera, period! Well this time I made sure to bring the camera, and displaying extreme self-control, even managed to take some pictures.
This little hole in the wall, features fresh, flavorful Mexican food. In what must be one of the best bargains in San Diego, the Fish Taco's here are just 99 cents, yes, 99 cents.
The fish tacos are always fresh with a crisp batter, and moist in the interior. Though it usually comes with a white sauce, we order it without it, and use a good amount of the smoky hot sauce. It's a taste and texture delight that totally blows another "famous" San Diego's chains soggy, gloppy, fish tacos out of the water! Oh, and did I say, just 99 cents every day!
Today I ordered the Shrimp Chimichanga, basically a deep fried burrito. This was filled with a generous amount of large shrimp and topped with Sour Cream and Guacamole. Very crunchy, with shrimp that had been sauteed before being rolled in the tortilla, this is a favorite of mine.
My only, slight complaint with El Zarape, is that the Guacamole is a bit "over-processed" and tends to be runny and bland, but everything else is "spot on", and scratches all those little "gastric itches" (OK, let's call them cravings).
We also had a shrimp quesedilla($4.99), easy on the cheese:
Crunchy on the outside, with great tasting shrimp and fillings inside, topped off with some spicy hot sauce is the definition of what mmm-yoso!!! is all about. This was alot of food, but we managed to finish everything.
El Zarape boasts a huge menu with everything from soy burritos and vegetarian offerings to "don't tell my cardiologist" loaded carne asada fries. El Zarape is another one of those "places" with a regular spot on our rotation. I may not know much about Mexican Food, but I know what I like, and I like this place.
Parking can be an adventure, so I recommend going to the end of Park Blvd, finding a space and walking half a block. Service can be slow at peak times with a line forming out the door. So be like us and go early, and often!
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant
4642 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
Open Daily 10 am-10 pm