Here's a couple I haven't done in quite a while....I mean quite a while.
Mama's Bakery & Lebanese Deli:
Man, I did a post on Mama's waaaay, waaaay back in August 2005! That would be over seven years ago! I have been back quite a few times since, but really just never thought about doing another post. Of course, in recent years, places like Alforon have over-shadowed Mama's. I was trying to think of the last time I visited.....well, it was before the wall was painted red.
I also think the main thing I get at Mama's, the Garlic Chicken Wrap was still under six bucks....it's now $6.39, which in the current scheme of things is not out of line.
And though I find the wrap a little too thick and "bready" nowadays, when you get one that came fresh off the "sajj" hot with crisp bits, it's still quite good. I'm finding the chicken, premade, wrapped in foil, and kept in a warming drawer a bit dry and somewhat scarcer too. Still, I love the garlic paste and for some reason the tangy hot sauce, which seems more Mexican than anything else. The woman who puts these together has been there for it seems like forever and has always been nice to me.
In the end Mama's is still "good grub" to me. Plus, luck was my side on this day; I scored parking close by......
Mama's Bakery & Lebanese Deli
4237 Alabama St.
San Diego, CA 92104
El Borrego for Breakfast:
Here's another one that I last posted on back in May of 2006. I'd been going to El Borrego once in a while since then, usually for something simple like just consomme, tortillas, and coffee for breakfast......who wants a post and photos on that? But our recent revisit to Ranas had me craving Huitlacoche....and just for you CAB, I'll call it "corn smut" one more time. Anyway, El Borrego has Huitlacoche and even Flor de Calabaza quesadillas on the menu.
So I placed my order, two quesadillas ($2.50 each) and some Mexican Coffee...smooth, just lightly sugared, with hints of cinnamon. Nice way to start the day....
Eventually, my quesadillas made their way to my table.....with the black smudges of the huitlacoche strangely reminding of something, I'm not sure why.
The fillings were a bit less than Ranas, the huitlacoche here was not as well flavored, but still with that mushroom flavor with a mildly sweet finish. Even though the Flor de Calabaza (squash blossom) had less filling, it was less dry and had a bit more cheese and flavor than the version at Ranas.
Overall, a nice breakfast, just about everything on the menu is a la carte, so if you're not careful, things can add up pretty quickly. Still the nice woman working here, Rodnia, is friendly...oh and that salsa rojo is pretty spicy too.
El Borrego Restaurant
4280 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115