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As an expression of gratitude for a wild upbringing, every Friday morning my partner Heather takes her childhood Nana to get her hair done, followed by a weekly brunch. This usually takes place at Frutas in Chula Vista, where I am a sucker for the Salmon Tortas.

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We usually split this avocado-filled, Mexican-style, fish sandwich in half. I have to take the jalapeños out of my side, though, since I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy food. I have to say, the texture of the torta bread and salmon are in perfect harmony with the flavor of fresh avocados, onion, tomato, and mayo — it's a synesthesia between the senses of taste and touch. And the $6.25 price is more than fair, based on the size of this thing.

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So Frutas has been in business for ten years and has recently opened a new location in National City based on its success. They specialize in fresh fruit juices and smoothies, with soy and lactose-free options. It's kind of a unique regional-hybrid with a menu offering traditional Mexican liquados, mixed with a bit of Jamba Juice aesthetics, and a focus on healthy eats. They even have a drink called Raise the Dead, which consists of oranges, carrots, beets, celery, lemon, and salt — where the theme seems to be Dia de los Muertos and hangovers.

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There are no burritos or tacos — instead, we're talking salads, sandwiches, and tortas. Whereas many taquerias don't offer fish or veggie tortas (on their menus, at least), Frutas has a choice between tuna, crab, veggie, or salmon tortas, in addition to the meat options.

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Surprisingly, Nana, who is hard to please in her 70s, loves Frutas!

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Frutas

616 Broadway Chula Vista, CA 91910

Open Monday - Saturday 7AM to 9PM, Sunday 7AM to 8PM

Parking in front

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