Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
El Indio Mexican Restaurant
Whether you choose to eat inside or outside under the umbrellas or order take out, El Indio's Mexican food in Mission Hills is satisfying. One of the oldest Mexican restaurants in San Diego, El Indio is family owned and operated since 1940.
The food choices are many, from breakfast burritos served all day ($4.23 --$6.39), to quesadillas ($3.05--$7.78) to combination plates of tacos, enchiladas, refried beans, rice, salsa and chips ($8.99) to a two taco plate ($8.15).
The taquito is their most popular item on the menu. It is a rolled corn tortilla filled with beef, chicken or potato that has been fried. It can be served with salsa and lettuce, cheese, guacamole or both cheese and guacamole. It was popularized by El Indio's founder Ralph Pesqueira Sr. in 1940.
In the mornings El Indio's tortilla maker pushes out hundreds of corn tortillas. And El Indio offers a 10% discount for seniors over 65, military and students and has a large catering business . Free parking in their lot.
There is a deli case for take out, including enchiladas and tamales.
El Indio 3695 India Street San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 299-0333 www.el-indio.com