Valentine’s Mexican Food
Located walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter, Valentine’s clean and spacious dining room is ideal for late night (open till midnight weekdays, 2:30 a.m. on weekends), post-club munchies. Their juicy carne asada fries, California burrito, and substantial al pastor taco lend themselves well as nightcaps to the booze-filled belly. The seafood, especially shrimp, is exceptional, but steer away from veggie options, which lean toward the bland, with canned mushrooms, too-crisp produce, and heavy-handed lettuce portions. The spicy carrots are on the softer side, and, while not bad, the salsas are generic. However, most burritos go for around $5, foosball is 25 cents, and everything is made big.
— Chad Deal