San Diego Taco Company’s mealsmiths conjure the authentic flavors of Southern California's Mexican cuisine and infuse them into savory dishes that beckon hungry stomachs from a mouthwatering menu of Baja-style eats. A horde of burritos, such as the hearty shrimp ($7.99), or the marinated pollo adobado ($6.49), model fashionably delicious tortillas with savory grace and style. Flavor-packed chicken, beef, pork, veggie, or seafood tacos ($2.59–$4.99) can be delivered to mouths via soft or crispy tortillas or miniature catapult. Tortas, such as the al pastor ($6.59), trap sandwich parts safely between slices of bread, and salads, such as the pepita caesar with carne asada ($7.49) unite rival factions of meat and greens in peaceful mealtime bliss
Renee Keopadapsy took over This One's 4 You Salon Boutique in 2011 and expanded it into the larger, full-service salon it is today. As a working mother of five boys, Renee wanted to empower fellow moms and working professionals to take a break and indulge in beauty treatments. Along with stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists, Renee provides classic salon and spa treatments. Thanks to a 650-square-foot expansion, the space also houses beauty and boutique products as well as a tanning room with a high-performance bed that can darken skin tone to virtually any bread color.
Seven flickering flat-screen televisions beam down from the warm orange walls of Boulevard Grill, where tabletops prop up plates of steak and seafood. Sunlight pours in from high windows, illuminating bartenders as they dole out pints of nine different draft beers and goblets of wine and spirits. Beyond the main dining room, the bar branches out into five separate event rooms—including a 3,250-square-foot ballroom and a pre-function lobby—where guests can host private parties or complex games of hide-and-seek. The bar also hosts a weekly car-show event on Thursdays during the summer that encourages visitors to bring in their classic and unique automobiles for other patrons to admire.
The culinarians at Daniels Mexican Restaurant draw inspiration from America’s southern neighbor to create a menu loaded with authentic Mexican fare such as burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Amid the colorful dining room, outfitted with strands of chili-pepper lights and hand-painted murals, guests begin synchronized digestion with classics such as chicken in mole sauce, charcoal-grilled skirt steak, pico-drizzled tilapia, and Mexican beers and margaritas. On Friday and Saturday nights, open karaoke fills the vibrant dining room with the sounds of heartfelt ballads and upbeat dance numbers; it also fills patrons with a sense of pride for finally being able to remember all the lyrics to Beethoven's Symphony no. 7.
Sol Picante espouses itself as a family establishment since its expansive menu of fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas urges communal feasting. The familial tradition continues with the eatery’s recipes, which have passed through multiple generations to inform ample combination platters, seafood dishes dotted with prawns, and hefty burritos filled with chorizo, cheese, and guacamole. To finish things off, the wait staff mixes white russians, shirley temples, and tequila-spiked coffee, just like Grandma used to make.
Ranchito Grill fills each burrito, quesadilla, and taco on its menu with authentic, homemade Mexican flavors. Each flour and corn tortilla is handmade by Ranchito Grill's grain gurus, and each table receives an order of Ranchito beans full of smoky bacon flavor and as free as a bird out on parole. South-of-the-border lunch dishes include the chorizo con huevos, traditional spiced mexican sausage scrambled with eggs, tomatoes, and green onions and served with beans and tortillas ($6.95). Adventurous diners delve into the burrito relleno, a poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, battered and fried, and rolled into a flour tortilla with rice and beans ($7.95), and up the ante by asking for Ranchito's fire sauce, a devilishly spicy condiment only served on request.