I consider La Palapa Nayarit to be in Imperial Beach though I know it’s called “Nestor”. I’ve just always associated that whole area with Imperial Beach! My childhood friend, Sarah, moved around a lot but they seemed to always end up living in Imperial Beach and I spent a lot of time in this area. Once we got off the freeway that seemed close enough to Imperial Beach for me. Hah!
La Palapa Nayarit is a place we visited during the South Bay Food Crawl and Jake had been hankering to go back for the sopes. We made a little revisit to the restaurant one afternoon since we were heading down to the outlet mall in San Ysidro.
[birria de res / $7.95]
We checked out the birria de res this time around, inspired again by the South Bay Food Crawl.
It was served with a side of fixings (onion, cilantro and lime) and the birria was nice and hot. It was nicely simmered and flavorful though not quite as good as the birria from Fernandez Restaurant. It didn’t have a ton of beef in it but the broth was still flavorful. But it did fall a bit short in comparison to Fernandez. The meat was tender but there wasn’t enough of it.
The tortillas also weren’t as good as the ones from Fernandez, but hey, they were good enough. We managed to make about 6 tacos or so with the tortillas and beef from the broth.
[sopes with beef combo / $5.95]
The sopes combo is a great deal at just under $6 – you also get a drink included with this meal. The sopes were a little softer this time around so they were slightly easier to cut and bite into. The beef on top is a shredded beef that’s quite saucy/wet but the sopes are sturdy enough that they don’t get really soggy. I actually kind of like the beans here, but only if you give me a biteful with cheese on them (cheese is what makes beans taste better, in my opinion).
[side of guacamole / $1]
I also ordered a side of guacamole for my tacos (and just to eat with their complimentary chips since I don’t care for their salsa). The guacamole was actually really incredibly delicious and it only cost me $1! When was the last time you got a little side of guacamole for $1?! Obviously I was excited and ate like half of the tiny dish of guacamole before I remembered to take a photo…
The guacamole tasted like they made it fresh and they actually put extra stuff in it – tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. I’ve noticed a lot of places these days don’t add of that “extra” stuff – probably because there are lots of people who don’t like the cilantro, or the the onion… or the tomato. I was quite happy to see the extra additions actually in the guacamole which made it very flavorful. It was creamy and well seasoned and I’d actually come back just to get more of their guacamole, I liked it so darn much.
Lunch for three people under $20 makes me a happy girl.
La Palapa Nayarit
1873 Palm Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154