May, 2014

taco bus / tampa, fl
May 6th, 2014 Florida, Mary, Road Trips Mary Desjean 6 Comments

Our flight landed in Tampa at about 10:30PM. Jake and I were still on West Coast time so we were still pretty awake despite the long plane ride across the country. Chris, our friend and host extraordinaire for the week, took us to the first pit spot of the entire trip. He took us native San Diegans to a Mexican restaurant! Chris said this was probably the best Mexican place in town and it’s a little different from anything we …

romesco mexiterranean bistro / bonita, ca
February 13th, 2014 Bonita, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

My original interest in Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro was that I had seen them on Eater 38 San Diego list. And then I saw a coupon deal for them on LivingSocial (or something similar) which I bought and Jake, S. and I went for dinner one evening in late December. I didn’t have my regular camera with me at the time, only my iPhone!
First Visit

[albondigas al chipotle - beef meat balls in a mild bacon chipotle cream sauce / $4.95]
Jake and …

el indio mexican restaurant / mission hills – san diego, ca
December 16th, 2013 Cheap Eats, Mary, Mission Hills, San Diego County Mary Desjean 7 Comments

Jake and I had been thinking about/trying to go to El Indio for awhile before we finally made it in last month. We’ve been driven off by either no parking or frightened of the long line we saw inside but once we finally made it in, we got the scoop on the place and I think we could manage to make it in more often when the urge strikes.

They have indoor and outdoor seating and we opted to sit inside …

[revisit] manny’s tj tacos
November 13th, 2013 Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

Manny’s “TJ” Taco’s used have a cart/business down in Normal Heights back in the day. Jake and I discovered it and took our friend, Chris, there on his first visit out here. The next year Manny’s was kicked out of their spot and moved to a full-time catering business. Occasionally, Manny’s “TJ” Taco’s will do public events around town to sell tacos and we had not seen him out and about in quite awhile. But recently, by the luck of the …

birthday goodies! [free birthday stuff, part one]
October 28th, 2013 Mary, Multiple Locations, San Diego County Mary Desjean 4 Comments

I’m going to do the free birthday stuff over a few posts this time to break it all instead of hitting you with it all at once. Cool? Cool.
Today’s focus will be on the “fast food/take out” version of the freebies.

[salsa verde shrimp tacos combo / $7.99]
Rubio’s is one of the birthday meals that I have done consistently over the last few years. Not much has changed in the terms of what you get, which is a free meal worth …

top 5 san diego tacos + $25 giveaway to rubio’s
October 4th, 2013 Cheap Eats, Mary, San Diego County Mary Desjean 44 Comments

Did you know that today is National Taco Day? Yeah, I didn’t either. I feel like taco day should be in another month, a Spring like month. I don’t know why though. Pretty much any day is a good day for tacos. I’m here with two things for you! 1) A list of 5 tacos (my top 5) and 2) a gift card giveaway for $25 to Rubio’s so you can get your taco on.
Let’s begin!

[avocado corn fish taco from …

islands restaurants, pineapple infused margaritas, $100 gift cards and you
September 30th, 2013 Mary, Mira Mesa, Multiple Locations, San Diego County Mary Desjean 60 Comments

I’m here with another peek at a few new items over at Islands Restaurants plus a sweet, sweet giveaway for you – a $100 gift card to Islands! See the end of this post for more information about the Islands Restaurants sponsored giveaway!
Jake, T and I visited Islands Restaurants recently to check out a few of their newer items. We headed over to the Mira Mesa location in my ‘hood. I noticed immediately that they had remodeled a little bit, …

[road trip] el torito nick taqueria / anaheim – orange county, ca
September 27th, 2013 Cheap Eats, Mary, Orange County, Santa Ana Mary Desjean 0 Comments

For our last venture out before heading back to San Diego, we tried to go to a place I scouted out called Taqueria 2 Guys. Sadly, they were closed for some reason though their website said they should be open. I guess they were closed for the Labor Day holiday… even though it wasn’t actually Labor Day yet? We decided to instead go to a place we passed by on the way in.

On the outside, it says this place is …

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