San Diego: Vallarta Express

Apparently, San Diego is the place to go for carne asada fries.  I was always pretty pleased with the fries I could get up north, but according to my SoCal friends, it's not even comparable to what you can get down south. 

After a failed attempt to find some tide pools for our Midwestern gal CK in La Jolla, we consoled ourselves with a pre-dinner snack at Vallarta Express:

The interior was taken almost entirely up by the counter and kitchen:

There were a handful of tiny tables inside, but why eat there when you can bask in the Southern California sun?

We were specifically instructed to order the Christian fries ($10.85), which are not officially on the menu:

I don't know why they are called Christian fries, but I suspect it might have something to do with being prepared to meet your Maker after plowing through this beast.  Just look it at!  Even with three of us we had difficultly finishing it.

The thin fries were just loaded with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, carne asada, BACON, and TWO EGGS.  It's insane how much was packed into that one box.  For about 11 bucks, you can feed a family (or maybe just one teenage boy).

I admit defeat.  NorCal just can't compete with San Diego when it comes to carne asada fries.

We originally planned on getting dinner at Yakitori Taisho afterwards, but we wimped out.  First of all, we were stuffed from the fries. (Despite waiting over half an hour in the parking lot for Taisho to open.) 

Even more intimidating was the sign outside Taisho politely reminding guests that it is a bar and requesting non-drinking parties to head over to their sister restaurant Hinotez instead.  We seriously contemplated doing so, but after perusing Hinotez's menu online and not finding grilled chicken vein (what we most wanted to try at Taisho), we decided to just call it a day and head back to Irvine.

Vallarta Express
4277 Genesee Ave
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 569-6945


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