San Diego is famous for the delicious Mexican food served every day in our various taco shops and cantinas. It's for good reason; after all, we have seriously good tacos and burritos! That being said, many of the taco shops in San Diego are a mixture of American flavors and Mexican tastes, sometimes with some flavors of Asian (ban mi tacos, anyone?) and even a small nod to the Great White North (carne asada fries totally remind me of poutine).
Pipirins is a truly authentic Guadalajaran asado restaurant, with freshly made tortillas (to order), and fresh meats, grilled to a savory perfection. The menu is quite simple, with nearly every item being made to order with great care.
The restaurant began, as many things do in San Diego, with a vacation to San Diego. Jerry, the owner, was visiting from Guadalajara, and missed the foods of his home. Inspiration and ingenuity followed, and a few years later, Pipirins was born. Pipirins is based on a classic Guadalajaran asado restaurant, complete with the decor and feel of Southern Mexico.
A traditional-recipe horchata washed everything down. The horchata is made fresh every morning; I highly recommend you go for a cup when you visit!
|Creating the DelGado!|
The main attraction at this restaurant, is of course, the grilled asado dishes. Choose from chicken, steak, chorizo, or vegetarian, it's really tough to go wrong.
The chicken skewer is shown to the right, and was my personal favorite of the lot. I just loved how flavorful the grill made the chicken, and the flavor of the peppers on the skewer. These were not green bell peppers, but a pepper grown in Mexico that is very flavorful.
The vegetable skewer was a nice, light way to enjoy the flavor of the grill without all of the meat. The grill seasoning flavored the mushrooms, Mexican squash, tomatoes, and peppers quite well.
Combining the ingredients worked out for some delicous tacos!
Another great item to order is the queso fundido, which is basically grilled cheese! It's kind of like a Mexican fondue, and a great topping for the tacos, or to just eat with the tortillas!
With very full bellies, we still somehow had room for dessert!
The other option is the chocolate cake with a vanilla frosting. The cake is a light chocolate, despite the dense appearance.
Pipirins is open every day but Sunday for lunch and dinner, with late nights (2 am) on Friday and Saturday night. I strongly advise you to check out this unique experience in the Gaslamp!