Uuuh… fries!

Sunday, December 08, 2019

For a couple of days I’ve been trying to write my next post, but honestly, I’ve been having a hard time, I was not loving what I was writing. The only thing that came easily to my mind was food because I really enjoyed my last post which was supposed to be the start of a series of writing challenges, and I didn’t want to be a foodie and write exclusively about, well, food. But after thinking for a while I came to realize, why not? If that’s how words easily come to me, why deny me that? After all, what I want is to write, so I’m taking that road, but with my twist.

I don’t want to be the typical foodie searching and recommending for local dishes and just the best of the best, instead, I want to share what food got in front of me and the story and how behind it, because every dish has a story, and I think that’s interesting.

For example today, I had some asada fries! If you follow me on Twitter or read my last post, you know that I love fries. Actually potatoes in general; if I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life it would be potatoes because they’re delicious and versatile. But the presentation I like the most are french fries (yeah, I know they’re actually not french), so it’s an understatement to say I like asada fries.

Recently on my twitter I pledged to find the best fries in San Diego, and luckily I almost instantly received a recommendation, and that is always great and welcomed because it makes it easy to start.

Saturday was the chosen day to go search for this place, and again I was in luck because there was a location near to where I fly my drone. So after finishing the flight and packing everything up, it was time to eat.
Side note: yeah, I fly a drone, a Mavic 2 Pro, usually on weekends. You can check some of my pics on my Instagram, and if you’re in San Diego/Chula Vista you can join me.

The restaurant

This place is called “Lolita’s Mexican Food” and it has 7 locations in San Diego, which makes the chances to find one near you go up.

First of all, let me tell you, the fact that a restaurant has “Mexican food” in its name, does not mean it is actually Mexican food, and I’m sorry but I have to be clear up front, this ain’t real Mexican food. That being said, it doesn’t mean it’s bad.

I went to the Eastlake location, which seems to be the newest, and it looks like any fast food “Mexican” restaurant in the US. Once you open the door you get in line to order, you get a number if you’re eating in or there’s a waiting place if it’s a take-out. There are salsas stations and soda and water machines for you to self-serve. And of course, you choose where to sit.

The menu offers all-day breakfasts, burritos (I heard the California burrito is a must-try), tacos, fries and chips, chimichangas, tortas, quesadillas, enchiladas, and tostadas.

The chosen dish

Well, more than chosen, the recommended dish! Asada fries paired with an agua de horchata! There are no surprises with how it is prepared: fries, carne asada, cheese, and sour cream. It also comes with guacamole, but since I don’t like avocado that was out of the equation.

The verdict

Honestly, I have mixed feelings. The fries were just ok because I didn’t feel they were fresh, and felt somewhat crispy; not bad, but not on point. But the carne asada was really good. It was tasty, juicy, and vast. Probably it was the batch, the day, the cooker…, but I think it can be better because as I said, this place was recommended, and not by 1 but by at least 3 people in less than a month, so I see myself giving it another chance sometime soon.

7.5 out of 10.

My search is not over, in fact, it is just starting. I have to find the best fries in San Diego! 
But don't worry, I won't write exclusively about fries. I don't know what my next post will be about, but I have some ideas and I think it's gonna be delicious. 

And btw, the recommendation came from my friend Cinthia, and you can follow her here.

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