Miguel's Cocina first opened in 1982
Last Friday, April 29, my boyfriend and I were on a motorcycle rally ride. We broke off from the group to find a place to eat lunch then head back to our hotel. My boyfriend remembered a restaurant he wanted to eat at, in the Point Loma area, but could not find it.
I was exhausted and had seen a cute Mexican restaurant behind a liquor store in a small parking lot so we decided to go there. Boy, were we glad we did. Finding such an excellent place on a fluke, well, it was meant to be!
The first Miguel's Cocina was opened in 1982 by the Morton family. Miguel's Cocina is located at 2912 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, 92106. They are a sister restaurant to the Brigantine Restaurants (which I dislike).
I was also surprised to see Miguel's Cocina has locations in Carlsbad (5980 Avenida Encinas), Old Town (2444 San Diego Ave), Eastlake (970 Eastlake Pkwy), 4S Ranch (10514 Craftsman Way), and Coronado (1351 Orange Ave). They offer a weekend brunch on Saturday from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and Sunday from 10a.m. to 3p.m.
They also offer Happy Hour (in the lounge only) from Tues-Sun 2-6p.m. and Monday 2p.m. to closing (not available certain holidays). The restaurant is open Mon-Thurs from 11a.m. to 9p.m. and Fri-Sat 11a.m. to 9:30p.m. and Sun 10a.m. to 9p.m.
The restaurant was super cute outside and I loved the decor inside (I was unable to make it upstairs so did not get a peek at the decor there).
The menu has the standard Mexican dishes you would expect, but also many things I have never seen on a Mexican restaurant menu. Everything sounded so great it was difficult to decide what to order. They even have a selection of interesting fajitas with vegetarian options. They bring chips and salsa to the table but they also bring a white jalapeno sauce that the regulars call "white gold." It was delicious, smooth with just a hint of heat.
My boyfriend decided to go with their Surf and Turf burrito. It was huge! He said it was the best Surf and Turf he has ever eaten anywhere by far.
I wanted to try their Tres Amigo, which is three different tacos, but I wanted to substitute one of the tacos for another kind listed on their menu. They were very accommodating and made the switch with no fuss at all. Our server, Christine, was funny, sweet, and on the ball. Our glasses were always refilled and she made sure we were happy with everything we ate.
My taco trio consisted of a pork belly taco, an Ensenada style shrimp taco, and a taco al carbon (normally served with brisket taco which is the one I substituted). The pork belly taco was like nothing I have ever tasted. Just pleased my taste buds immensely with the first bite.
The shrimp taco was battered small shrimp, but plenty of them (and I declined the lime crema on it). It was amazing just plain.
The steak taco was the most wonderful bite. The steak was some of the best steak I have ever eaten, melt in your mouth meat, wrapped in a homemade tortilla. (You can tell their tortillas are homemade). I could not even make a dent in the rice, but what I tasted was okay, not great.
Their starters, salads, and other items sounded amazing, especially the ceviche, but it would have been way too much food so we will try it next time we go.
And we WILL be going again - Highly recommended.