You can always tell how close you are to authentic Mexican food when you check out the Salsa bar and the most importantly the Guacamole. When dining at Americanized Mexican food restaurants…they seem to have a love of sour cream. Huh? What is that about? If that Guacamole isn’t lumpy from fresh avocados, and it is creamy in any way….that’s a sign…you’re getting Americanized Mexican. They’ve added sour cream. There are “only” six ingredients that go into prime guacamole: avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, tomatoes, and salt. And, maybe…maybe a jalapeno or two. But that’s it. Well…we were off to a good start because the guacamole was “off the chain”.
My mother ordered the Chicken a L’Suya (2 corn tortillas filled with chicken in green mole sauce); I ordered the Guaca Tacos (3 corn tortillas tacos deep fried and filled with fresh avocado). They were both served up with refried beans and rice. We also decided to order up the De Bandera Moreno (5 rolled tacos with shredded beef) as an appetizer. This was a must try since I love me some rolled tacos.
As the food arrived I realized that I had made a mistake and accidentally had ordered the avocado stuffed tacos by mistake. Enter destiny. I decided to eat them anyway. Wow…what a pleasant surprise a mistake can make. They were delicious. In fact everything was delicious. I had to succumb and admit that Cesar Gonzalez had not embellished his product on TV. And, those rolled tacos were simply the best that I have ever had. Ever!
This was the first introduction to what became an 2 week love affair for the remainder of my stay in San Diego. I felt as if I was caught in a hot romance with a Latin lover that I just had to see every day… and I did. Seriously…I have the extra pounds to prove it.
When you visit Mama Testa you will enjoy authentic, traditional Mexican food.
If you’re ever in San Diego…get your butt up to Hillcrest and Put Some Mexican In You.
Mama Testa Taqueria,
1417a University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103