In honor of San Diego Restaurant Week which starts this week, I'll be sharing my experience at 3 different restaurants in San Diego. First up is Cafe Coyote. I was invited to dine at Cafe Coyote, a long time Mexican restaurant located in Old Town San Diego. Old Town is a wonderfully charming and historic area of San Diego that has a plethora of restaurants and shops. If you are planning a trip to San Diego soon, make sure to put Old Town on your list.
Cafe Coyote has been voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" in San Diego for several years running and is an editor's pick from sandiego.com. I could see why! We arrived last Sunday to a bustling crowd enjoying the post-Chargers-game festivities. There was a line out the door, so I was so glad to have made reservations. Having previously tasted their famous homemade tortillas, I was excited to bring my husband for dinner. The building has an old world Mexican hacienda charm with lots of little rooms and breezy outdoor patio. We were seated in the outdoor patio area. As we dined, we were also occasionally greeted by roving Mariachi guitarists and a gentleman carrying gorgeous red roses.
What We Ate
We started with the Cocktail de Cocktail de Camaron which is shrimp diced with celery, tomato, onions, cilantro and jalapeños. So good! It's served with tortilla chips and was so refreshing and full of flavor. This was my favorite thing we tasted.
I had the Margarita Shrimp Tacos and my husband had the Carnitas Plate with fresh homemade tortillas, which is one of the Coyote Favorites choices. He said the tortillas were out of this world and the carnitas was good too. I wished I had saved more room for my tacos. They were delicious and had a mild flavor. However, I was so full from the appetizer that I barely ate any.
We were also treated to some delicious Fried Ice Cream drizzled with honey and served with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. Of course, somehow I managed to have room for dessert. ;-)
If you love traditional Mexican food, you will love Cafe Coyote.
Good To Know:
You can take their famous handmade tortillas to go! Cafe Coyote's famous homemade and handmade tortillas are served warm with butter or salsa and available for walk up purchase. If you want to sample this deliciousness as you walk around Old Town, I would highly recommend this option!
Cafe Coyote is offering a specially priced menu for San Diego Restaurant Week (September 21-26, 2014). It's $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner. Dinner includes your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Both the Famous Carnitas Plate and Luis' Fried Ice Cream are choices on the SD Restaurant Week menu.
Parking was definitely an issue. Free street parking is available, but plan to park a few blocks away from your location. I highly recommend bringing a few extra dollars for a flat rate parking lot located nearby.
2461 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA
619-291-0715 for reservations
Disclosure: I was invited by Cafe Coyote to enjoy a complimentary dinner in exchange for sharing my experience with you. My opinions are my own.