One of our fun, funky spots that we like to visit somewhat regularly is El Camino, located in Little Italy. Inside, the atmosphere is quite unique with almost a Santa Muerte theme. It’s dark, trendy, has awesome decorations, and offers some great food and beverages.
Almost immediately upon arrival, your table is provided with some of El Camino’s warm tortilla chips and their signature “stop light” of salsa. All three are fantastic and it’s always hard to choose a favorite. The red and green salsas are relatively traditional Mexican salsas, but the yellow is something I see at few other places. It’s a creamy perhaps chipotle mayo salsa that is out of this world. We highly recommend mixing and matching all of them, as evidenced by our picture.
For the main course, we got the Shrimp Veracruz and the Carne Asada Quesadilla. The shrimp veracruz comes with mexican saltine crackers, fried thick tortillas, lime and diced up jalapenos. Its a goblet full of cocktail sauce/salsa with whole shrimp, avocado slices, diced cucumbers, tomatoes and onion. It was a little overly sweet and we wish it had been a little more salty or tangy. We added in all the jalapenos and it still wasnt spicy at all since the jalapenos don’t really have time to mix with the sauce. There were a good number of shrimp and overall it was refreshing and the avocado was a nice touch but as whole the sweetness made it a tad ketchup-y.
The carne asada quesadilla however, was everything you would wantt: tender, juicy chunks of steak surrounded by piping hot cheeses and garnished with sides of guacamole, sour cream, and salsa fresca. Dip it in the stop light of salsa and you’re in business. Not only is the quality excellent, but so is the quantity. Three quarters of it was enough for a dinner meal, while the rest was saved for a delicious snack.
Shrimp Veracruz $14
Carne Asada Quesadilla $12
TOTAL: $28 (w/tax)
All in all, make sure to pencil in a stop at El Camino next time you’re in Little Italy.
2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101