San Diego, home of the taqueria on every street corner! Everywhere you turn there's a taco joint: Robertos, Albertos, Sergio, Super Bronco ETCETCETCETC! But the San Diego institute known around world is El Indio. El Indio has been politically incorrect with their sign since 1940. (hehe). Located on India street in the heart of San Diego, El Indio is essentially the grand daddy of San Diego taquerias. You can tell that's its old since a good chunk of its clientle remember when it opened. Now the problem with this is that its become less of a great place to eat, but more of a family institution. You've grown up eating it so you don't bother going somewhere else. El Indio is a safe place for the middle to upper middle class home owning folk to get some mexican food and pretend they are slumming it. Grandparents are bringing their children who in turn are bringing their children. The majority of the crowd here is not the crowd you typically see in your Roberto's joint.
And when I say crowd.. Wowsers. This place has its own dedicated parking lot because just so many people come here. The line at any given time that we were there was 15-20 deep. FIFTEEN TO TWENTY DEEP. When we started to wait in line I was hoping that the food would bless me with winning lottery numbers cause I can't figure any other reason why so many people would come here.
IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE WORST MEXICAN RESTAURANT I HAVE BEEN TO IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
This is NOT an exaggeration. The burrito at my HORRIBLY CRAPPY school cafeteria is better than this. I don't use such bold proclamations without being 100% certain, and without a doubt this is the most over-hyped, worst tasting Mexican restaurant in San Diego.
Allow me to show you why. Please join me on a magical photo tour.
#1. The size of the burrito.
The burritos here are extraordinarily small. Any other taqueria in San Diego would have a burrito that is easily 2x the size. Of course the real culprit is what's inside the burrito
#2. The horribly inadequate filling in the burrito
This is one of their "special" burritos. It's called the "San Diego Burrito", filled with grilled chicken breast, sour cream, cheese, and avocado it'll fill anyone's appetite!
I opened it up and took a picture for you to see JUST HOW CRAPPY the inside of the burrito is. The kicker? After tax this burrito was $6.
SIX FREAKING DOLLARS. I HAVE NEVER HAD A 6 DOLLAR BURRITO IN A PLACE I DIDN'T HAVE TO TIP A WAITRESS.
I would have paid $3 tops for this burrito.
Now you're probably thinking I got something special. But nope. California burrito? same price... every other burrito is high $4 to low $5 pre tax. That's just atrocious.
Btw, chicken was dry, barely any avocado, and its essentially just tortilla. The California burrito also sucks more donkey than a red light district show in Amsterdam.
#3 For being the home of the "taquito" and not "rolled taco" as they so proudly say, the thing is a real piece of crap.
You know what? I'd rather have a roll taco than this limp piece of fried turd. Do you see the thing? its practically bending. ITS FRIED TACO SHELL CRUST IS BENDING.
I am so utterly disappointed in this place. I have no idea why so many people wait in line for this insult to a part of a drunk college student's staple diet. My girlfriend was so disappointed in this place she wouldn't talk to me for a hour. THAT'S HOW SERIOUS WE ARE ABOUT THE ATROCITY THAT IS BEING COMMITTED ON INDIA STREET!
I highly suggest to EVERYONE that reads this blog (all 50 of you) NOT to patronize this restaurant. Do not even give it ONE chance. Allow the old folk and their kids to grow out of it (or the kids to realize there are actually better things to eat than this place) and let it die away.
This has been a public service announcement of the Better Food for Your Time and Money Commission.
3695 India Street