Mexican restaurants San Diego Gaslamp
9. Re: Mexican Restaurant Suggestions in the Gaslamp District
You have to decide whether you want exceptional Mexican food or a festive atmosphere. You'll have a hard time finding both in the Gaslamp, but the party atmosphere is more likely.
Los Panchos is a local chain that serves typical So Cal Mexican fast food. Its lengthy menu is hit or miss, and more filling than delightful.
Pokez is not inside the Gaslamp area, but you can walk to it. It's a vegetarian restaurant.
Drive or catch a taxi to Old Town. There are many choices if festive and ok food suits your taste. El Agave is at the south edge of Old Town, and offers the highest level of Mexican cuisine in the area, but it is not a festive place.
Ironically, you're going to be more successful finding a good steak, Persian food, seafood, or Italian food in the Gaslamp area than Mexican food. It's economics. People aren't going to pay $30 for an entree of rice and beans, but they will for sea bass served with pureed veggies on a big white plate. The best Mexican food is found in the 'hoods, not touristy Gaslamp.