Gloria’s Taco Shop
1233 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
By Judi Curry
For many months after I joined online dating services, Joe and I went out to try new restaurants in a variety of areas. Although Joe and I have remained good friends, he has another lady friend and I asked the two of them to join me in reviewing Gloria’s Taco Shop.
This restaurant is part of the “Golden Hill” area that the San Diego Free Press is highlighting this month. If you have been reading SDFP this week, you may have noticed that Emma Goldman has also reviewed several restaurants in the area, bordering the same streets as Gloria’s.
In looking over past reviews of Gloria’s, I am pleased that I had Joe and Connie with me, because although the food was good, I cannot give it the rave reviews that others have given it before.
Their menu consists of almost every Mexican plate known to man. It was difficult to make a decision because I like so much of what they had to offer. There is no table service, which didn’t bother me. One places their order at the window and you are called when your order is ready.
My “test” of Mexican food is either Machaca or Tamale, and since we were there at 11:30am, I decided to go with the Machaca plate. It was served attractively along with rice, beans and tortillas.
BUT….the rice was cold and the beans only luke-warm. I think that the rice and beans probably are fixed earlier in the day and scooped on the plate as orders come in. The tortillas were piping hot. The Machaca was tasty, but a little too dry for me. I would have liked to have had a sauce on it or a dollop of sour cream to make it more palatable. The cost for the plate was $5.95.
Connie had never had a bean burrito before and she said it was delicious. It was served very warm, and she added hot sauce to it before every bite. The cost was certainly reasonable – $2.77!
Joe ordered two chicken enchiladas, primarily because he had made them himself several nights ago and wanted to compare Gloria’s to his. He had the same comment about the rice that I had – it was cold – but the beans were hot. However, he felt that the enchiladas were dry and needed to have an enchilada sauce on them.
Although the order came with two enchiladas on the plate, he left one untouched. He felt that his homemade ones were better because they were not as dry. The cost was $5.95.
Joe and Connie asked for ice tea but there was none available. Instead, they opted for bottled water. I had a cold Mexican soda.
Over all, the price for all of the entrees was very reasonable. The restaurant proper is very, very small, with only seating for few people. While we were there there were several take-out orders; some had been called in while some orders were placed by walk-ins. If I lived in the neighborhood I might return to Gloria’s – but would not go out of my way to frequent them again.
If one is not too discriminating about Gringo taste – it might be just what is wanted. But if one is eating at the establishment, food should be served hot, and with a bite to it. That was not the case for Joe and me and since Connie added hot sauce I suspect it was not the case for her either. If it is variety you want, Gloria’s is the place to go, but think of it as a “fast food” joint, rather than as a restaurant.