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Friday, April 21, 2017

Miguels Cocina offers so much more.

Taking stake of what I have right here in my corner of the woods here in Point Loma made me realize there are some really great, unique and diverse options to pick from when it comes to finding A Better Bite in San Diego. All major cuisines are present, long standing establishments, new kids of the block, grab n' go, fine dining, casual name it, Point Loma has it. One such place I have been to a number of times at their other store locations as well as this one is Miguels Cocina off Shelter Island drive just a block south of Rosecrans.

I invite you to take a look around at the experience I had on this particular Tuesday afternoon visit. Drooling is acceptable.

Miguels has been in business at this location since 2004. The Miguel's first store being in Coronado in 1984 (what a great year!), which remains there to this day. The Point Loma store used to be the Brigantine prior to its transition to what it is now. The venue has become truly responsive to the neighborhood/SD area and because of this, really has allowed itself to become woven into the fabric of Point Loma, beyond just the food and drinks. Customers like me and many others have gotten to know the staff and the people behind the operation. The owners/managers have customers with kids who play on the same sports teams, go to school together etc. The family owned restaurant is very active in the community and donates to numerous organizations as well. I really like that kind of blended relationship that Miguel's has with the local area.

Veteran staff like Brian, the assistant general manager and Nemisio, the head chef are two such people that are just great people to know not only for their ability to produce and market great Mexican cuisine but also because they just love what they do and care for their customers. Miguel's has a unique trait about it within its staff in that they have many of the same people still working for them today that used to 10-15 or more years back. That kind of tenure in the restaurant biz does not happen often these days. I guess they kinda like it here huh?

OK so the food. If you do not find an item or version of an item you want on the menu all you need to do is ask. They can make anything you want, the way you want it. Brian was clear in explaining to me that they are a "you bet we can" kind of restaurant. They also have a daily rotation of salsa that you just need to ask for and should!. They have about 6 made in-house salsa's to pick from. Also, make note to try one or both of their unique sauces called macha and chile de arbol! These are so good and unlike any other Mexican sauce I have had lately.

My meal consisted of a delicious shrimp cocktail, chips and guacamole, a giant surf n' turf burrito covered in house-made enchilada sauce with a side of refried beans and Mexican rice..., all amazing as it always has been in the past. Oh and PLEASE! Do not miss the mole sauce here! I love mole when its good and hate it like no other when its junk. Lucky for me the stuff they have here is pure $$! Nemisio says it's the cinnamon type they use as well as the unique and rare Mexican chipotle chocolate they use that gives it such a pungent and unique flavor. I could put that on a sock and eat it I swear!

So there you have it folks. Point Loma comes off as a bit of a sleeper neighborhood at times. No reason for that with places like Miguel's Cocina to get your Better Bites in 7 days a week. And with 5 other locations in SoCal you can be sure you're not far from one of their locations. Plus, they do brunch Saturday and Sunday 10-3pm here in Point Loma!