When my friend said “hey, I want you to try Las Cuatro Milpas” but then couldn’t really explain to me what the restaurant was all about, it worried me. All I was told was “it’s Mexican and it’s good”. Ummmm okay!
I peeked inside the restaurant and it was a dump but there were a couple of women in the back making tortillas so that’s a good sign. The menu had only a handful of things on it and it looked like someone’s house converted into a make-shift restaurant. I would’ve insisted on leaving had there not been a line out the door and down the street with more people joining the line every few minutes.
It took us about 25 minutes to get to the front (yes I timed it) and even with the small menu, I had no idea what to order, so we ordered everything!! The Rolled Tacos ($5/5pcs) were what everyone was ordering so we got those. These are flautas stuffed with shredded beef or chicken, topped with crema and a handful of sliced iceberg lettuce.
There were crispy Tacos ($1.75) as well and we also got some of those. They were stuffed with the same ingredients as the flautas.
I was intrigued by the Chorizo con huevos ($3.75/$5/$9) when I saw a bowl of something on the tray of the man in front of me. I asked and he said it was good. This wasn’t chorizo with eggs as you are accustomed to. It is that with beans and rice all together in a bowl. Strange, but weirdly tasty.
They gave us some soft tortillas as well. I had a bite and wished I had more room for more, but I didn’t.
The Tamales ($1.75) were not bad, but not fantastic. I liked how the masa was not dry but the meat stuffing needed a little more flavor. They have this stunning chile sauce which has a seriously good heat and consisted of a rich smoky taste of chipotle. That was fantastic over everything.
The meal is cheap, fast (even with the wait) and really good for what it was. There is no table service. It’s cafeteria style and they make no apologies for it. I would definitely come back again when I want some greasy, reasonable and good Mexican food!
Las Cuatro Milpas
1875 Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113