If you’re looking for a fun place to grab some tasty cocktails and a bite to eat, look no further than The Blind Burro in the Gaslamp District. I was down in San Diego for a reunion and stopped by one evening with a friend.
We started with a couple of libations: Spicy Blood Orange ($12) Hornitos Plata tequila, Triple Sec, blood orange puree, muddled jalapenos; Mango Tajin Skinny ($12) Milagro Silver, mango puree, lime soda, with a Tajin rim.
Although the basket of tortilla chips is hard to resist, I highly suggest you refrain from overindulging. These are some of the best tortilla chips I’ve ever eaten!
We even order an array of salsas ($1.25 each) which are stupendous! My favorites are the Fresno, Sweetheart and Iguana. Save them to eat with your tacos!
Shrimp Machetes ($16) is a giant thin quesadilla stuffed with shrimp, pico de gallo, chipotle candied bacon, lime crema, queso Oaxaca, and manchego cheese. It is absolutely delicious, packed with flavor, and a great snack to share with the table.
For something more substantial, try Grilled Angus Steak ($26) a piquant grilled macha skirt steak, served with street corn on the cob, jalapeno mash, and charred scallion. It is a carnivore’s dream with perfectly executed meat, and good robust seasonings.
I always suggest grabbing some tacos and the Baja Style Tacos here are solid. Each order comes with two tacos, my favorites are: Lobster ($18) generous chunks of tender Maine lobster, topped with pico de gallo, garlic butter, green cabbage, avocado, and micro cilantro.
Coffee Rubbed Salmon ($15) pops out at us and we can’t resist its unique aromas. The tomatillo-avocado kale slaw is lovely, while the lime crema adds a citrusy richness to the mix.
I am always game to try Lengua ($15) and the grilled beef tongue here is stellar. It isn’t rubbery or chewy, but instead, tender and tasty, accompanied by salsa macha, and pickled vegetables, although I could have done without the spiced candied peanuts.
While I didn’t care for the street corn on the cob, which comes with the steak, I absolutely loved the Street Corn Off The Cob ($7) which arrives in a bowl with crema, Tapatio, lime, and queso cotija. It is highly addictive and worth ordering if you’re a fan of corn.
The Blind Burro is a fun spot to hang out and grab some cocktails and some bites. You can opt to sit around the bar, very popular in Mexico. Or, alternatively, the dining room is perfect if you have kids with you. Either way, the food is decent and the drinks, absolutely fantastic. Service is super friendly.
The Blind Burro
639 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101