Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

La Fuente Restaurante

We'd passed this place on the way to Ichiban. It looked interesting, so I sort of filed it away in the back of my mind as another place on University that I'd like to check out sometime. Fortunately, La Fuente is open 19 hours a day, so when we happened to be in the neighborhood one morning before going to the zoo, we stopped in.

La Fuente Restaurante
1227 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
tel: +1.619.295.6447
M-Th: 0800-0300
F-Su: 0900-0400
Free delivery if you order at least $20 24 hours in advance.

(second location:
34 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
tel: +1.619.422.6976
daily: 0800-2200)

(last visited January '04)

"Restaurante" is a bit grandiose for what is actually a stand. True, there are some tables in the back but this is the sort of place where you walk up to the front window to place your order. It's a lot like ubiquitous taco stands ending in "berto's" you find all over San Diego. The food is cheap and service is fast. Burritos start at $2.08 for bean and top out at $3.69 for shrimp, with most around $3. All the tortas--beef, chicken, carne asada, carnitas, chorizo, machaca (shredded beef), fish, and ham--are $3.20. Tacos are between $1.49 (ground beef, carne asada) and $2.04 (taco de papa, pollo asado, carnitas, al pastor, shrimp, and fish). They do tostadas, enchiladas, and quesadillas, as well as some special plates and combinations (including rice and beans) in the $4-6 range.

If you're there before noon, as we were, you can get breakfast. Huevos rancheros, cheese or ham omelet, chorizo con huevo, machaca, ham con huevo, bacon huevo, chilaquiles rojos, chilaquiles rancheros, and huevos divorciados (eggs on tortillas with two salsas) are each $4.29.

The usual soft drinks are available, as well as horchata or jamaica ($0.95 small, $1.35 large). They serve menudo (tripe) Friday to Sunday.

Service is quick and friendly.

As we were ordering, a passerby said, "Hey, you can't eat there now! You can only eat here at two AM when you're drunk!"

The food was fine anyway.
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