For some heavily hyped California-ized Mexican food in the Gaslamp, you can’t beat Fred’s Mexican Café (527 Fifth Ave., San Diego Ave., 619/232-8226, www.fredsmexicancafe.com). Blending San Diego seafood, the California fresh-ingredient craze, and tradition Mexican dishes, Fred’s has earned top honors from local restaurant polls.
The extensive menu offers up creative takes on burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and much more. Fred’s prides itself on its margaritas as well—amazing concoctions that take the margarita concept to the next level, served in faux martini glasses or thick-stemmed bowls.
The casual atmosphere features trestle tables and cluttered walls, appealing to a young crowd preparing for a night out on the town.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition