Everyday Eats: Baja Tuesday at the Blind Burro

Nab a trio of street tacos or a house margarita for $5 each on Tuesdays at this new Baja-Med spot in the East Village.

The East Village has a brand-new destination for tequila and fresh Mexican fare. The Blind Burro serves up Baja-Med inspired cuisine ranging from tomatillo pozole to yellowtail fish collars slathered in macha sauce. The food is inventive, and affordable, too. Most items hover around $7 to $10, with the priciest entrees, a grilled half chicken and the mariscos stew, topping out at $17. Chef Sara Polczynski, a continuing ed culinary instructor at San Diego Community College, said her goal for the menu was to go beyond sloppy plates of rice and beans, and offer fresher options crafted from colorful, healthy ingredients. 

For the moment, the restaurant opens at 4 p.m. daily, with a solid slate of happy hour specials available Monday through Friday. Tuesdays are all about street tacos, but The Blind Burro is doing them up a bit differently. Five bucks gets you an order of three tacos served naked -- just the meat (chicken, steak, or shrimp) on corn tortillas. 

You also get a caddy stocked with all the trimmings: diced onions, cilantro, cheese, kale and cabbage slaw, lime segments, and a big ol' glob of taco shop guac. It's placed on a lazy susan in the center of the table, so you can spin it around and dress up your tacos to your exact specifications. I suggest going heavy on the guac... it's light and limey and right up until the point where it's oozing out the back end of the tortilla, there's no such thing as "too much".

A basket of chips comes complimentary to every table, but you should also say yes to the salsa flight ($3) featuring a chunky salsa verde, spicy pasilla, and creamy three chile cheese. Dip the chips freely, then save what's left for the tacos.

For another $5, a house margarita is a good call. Perk it up with some candied jalapeno syrup if you're feeling spicy, or make it fruity with a splash of prickly pear, pink guava or strawberry syrup for an extra $1.50. Mezcal shooters are also $5 a pop on Baja Tuesday, and Dos Equis is $3.50 a pint, but if you're there for beer, I'd stick with one of the imports, like the Chupacabras pale ale by Cucapá Brewing Company in Mexicali.

The Blind Burro is located at 639 J. Street, in the former Fleetwood space (map). Baja Tuesday runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Tuesday. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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