Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss.
What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico.
In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
O.K. food but unreasonably expensive. No ala carte's if you want an extra taco and the taco's were cold when we got them. I will say that the taco's had authentic queso fresco and not shredded cheddar. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give them a 3.
My family has been enjoying this wonderful little restaurant for maybe two years? Not your run of the mill Mexican food. I love their steamed tacos. Their decor is wonderful as well, lots of Dia de los Muertos stuff and really cheerful. Oh and the sauces! There are so many and different flavors and levels of heat. You can try as many as you like from their little salsa bar.
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