Tamarindo Latin Kitchen & Bar brunch - San Diego, CA
Earlier this year, we met some out-of-town friends at Tamarindo Latin Kitchen & Bar. I remember loving the potato rolled tacos and decided to revisit this North Park spot. They had just kicked off brunch on the weekend we visited. So far I think I'm in love. The flavors were on point and I loved the fusion aspect.
The restaurant is a spacious spot with pleasing tones of blue and neutrals. The environment was very relaxing and chill on that weekend.
FC's Molette Benedict ($11) - bolillo, carne beans, monterey jack cheese, carnitas, poached eggs, chorizo hollandaise and pico de gallo
Eggs Benedict Latin style?! The dish was layered with beans, meaty pork then eggs plus Pico de Gallo. It had just enough of a salsa touch plus that Bolillo bread underneath held everything together. Our waiter Jimmy thought the bread was made in house. The shredded carnitas was moist and well seasoned too making us fans of the complete package!
Pan de Huevo French Toast ($11) - latin amerian sweet bread, chopped pineapple,pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds, la lechera
This toast had an eggy sweet edge which I adored. Sometimes there was a burst of tart from the pomegranate seeds which gave a fun contrast to the rest. The almonds were a fun crunch as well. To top it off, the sauce was mildly sweet but not overwhelming. Dennis thought this fit more as a dessert for his tastes, but then again, people do enjoy sweet for breakfast too! We asked about this bread as well and found out it was from an external bakery.
The Jalapeno Bacon ($3) sounded interesting to add on as a side. We were a little underimpressed with this though as it was a bit too oily and barely carried any heat. Perhaps infusion is just a bit tougher for spicy flavors.
In the back of the restaurant, you can grab your own complimentary chips and salsa. There were about three red sauces, one salsa verde, and limes and carrots available that day.
Colomba ($10) with a side of Mezcal ($3), Sangria Blanco ($5)
The day was still young so we got a little sippy. Mine was a deliciously fruity sangria while Dennis ordered a tequila cocktail plus a shot of Mezcal. The shot was smoky but not as strong as some other ones we have tried. He mentioned that it really warmed you up without a lingering burn. I believe the brand was Banhez.
We had a prime spot in the corner with plenty of natural light. What a nice view of the restaurant! We had also picked up a $10 off card from the North Park Business Association during a media event so the bill was around $30 for food and drink.
Tamarindo serves brunch from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. They have a regular lunch and dinner menu the rest of the time. We're happy to find yet another great spot in the North Park neighborhood.
Tamarindo Latin Kitchen & Bar
2906 University Ave
San Diego CA 92104
Nice to see this space open! It had been closed for a tiny bit. It used to be Claire de Lune's Coffee Lounge back in the late 90's. Love your drinks with benedict photo Lynn (magazine worthy I say).
Dennis and his buddies often had tea or food there while it was still Claire de Lune. They usually had good samples too during Taste events. I do like the new food served here though and had recommended it to a coworker. He thought it was very tasty albeit a little salty on his visit.
Really colorful food! That french toast is tempting. I think I walked by on my way to the bbq joint like a block away.
You have to try the potato rolled tacos here! I mentioned them to you at one point after reading about them on your blog!
The place looks inviting, and the benedict looks perfect.
It's a cute hip spot. Wish we have a few spots like this closer to my house!
North Park has the best food! That bacon would have made me sad though. My bacon HAS to per perfectly crispy.
yea, plus we always prefer the thick cut pieces too. we make our own sometimes :)
Those were some beautiful photos Lynn. The chorizo hollandaise sounds amazing - still need to find a simple hollandaise recipe I can whip up at home. The glass drink cups are so pretty.
thanks faye! dennis brings the big camera haha. i think i have to go back to eat more brunch again. maybe one of these days i can catch hour hour too.
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