Antojitos Como En Casa: Fantastic Mexican Food in El Centro

I grew up in Southern California and haven eaten Mexican food since I was a baby; so when I say Antojitos is fantastic, I mean it is one of the best Mexican places I have been to outside of Mexico. If you are in the vicinity of El Centro (I know it is not a place you are in the vicinity of all that often), then I highly recommend stopping in for some food. Here is all the information.

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  • Hours:  Tues – Sun: 8 AM – 8 PM, closed Monday
  • Cost: $8 – $12 for a meal
  • I visited in 2016

I had read about this place before and seen all of the positive Yelp reviews, so on a recent trip to the desert to explore the Salton Sea (always love that spot), I went out of my way to have lunch in El Centro.

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Located 15 minutes from the California / Mexico border, this spot is as authentic as it comes without crossing over. I realized I was in for a treat when I walked into this restaurant, which is off the main road, and shares its building with a cell phone shop, and every table was full during lunch. I waited for a few minutes, and someone finished their meal so we could sit down.

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Chips arrived immediately with two different types of salsa to choose from. Both were fantastic, but the serrano chilis in the green gave it a ton of flavor, and it quickly became my favorite. I asked for recommendations and was told the crispy shredded beef tacos, so that is what I chose. My mom ordered the other recommendation, which was the green pozole. Both arrived quickly and even the presentation was top-notch.

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My mom dove into her pozole and raved about it. It even came with a grilled jalapeno with cotija cheese on it. Luckily she doesn’t like spicy stuff, so I took a bite, and it was delicious. If you get the pozole, do watch out for the bones though, if you are not accustomed to that.

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My tacos had a home-made shell that was fried to perfection and were topped with lettuce, tomato, and cotija cheese. They also came with rice and beans, and it reminded me a lot of Johnny’s Tacos in Ventura, which is another favorite of mine. After demolishing the food, we paid the bill and were on our way. I know it sounds like I am just praising this place, but it was a fantastic meal. I don’t know when I will be in the area again, but you can be sure I will be making a return visit.

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