El Camino is a kitschy Mexican restaurant on the north border of Little Italy in downtown San Diego. This local hipster hangout, with its compelling, dark, old school street art, offers a mostly traditional menu, two bars, pitchers of great margaritas, upbeat tunes and small dance area with DJ/live music nights. Nothing particularly unique about the fare here if you're hungry for great Mexican food, but a cool, casual place to get your drink on partnered with chips and yummy dips. The sizable, outdoor, all-wood patio has its own bar as well as a section with vintage Atari games. And the wailing jets that soar overhead on their approach to Lindbergh Field add to the cool, slice-of Vegas vibe of the place.
Locals' tips: If you're looking for a quiet place to catch up over conversation, this is not it. El Camino is fun, festive, and funky. Check out daily Happy Hour 5-7pm for deals on drinks and apps. That's really all you need here to complement the atmosphere. If you're itching for food, best bets are the sopas or carne asada nachos. Plenty of street parking. On a Sunday afternoon, grab a table on the patio, order a few margaritas, watch the bellies of jets soar above you, and absorb the beats of DJ Kanye Asada to forget all your worries.
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