Mini-Review: Tomatito’s birria-smothered chilaquiles has me hoping for my next hangover

Taco de Birria de Res. Photo by Jay Keyes.

You got wrecked. Shickered. Sloshed. Gazeboed. Blotto. Stinko.

You can begin to feel what will be a morning of regret as the poison you ingested slowly metabolizes while releasing crippling toxins into your blood.

As you start to deal with the consequences of your degeneracy, you realize you’ll quickly need nutrients, electrolytes, and B-vitamins. You’ll want carbs to re-balance your blood sugar and proteins to prevent it from continuing to drop. Most of all, you want to sweat those nasty toxins out of your body.

Put that coffee down! Coffee is for posers. The only thing worse than having a hangover is not being able to sleep it off.

At your service is Tomatito and their Hangover Chilaquiles ($9.99).

Whatever pain you’re feeling may meet its match in this greasy plate of fried tortilla strips, beef birria, refried beans, cotija cheese, and eggs smothered in what may be the hottest and most gut-melting salsa roja served in all of south San Diego.

Hangover Chilaquiles: crispy corn tortillas, birria, spicy red sauce, sour cream, cotija cheese, with refried beans, house potatoes, and sunny side up eggs. Photo by Jay Keyes.

The birria that comes out of Tomatito’s kitchen is sensational, and can also be ordered by itself or stuffed into tacos. Aside from the beef, you’ll find that oregano and garlic are dominant flavors in Tomatito’s birria de res. It reminds me a bit of the birria at nearby Fernandez Restaurant, which is about the highest compliment I can give to someone’s beef birria. Here they use more cinnamon, but I suspect that someone who has worked in Tomatito’s kitchen may have also worked for Chef Carlos at Fernandez, or vice versa.

Tomatito would be more popular if it was Instagram-friendly. No one likes to see photos taken by people in pain. Besides, Tomatito does not serve pretty food. This is not a social eating experience. This is salvation.

Food/Décor/Service: 4.6/3.6/NA

Taco Scores: Tacos de Birria de Res (93)

Jay Recommends: Hangover Chilaquiles

Tomatito2989 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154; Monday-Sunday from 7:00am-4:00pm; (619) 575-3388;

Birria Advocacy. Photo by Jay Keyes.
Tomatito’s Dining Room. Photo by Jay Keyes.
Tomatito Mexican Food in Otay Mesa West neighborhood of San Diego. Photo by Jay Keyes.

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