Thank you to Mark & Pueblo for hosting us! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
TGFF, Thank Goodness For Fridays, am I right? Last week was such a long one with work, after work events, and completing Week 1 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series (more on that to come!). Needless to say, Friday’s date night could not have come soon enough.
While I’ve lived in Pacific Beach for nearly 5 years, I had yet to try the newly opened Pueblo PB (still not sure why…). So when they asked if we wanted to come in, check it out, and see what their new Executive Chef, Eduardo Rosales, was up to, it was a no-brainer.
We arrived on a Friday night around 6PM and were seated on the rooftop patio as the sun was setting over PB. It felt like we had escaped the “PB bar scene” and were transported into a charming Baja-inspired restaurant.
The Manager & Owner, Mark, sat down with us for a bit and told us a little about the restaurant, the modern coastal cuisine, and their new Executive Chef, Eduardo.
Chef Eduardo has spent the last 20 years as a chef in South America and Mexico and just recently joined the restaurant debuting a new array of menu items. He explained that they all feature high-quality ingredients that are authentic to the Baja style cuisine.
Next he went over the impressive Baja wine selection (40+ to choose from)! I’ve heard from quite a few people in the industry that Mexican wines are becoming more popular so it’s great to see a restaurant showcasing part of that new, cultural experience. While Mark recommended the Petite Syrah & the Red Blend, I ended up opting for a margarita so I’ll definitely be back for a glass of vino 🙂 (If you’re more of a beer person, there’s a bunch of unique, Mexican beers on the menu as well🍻)
Sean & I ordered for the Classic Pueblo Margarita (Tequila Reposada, Fresh Lime, Organic Agave) along with the Oh, Dios Mio Mango! (House Infused Red Jalapeno Tequila, Fresh Sweet Mango, Lime). Both were super light, flavorful, and will definitely get you a little tipsy😉
For starters, Mark mentioned that the Yellowtail Crudo was very popular but we’re suckers for Shrimp Ceviche, and in order to really judge a restaurant’s quality, you’ve got to try some of the classics, right? The ceviche was filled with full-size, plump, juicy shrimp and lots of lime. It had Avocado Serrano Salsa, Cucumber, Red Onion, Jalapeno, and Tortilla Chips. It was the perfect amount to share for two.
Platos Rancho & Tacos
I had my mind set going into this restaurant that I wanted to try the shrimp tacos, but while talking with Mark, he mentioned that you can get tacos anywhere in San Diego (fair point😉 ) so he recommended the Salmon, Marlin Tacos, Carne Asada Plate, and the Chef’s Special — Lamb Plate. I ordered the Carne Asada Plate while Sean got the Marlin Tacos.
The Carne Asada came with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Flour Tortillas, Esquites White & Yellow Corn, Baja Rice. The meat’s marinade was super tangy and it was cooked medium so it wasn’t super chewy or overdone. I swear, I could have eaten an entire plate of that corn though, it was fantastic.
Sean’s Smoked Marlin Taco Plate (Green Olives, Capers, Green Cabbage, Crema, Avocado, Pice de Gallo) was unique and definitely unlike anything we’ve ever had before, but I think we’ll probably stick to a shrimp or carnitas taco next time. If you want something different though, it’s worth trying since I’ve never seen Marlin tacos anywhere else on a menu in San Diego.
We never normally get dessert because Sean doesn’t like sweets and I don’t want to end up eating the whole thing. But, when I checked Yelp/Instagram to look at what others had ordered, I saw there were churros on the dessert menu so I told Sean ahead of time that I HAD to have those. He gave in and we finished those babies off! The Churros came with a Cream & Chocolate Sauce and were the perfect ending to our evening.
Ambiance & Experience
The ambiance in the restaurant was incredible! The rooftop is perfect for a sunny day with margaritas on the patio, there’s a great big fire pit for happy hour or a nightcap, and we loved all of the tea lights hanging from the trees and succulents on the table. Definitely Insta worthy.
Overall, Sean and I had an amazing experience at Pueblo and will definitely be coming back for drinks, desserts (more Churrros please!), and happy hour for some wine, Mexican beer, chips & guac, and $4 tacos! For all my happy hour lovers, their happy hour deals are incredible: Monday-Friday 3-6PM & Saturdays & Sundays from 2-5PM. Yes, that’s right — Saturdays & Sundays too!
So if you’re looking for a little Baja escape, I would definitely give it a try — especially on a sunny day or evening in San Diego.