While running some errands this evening, I decided I would pick up some Dinah’s fried chicken for dinner since the husband sounded like he needed some comfort food. I’ve never had it despite driving past the restaurant many times. Anyways, we’ll save that review for later, after I’ve eaten some.
In the same center is a Viva Fresh…yet another Mexican restaurant chain. We’ve been to one before, the location off the corner of Manchester and Lincoln. We were so underwhelmed by what we got that we made a conscious decision to never go back there. But this was a different location so maybe this time would be better?
I walked in and looked at the menu. It was a lot…shorter than I recalled. Hrm. I decided to get an order of rolled tacos (3) w/ shredded beef and a fish taco w/ guacamole (option of either white sauce or guacamole) which came out to a whopping $9.12 after tax.
The rolled tacos with shredded beef weren’t bad. They were a little thicker than what I normally see. The beef was a little dry but overall, it was tasty. Good crunch. Okay, I’d probably order these again and maybe ask for some cheese as well.
Normally, in San Diego, when you order a fish taco/burrito, the fish is breaded and fried. Viva Fresh grills their fish which is healthier but does not do much on the “want comfort-y food”. This taco consisted of 2 small white corn tortillas serving as the shell, a good helping of white fish, lettuce and a whole lot of guacamole. I put on some of their hot salsa and took a bite. The first flavor to really hit me was a sharp sour note…lime. Either they marinade their fish in lime juice or someone was using a lime as a stress relief ball. Anyways, as I continued to eat, I caught hints of a fishy flavor here and there…a sign that the fish isn’t fresh and was probably frozen. Maybe that’s why they put so much lime…and guacamole. It was a bit of a mess to eat.
Sadly, this Viva Fresh turned out to be a disappointment as well. I’ll probably just hit up Chile Verde since it is closer. A friend, another San Diegan, informed me of a place in Burbank that satisfied her cravings. However, Burbank is quite a bit aways. Maybe one day, if we venture there…
2 1/2 NOMs for Viva Fresh.
Viva Fresh Mexican Grill
6515 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Edit: I noticed on Yelp that this place got pretty good reviews. You Los Angeleans are deprived. I’m sorry but really, you are. On your next trip to San Diego, stop at a Roberto’s or a Santana’s or El Cotixan and taste what I’m talking about.
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