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Walking Storytime: Fred’s Mexican Cafe in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

I promised I would give a shout out to Fred’s Mexican Cafe in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter on our site because: a) they had outstanding service, b) they had excellent food, and c) they were very walkable neighborhood friendly. So here you go, Fred’s!

The story behind my visit is somewhat interesting. I was in San Diego on business and went down to the Gaslamp Quarter one evening to check it out I was walking down 5th Avenue taking some photos. I had just shot the photo on the left (Fred’s outdoor seating) and the two girls pictured above asked me what I was taking a photo of. I told them what I was doing and why I was doing it. They also asked me to take a photo of them. They seemed very interested in walkable neighborhoods. Or maybe they were just interested in my business (I doubt it, though – they never pushed me to come in).
At any rate, I was intrigued by their happy hour specials after a long day of presentations, so I decided to go in. Once I sat down at their lovely outdoor seating venue, I could not resist ordering some of the food. I was not really in the mood for Mexican, considering that you can get Mexican anywhere in California and I wanted to try one of the many other ethnic restaurants in the Gaslamp. However, I was very impressed with their food. I especially enjoyed their black beans and salsa. I ended up chatting with the girls there for quite a while. They have really unique names that I could not possibly begin to spell correctly, so out of respect to them I will not try. But, if you see them outside of the restaurant, tell them hello from me. They are super nice.

So, the moral of the story is that if you are a restaurant owner looking for some shameless promotion, now you know I will gladly do it. – if there is great free food involved, of course! Fred’s did not give me a free meal, but I thought they deserved some promotion because the experience is one that you can only have in a walkable neighborhood. You are not going to have the same experience in a chain restaurant’s parking lot, that’s for sure. And besides, Fred is my most commonly used nickname and I felt right at home!
By the way, the Gaslamp Quarter is amazing. It is easily in my top ten favorite places in the United States. The residential towers going up all around the area are astounding. If you visit San Diego and skip the Gaslamp, you are missing out on at least half of what San Diego has to offer. I shot the night photo on the left in the Gaslamp. I will cover the district more in a future article about San Diego. I will also post the hundreds of photos I took there once the issues with my photo gallery are resolved.

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  • ptom July 13, 2006, 11:31 am

    Gaslamp is definitely my destination if I become homeless.

    Imagine the scraps!