Fresh take on Mexican cuisine at Raymundo’s Taco Shop
by DAVE SCHWAB
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The grilled chicken rice bowl Raymundo’s Taco Shop. COURTESY PHOTO
The grilled chicken rice bowl Raymundo’s Taco Shop. COURTESY PHOTO
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Husband-and-wife duo Raymundo and Leticia Garcia recently opened Raymundo’s Taco Shop in the heart of La Jolla Village, a new eatery they believe offers a fresh take on Mexican cuisine while perfectly complementing the neighborhood.

In fact, a customer of theirs just told them so.

“Yesterday a lady came in, and after eating told us her meal was perfect: The perfect size, the perfect amount, the perfect taste, everything was perfect,” said Leticia of their new restaurant at 7918 Ivanhoe Ave., which opened Nov. 2 next door to Decker’s Dog + Cat.

The pair are working seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Raymundo, for whom the restaurant is named, cooks while Leticia works the counter. It’s a big step for them. Raymundo worked 25 years previously for the popular Roberto’s Taco Shop chain, before opting to break out on his own.

The restaurant offers fast delicious Mexican food with breakfast served all day. Leticia said quality is key to their cuisine, which offers a wide variety of menu items which, besides of host of tacos, includes burritos, tortas, chile Rellenos, tostadas, quesadillas, fries, rice bowls, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Meals are served a la carte or in combination plates.

“Everything is made from scratch including the sauces, which we cook here,” said Leticia adding, “The rolled tacos are freshly made too.”

Leticia talked about their most popular menu item thus far, which patrons are saying is done just right. “People are coming in for oura soft tacos,” she said. “Every time they come in, one at a time, they try them, and every time they say it’s perfect.”

Leticia said their new space was formerly an Italian restaurant. “We liked the location,” she noted. “We saw it had potential, so we put in an offer and were fortunate enough to have been accepted.”

Of the remodel, Leticia said, “We just needed some equipment.”

What of the future?

“Hopefully, if this location goes well, we’d like to have our own chain some day,” she said. “That’s the hope.”

Raymundo’s has both indoor and outdoor seating which is outdoors right now because of the pandemic.

The restaurant is aiming to please its clientele and will go out of their way to satisfy their needs.

“Whenever someone wants something that’s not on the menu, if we have the ingredients, we’ll try and make it for them,” said Leticia.

Raymundo’s Taco Shop 

Where: 7918 Ivanhoe Ave.

Info: 858-352-6867, lettygarci82@gmail.com.

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