Huapangos

★★★★☆
  • 3693 5th Ave

    San Diego, CA 92103

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  • 619-546-5934

About Huapangos

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Sunday 10:00AM - 9:00PM ,Monday 11:00AM - 9:00PM ,Tuesday 11:00AM - 9:00PM ,Wednesday 11:00AM - 9:00PM ,Thursday 11:00AM - 9:00PM ,Friday 11:00AM - 10:00PM ,Saturday 10:00AM - 10:00PM

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Some locations just seem cursed. For the last couple decades, we have seen the building on the corner of 5th Avenue and Pennsylvania change hands as owner after owner has tried to find something that can appeal to the sometimes spurious and fickle tastes of locals. But when all else fails, the one thing you can count on in San Diego is Mexican Food.

In a community littered with taco stands and shops, few places have considered the value in offering a higher class of Mexican cuisine that what commonly comes in a plastic bag and Styrofoam box. But when Viridiana ??ViRi? Rubio and her husband JT saw the empty space in 2009, they knew what to do with it, and Huapango was born.

Named after a popular style of Mexican music featuring a violin, guitar, and jarana huasteca, Huapango brings old-world class and style to what is commonly considered a fast food cuisine. ViRi and JT had owned and operated Que Pasa in Rancho Santa Fe for five years when they noticed the location here in Hillcrest.

Expanding the menu to include breakfast specials, everything served is made from scratch and inspired by ViRi??s experience working in Mexico city and the diversity of traditional dish??s that can be found there from every region of Mexico. Offering dishes like mole verde sauce encased chilequilas, calamari rellano, bistec ranchero, and lobster tacos just to name a few. And you can??t help to indulge in their complimentary jalapeno cheese dip, chips and salsa. It is worth every bite. The dishes melt in your mouth, you will always leave full and completely satisfied.

ViRi and JT designed and built the entire interior by themselves. With authentic paintings, solid aged wood tables and chairs, antique lamps and decorations from Guadalajara, and Spanish styled plaster and tile work, walking inside you could imagine you??re walking through the doorway of a Spanish manor.

ViRi??s carnitas are slow cooked for over six hours, in a simmering sauce that includes orange and lemon zest, jalapenos, and yellow chilis, resulting in a deeply flavored and tender meat that is unparalleled. With a ??light? section for healthy eaters and vegetarian options, along with some of the best sandwiches and tortas on this side of the border, there is little reason to wonder why many of the customers eat here several times a week or even several times a day.

The menu is served all day long, and the patio is dog friendly and live music every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday brunches, a happy hour, and daily lunch and dinner specials, the incredible popularity of Huapango??s doesn??t stop ViRi and JT from taking the time to stop and chat with each table to make sure they are pleased. That is a commitment to customer service which you cannot find anywhere else.

It is this dedication to providing the best service, environment, and food possible that has turned this once doomed location into one of the busiest new restaurants in the community. ViRi and JT show their appreciation by donating a lot of time and food to as many events, causes, and non profits organizations as they can. At a time when this type of connection with a community can determine whether a restaurant fails or succeeds residents can look forward to enjoying the diverse and delicious menu and experience Haupango's provides for some time to come.

4
★★★★☆

Some locations just seem cursed. For the last couple decades, we have seen the building on the corner of 5th Avenue and Pennsylvania change hands as owner after owner has tried to find something that can appeal to the sometimes spurious and fickle tastes of locals. But when all else fails, the one thing you can count on in San Diego is Mexican Food.

In a community littered with taco stands and shops, few places have considered the value in offering a higher class of Mexican cuisine that what commonly comes in a plastic bag and Styrofoam box. But when Viridiana ??ViRi? Rubio and her husband JT saw the empty space in 2009, they knew what to do with it, and Huapango was born.

Named after a popular style of Mexican music featuring a violin, guitar, and jarana huasteca, Huapango brings old-world class and style to what is commonly considered a fast food cuisine. ViRi and JT had owned and operated Que Pasa in Rancho Santa Fe for five years when they noticed the location here in Hillcrest.

Expanding the menu to include breakfast specials, everything served is made from scratch and inspired by ViRi??s experience working in Mexico city and the diversity of traditional dish??s that can be found there from every region of Mexico. Offering dishes like mole verde sauce encased chilequilas, calamari rellano, bistec ranchero, and lobster tacos just to name a few. And you can??t help to indulge in their complimentary jalapeno cheese dip, chips and salsa. It is worth every bite. The dishes melt in your mouth, you will always leave full and completely satisfied.

ViRi and JT designed and built the entire interior by themselves. With authentic paintings, solid aged wood tables and chairs, antique lamps and decorations from Guadalajara, and Spanish styled plaster and tile work, walking inside you could imagine you??re walking through the doorway of a Spanish manor.

ViRi??s carnitas are slow cooked for over six hours, in a simmering sauce that includes orange and lemon zest, jalapenos, and yellow chilis, resulting in a deeply flavored and tender meat that is unparalleled. With a ??light? section for healthy eaters and vegetarian options, along with some of the best sandwiches and tortas on this side of the border, there is little reason to wonder why many of the customers eat here several times a week or even several times a day.

The menu is served all day long, and the patio is dog friendly and live music every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday brunches, a happy hour, and daily lunch and dinner specials, the incredible popularity of Huapango??s doesn??t stop ViRi and JT from taking the time to stop and chat with each table to make sure they are pleased. That is a commitment to customer service which you cannot find anywhere else.

It is this dedication to providing the best service, environment, and food possible that has turned this once doomed location into one of the busiest new restaurants in the community. ViRi and JT show their appreciation by donating a lot of time and food to as many events, causes, and non profits organizations as they can. At a time when this type of connection with a community can determine whether a restaurant fails or succeeds residents can look forward to enjoying the diverse and delicious menu and experience Haupango's provides for some time to come.

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This place has great combination plates. Come here with a lot of people and you can all try a little bit of everything.

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This place has great combination plates. Come here with a lot of people and you can all try a little bit of everything.

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