Mama Testa, known for beating Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, relocated its restaurant to Mira Mesa late last year. We never were able to make it to the original location in Hillcrest, but I’m glad they re-opened and we were finally able to pay them a visit.
The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and offers an extensive menu of dishes.
We started our meal with complimentary chips. They have a huge salsa bar with about a dozen different salsas and other various pickles which you can help yourself to.
We started with their famous fish tacos. Two golden battered catfish fillets were stuffed inside crunchy taco shells and topped with cole slaw and queso fresco. We really enjoyed these tacos. The catfish was moist, flaky, with a light batter. The taco shells added an additional crunchy texture that paired well with the fish and toppings.
Yucatecos, Francos, Bistec
We also created a trio plate of soft tacos. We loved that we were able to mix and match so we could try more than just one kind of taco. My favorite of the three was the Yucatecos, made with Cochinita Pibil, a Yucatán-style pork. The flavors were bold and slightly sweet.
Overall, we had a nice first visit here. This seems like a great place to hang out with friends for a relaxing meal and they also have lunch specials and happy hour during the week.
Mama Testa Taqueria
9225 Mira Mesa Blvd #102, San Diego, CA 92126