I have to say that Ponces is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in San Diego, other than the little taco shops. It is a family-owned restaurant and the prices are very reasonable, especially when you visit during the work week for lunch. When I worked in Kensington back in college, my boss came here just about every day for their lunch specials. Read about my previous experience here.
We ventured out to Kensington on a Saturday afternoon and I was excited to introduce Ponces to my hubby and toddler son.
I love Mexican restaurants that start out with complimentary chips and salsa. The tortilla chips tasted really fresh and we were given the red salsa and salsa verde (not pictured). Our son loved the salsa verde because he kept dipping the chips in it. I love how he likes to try new foods.
The last time I was here, I ordered a cup of the albondigas (meatball soup) ($3.15). I had to order it again because it is so flavorful and delicious. The broth in the picture above has a lot of oil specks... while it does not look visually appealing, it was certainly yummy. There were plenty of hearty meatballs in my cup and vegetables (zucchini, carrots). My son enjoyed the soup too.
We started off with the crispy quesadilla ($4.95), a.k.a. cheese crisp. Our son got all excited when it was served to us and called it a pizza. It was a deep fried tortilla topped with cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. Mmmmm. Simple goodness.
My new thing at sit-down Mexican restaurants is to not focus on the combination plates - because I seriously eat with my eyes. Because I am in love with their enchilada sauce, I ordered a single ground beef enchilada ($3.95). Look at how the enchilada was swimming in their savory sauce with tons of shredded melted cheddar cheese around it. I dipped the tortilla chips in the sauce. Oh my.
The person at the table next to us ordered a ground beef enchilada and it reminded me of a Mexican lasagna and it looks absolutely amazing. I had to try it. It was really good. The meat was seasoned perfectly and it truly was like a different type of lasagna.
M ordered two items a la carte, as well... a chicken enchilada ($3.95) and a chicken taco ($3.25). I did not have a bite of his, but he cleaned off his plate very easily. Yeah, he hated it. *sarcasm*
Ponces is a gem. The servers are super friendly as they make you feel like a part of the family. Here is the link to their menu to see what other delicious dishes they serve.... but you know why I will be back, for their albondigas and enchiladas!
Ponces Mexican Restaurant
4050 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116