Casa de Reyes restaurant features a cantina-like atmosphere with comfortable outdoor seating, rustic furnishings and plenty of shade during the mid-day. The traditional Mexican menu is spiced up by occasional mariachis and festively attired servers. Tortillas are hand-made onsite. Margaritas are also a specialty--look (or look out) for their 60 ounce margarita. 

The beans and rice served at Casa de Reyes are all certified organic, and all fried dishes are prepared in 100% trans-fat-free oil. 

Casa de Reyes fountain drinksLocated in the center of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in a four-acre section known as the Plaza del Pasado, or plaza of the past, it is a short walk from several free parking lots. There is also easy public transit access from the Coaster rapid transit.

The restuarant is named for an early homeowner in the original Old Town settlement. The original casa de Reyes was built in 1823 and was a small adobe home that belonged to Dona Maria de Los Reyes Ybanez de Dominguez. This early period in San Diego's city was marked by Mexican cattlemen known as Californios. Back then, cattle were to the area what cars are to San Diego today.

Look for historically-inspired menu items like the Tradicional de Albondigas soup, a classic 1850s meatball soup with squash, other vegetables and seasonings such as cumin and oregano. Casa de Reyes offers many combination plates that allow diners to sample their favorites including tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, chili rellenos and camarones al mojo de ajo. A big sizzling fajita plate with various meats is also a good choice.

The restaurant opens daily at 10 a.m. and serves breakfast until 2 p.m. everyday, so it's also a great place to get huevos rancheros.

 If you like tequila, head to Casa de Reyes on the second Friday of each month for their tequila tasting events.