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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$14 - $35
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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meals, features

Menu

APPETIZERS
La Pachanga (chicken or beef)
Favorites consisting of: flautas, mini tacos, 1 quesadilla, mini chimichanga, surrounding a bed of refried beans. Served with sour cream, guacamole and salsa fresca
USD 15.75
Nachos
Chips and cheese on a bed of refried beans, topped with tomatoes, onions and jalapeños. Served with sour cream and guacamole
USD 12.25
With Chicken or Beef USD 14.9
Guacamole Dip
Chips and cheese served with guacamole
USD 10.75
Bean Dip
Chips and cheese on a bed of refried beans
USD 9.2
With Chorizo USD 9.8
Chips & Cheese
Chips topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese
USD 7.5
Cheese Crisp
USD 7.35
With Tomato and Green Onions USD 7.7
Flautas (chicken or beef)
(3) Crispy rolled corn or flour tortilla tacos, topped with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream and chile cheese
USD 10.4
Quesadilla
Soft flour tortilla filled with Monterey Jack cheese
USD 7.35
With Tomatoes and Green Onions USD 7.7
Corn Quesadillas
Two soft corn tortillas filled with Monterey Jack cheese and green chiles. Served with a side of salsa fresco
USD 8.95
Queso Fundido
Mexican style cheese fondue topped with chorizo. Served with frijoles de la olla, salsa fresca, and choice of tortillas
USD 12.55
SOUPS
Served with Tortillas
Chicken and Rice
with Cilantro, Onions & Avocado
Small USD 8.05
Large USD 10.15
Albondigas
Mexican meat balls
Small USD 8.05
Large USD 10.15
Fideo
angel hair pasta
Small USD 8.05
Large USD 10.15
Menudo
tripe & hominy
Small USD 8.05
Large USD 10.15
Chicken Tortilla
Small USD 8.05
Large USD 10.15
LUNCHEON SPECIAL
Luncheon Special
Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Choose one of the following: chicken, beef or pork burrito; cheese, beef, pork or chicken enchilada; bean, beef, pork or chicken tostada; beef, chicken or guacamole taco. Plus: rice & beans, and One 12 oz. Well margarita, one draft beer or soft drink
USD 13.75
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Monday through Friday, 5:00 p. m. - 6:30 p.m. Made with carne or chicken asada, shrimp or fish add $2.50 per item. Served with rice and beans ((refried or frijoles de la olla) - $13.30. Create your own two item combination plate from the following:
Taco, Tostada, Burrito, Enchilada
chicken, shredded beef, pork, cheese or bean
USD 15.4
Chile Relleno
cheese only
Tamale
pork only
TRADICIONALES DE FIDEL'S
Carne Asada
Thinly sliced seasoned steak, grilled with onions, bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with guacamole, salsa fresca, rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 20.75
Chicken Asada
Thinly sliced seasoned, boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled with onions, bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with guacamole, salsa fresca, rice and choice of beans
USD 20.75
Carnitas
Tender chunks of lean pork, deep fried, served with frijoles de la olla, guacamole, cilantro, onions, salsa cruda and tortillas
USD 18
Machaca (chicken, shredded beef or pork)
Choice of above meat, scrambled with eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and spices. Served with rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 18
Huevos Rancheros
Mildly seasoned sauce with green chiles, tomatoes and onions served over three eggs. Served with rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 16.85
Chorizo con Huevos
Spicy Mexican sausage finely ground, scrambled with eggs, onions and tomatoes. Served with rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 16.85
Pescado Ranchero
Grilled fish, topped with semi-spicy Ranchero sauce. Served with rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 20.75
Fajitas (choice of beef, chicken, shrimp or mixed)
Marinated, tender strips of beef or chicken breast, grilled with green onions and yellow chiles. Topped with sliced avocado and tomatoes. Served with rice and choice of beans and tortillas
USD 20.75
Nopales
Nopal cactus prepared in a spicy tomato and chile serrano sauce, topped with Monterey Jack cheese. dinners include rice, choice of beans and tortillas. Also, your choice of shredded beef, pork or chicken. With carne, chicken asada or shrimp add $2.75 per item
USD 16.8
Calabacitas
Sliced zucchini, mildly seasoned in a tomato, onion, and green chile sauce, topped with Monterey Jack cheese. dinners include rice, choice of beans and tortillas. Also, your choice of shredded beef, pork or chicken. With carne, chicken asada or shrimp add $2.75 per item
USD 16.8
COMBINACIONES
Made with carne or chicken asada, shrimp or fish add $2.50 per item. Served with rice and choice of beans - $14.85. Create your own two item combination plate from the following:
Taco, Tostada, Burrito, Enchilada
chicken, shredded beef, pork, cheese or bean
USD 17.2
Chile Relleno
cheese only
Tamale
pork only
ESPECIALES DE FIDEL'S
Tostada Suprema (chicken, shredded beef, or pork)
Deep-fried flour tortilla covered with refried beans and Monterey Jack cheese. Topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, green onions, sour cream, guacamole and chile cheese
USD 16.4
Half Tostada Suprema USD 13.75
Chimichanga (chicken or beef)
Deep-fried flour tortilla burrito, topped with sour cream, guacamole and salsa fresca. Served with rice and choice of beans
USD 13.7
Super Quesadilla (chicken, beef or pork)
Soft flour tortilla filled with Monterey Jack cheese, fresh tomatoes, green onions, topped with lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. Served with rice and choice of beans
USD 15.8
Torta
chicken, beef, carne asada, milanesa, machaca or chorizo con huevos. Fresh Mexican roll (Telera) filled with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and guacamole. Served with fries
USD 13.75
Carne or Chicken Asada Taco
Soft corn tortilla filled with seasoned carne or chicken asada, lettuce and guacamole. Served with salsa fresca, rice and choice of beans
USD 13.35
Carne or Chicken Asada Burrito
Soft flour tortilla filled with seasoned carne or chicken asada. Topped with Monterey Jack cheese. Served with a scoop of guacamole, salsa fresca, rice and choice of beans
USD 14.3
Sopes (chicken, beef, pork or chorizo)
Thick corn tortillas, fried soft, then topped with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. Served with rice and choice of beans
USD 14.9
Chile Relleno
A whole green chile, filled with Monterey Jack cheese dipped in egg batter and lightly fried. Topped with sliced bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and sauce. Served with rice and choice of beans
USD 14.9
Milanesa
Skinless, boneless breast of chicken, mildly seasoned, lightly breaded and deep fried. Choice of fries or beans and rice. Served with Mexican cabbage salad and salsa fresca
USD 16.4
Crab Burrito
Soft flour tortilla filled with 100% crab meat sautéed with tomatoes and onions, topped with Monterey Jack cheese and a spicy tomatillo sauce. Served with a scoop of sour cream, rice and choice of beans
USD 16.05
A-LA CARTES
TACOS
Chicken, Shredded Beef, Pork or Guacamole
USD 6.5
Carne or Chicken Asada
USD 7.5
Carnitas
USD 7.5
Fish
USD 7.5
Shrimp
grilled or deep fried
USD 7.9
ENCHILADAS
enchilada-red or spicy tomatillo sauce-green
Chicken
USD 7.3
Shredded beef
USD 7.3
Pork
USD 7.3
Cheese
USD 7.3
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

I've been here a few times and should have written a review a long time ago. This is one of those restaurants you're likely to find out about from word of mouth because it's highly unlikely you'll pass by. A friend of mine years ago...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020

Great food, atmosphere and service at Fidels. We were there on a Friday night with a group of 9 people. We were seated right away in our preferred location, received excellent food and service while having a chance to talk and catchup. Will go back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

The food and building is very authentic! You walk into the building, and it is a series of stairs and turns to various rooms with tables... it's a great look! Our server was very helpful as he gave us his recommendations, and brought us some...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Our food came with flavorful salsa and warmed chips. My carne asada burrito was good, not overly flavorful. My cadillac margarita was average. For such a large number of servers, the wait staff was inattentive. It took a long time to place our drink order,...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 22, 2019

The barrel-aged marg. is outstanding, the food is good and the atmosphere is like an old hacienda. (actually, it was) I had a birthday there and it was well accommodated in all respects. Service and food are excellent. It is not hip or modern, just...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2019

Fidel's serves large portions of very good Mexican food. The restaurant has numerous rooms and outdoor seating. Good place for lunch or dinner.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2019

Real Mexican food that was real good. They were very kind about accommodating our large party (had reserved for 12, then increased to 14, and ultimately had 15). Service was efficient, portion size generous.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

This was well recommended the owner of the VRBO that we stayed at. Just off the main drag on Stevens and down a neighborhood side street, this place is really cool. I should mention there are literally 3 Mexican restaurants similar to this place within...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

Our family ate here frequently for more than 30 years and always took friends and family from the east coast looking for the best Mexican - all despite the hour drive to get there. It's been there since 1948 and gradually added rooms as it...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

A group of us go to the Del Mar Race Track several times during the season and always hit up Fidels afterwards. We have NEVER been disappointed, excellent food and awesome drinks are, well, NORMAL!!! If it works don't fix it right?? Here's how we...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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MissRobin27
September 10, 2019|
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Response from PJJ33 | Reviewed this property |
It is very casual as there is both outdoor and indoor seating. So, shorts and shirts are acceptable. Remember, it is San Diego!
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Nanci W
October 2, 2015|
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Yes! My wife is on a GF diet and found great selections to include a crab entree!
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