Heaps of cheese, guacamole and sour cream are often considered obligatory in Mexican restaurants judging by the frequency they show up on the plate.
El Comal in Third Avenue Village in Chula Vista offers authentic homemade Mexican cuisine.
A comal is a smooth flat griddle.
Mariachi band played and took requests.
Not a typical menu - beef tongue (Lengua) and goat meat (Birria) were listed.
Along with salt, bright-colored spices rimmed the glass and flavored the margarita.
I ordered the Huarache Azteca - thin sandal-shaped platform of maize baked on a comal layered with carne asada, cactus, beans, lettuce, tomato and cotija cheese.
For me, the strips of green cactus stole the show - really delicious and hearty paired with the carne asada.