La Posta (3rd/Washington)

San Diego, CA

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based on 10 reviews
8.5   highly recommended

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    Score: 7 / 10    Reviewed by: sticky_pudding

    There’s always a crowd hanging around this place, even at 3 AM, and while part of that may be due to the liquor store parking lot locale, I figured the food had to be pretty good to win out over the other nearby taco shops.
    My first visit yielded a slightly disappointing bean and cheese, considering the reviews here.

    They lard everything - heavily. This usually isn’t a complaint, but it was excessive. Right off the bat it got a little unbearable for the beans; they were literally soaked in grease. Same goes for the tortilla, I assume because they use the same pan for cooking them as for cooking meats (sure tastes like it, which is a good thing, but a shiny tortilla is more than a little off-putting.)
    Cheese is pretty standard, though I found it to be an unusually vibrant shade of orange. Tasted a little off, but certainly adequate, and it seemed to take some of the focus off of the over-greased beans. The beans were good, really they were, and there was a nice little touch of tiny bits of green onions, but that lard was mighty heavy. I suspect it might have been a one night thing; I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here. Overall, it had a lot of flavor, nice and meaty and lardy, but not much like beans or cheese. The hot sauce was (like the cheese, oddly enough) a little too orange for me, and unremarkable in taste.
    Eh.. I give it a 7. Like I said, I was just expecting it to be a little more than that, but a 7 is certainly an adequate and tasty burrito, make no mistake.
    I guess I was just expecting the voyage through the gaggle of drunks to be a little more thrilling that that.

    posted by sticky_pudding on 4/21/2009 6:43 PM #

    Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: NortonNice

    La Posta seems to be a right of passage for people staying in San Diego. I've tried a lot of the items on their menu, and would get any of them again without a doubt. I keep coming back to the chicken burrito. Moist dark and light meat with sauteed green bell peppers and onions, and some flavorful stewed tomatoes. Tortilla is very hot and so is everything inside. The ingredients are well integrated in this burrito.
    La Posta also gets top marks for their wonderful hot sauce. A peppery orange sauce with a ton of garlic and a nice kick. One of my favorite sauces, bar none.
    Open 24 hours a day, La Posta offers a colorful ambiance complete with strung out homeless folks, loads of locals with the munchies, sassy, burrito lovin' drag queens, and physicians from the nearby hospital. All seating is outdoor.
    One caveat: While sevice is always very friendly, they very rarely find time to wipe off the tables.
    The simple chicken burrito is a good gauge for the quality that you will find at La Posta.

    posted by NortonNice on 11/1/2007 9:02 AM #

    Score: 9.5 / 10    Reviewed by: jbox89cut

    La Posta is one of the best burrito places I've have ever been. The only burrito I have ever had at La Posta is probably the most basic of them all, the bean burrito. I don't what it is, but it is pretty damn delicious. When I first had I recognized how good it tasted, and the next few days after that I felt a hankerin' for another one.

    posted by jbox89cut on 8/31/2007 8:55 PM #

    Score: 8 / 10    Reviewed by: jjferrari (Boston, MA)

    Ah many a drunken night had caught me here for some last minute sustinance. The California burrito is great, although I do think they use too much tomato in the guacamole. Always someone you meet you havent seen in years too! I know that has nothing to do with the food, but, it is a reason so many people end up here. The food is great

    posted by jjferrari on 12/17/2006 8:38 PM #

    Score: 8 / 10    Reviewed by: Carpenter

    La Posta gets a few extra points for providing me with my Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving evening. Don't ask me why I was alone eating a burrito for Thanksgiving, that's a whole 'nother counry song.

    Anyway, La Posta on Washington is about as reliable a place as you're going to find. My burrito came wrapped in paper, with two salsa cups that were a bit watery but spicy and flavourful.

    The burrito itself (California, of course) was decent- but a bit on the bland side. Everything was there: the tortilla was warm, and seemed relatitvely fresh, but the whole package together seemed a bit empty. Maybe that emptiness was my heart or soul as I sat alone reading the Wall Street Journal with a 22oz of Malt Liquor, missing my recently dumped girlfriend and pining for a family....

    hmmm, this is about burrito's, right? Not me? Ok, give it an 8 because it's always there and always the same- just never (from what I've seen yet) perfect.

    posted by Carpenter on 11/26/2006 6:27 PM #

    Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: rockamole (San Mateo, CA)

    I discovered La Posta in the early 90s when I was doing volunteer work at nearby Continental Hospital. This became a place that my and my buds would head up the hill to after wasting time down at Gelato Vero on India Street. La Posta hasn't failed to disappoint - from the rolled tacos with cheese and guac - one of things I hate not being able to find in NoCal - and the Carne Asada - this place is solid and not terribly greasy. For such a small little building, they turn out out some huge food!

    Indeed you may run into a drunk/bum/tranny as you wait for your food, but that's what you get in Hillcrest.

    After that Christmas Brunch...when the hunger finally hits you again late night this is one of the few places you'll find open.

    Why settle for that "4th meal" BS when you got La Posta?

    posted by rockamole on 11/16/2006 11:35 AM, updated on 11/20/2006 9:38 PM #

    Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: jpcarnegie

    One of the finest in a fine line of 24-hour Mexican food stands in the area. This one does everything right... tasty food with not TOO much grease, good prices, and larger portions. Went with a simple bean and cheese burrito on the inaugural visit, and it was bursting with ingredients and flavor. Great hot sauce in the standard little cups. If you're up late nursing a buzz, you could definitely do much, much worse than La Posta.

    Here's the official scoop from the San Diego Reader:
    People have been coming to this orange-and-white drive-through-without-cars for 20 years. One of the main reasons is the carne asada burritos. Rich-tasting, fresh, generous. Folks sit around the outside benches right next to Washington Street, oblivious to the traffic. Also much loved here are the chile verde and the quesadilla with carne asada. For breakfast, think chorizo burrito. And for value, just to fill you up, you can't beat the bean tostada. You can drink horchata, a rice drink, or jamaica, made from hibiscus flower, to complete the picture.

    posted by jpcarnegie on 11/5/2006 12:50 AM, updated on 11/12/2006 11:20 AM #

    Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: Philosophian (San Diego, CA)

    Best carne asada burrito in the known universe. Al pastor to die for. Not the best of everything, but no place is. La Posta is the epitome of SoCal Antojito cuisine in the taco shop format. No indoor seating. Fight the bums and drunken drag queens for a seat. If you can handle the scene this places rocks. I've been eating there twenty years!

    posted by Philosophian on 10/29/2006 10:08 PM #

    Score: 7 / 10    Reviewed by: oropeza

    Center of the known Diegoverse. You stand here long enough - and standing at the shiny metal bar is the only way to fly - and you'll see all of Diego flow through, from Big Dick Murphy to the grizzled bum who cruises around Mission Hills with his Love Boat captain's hat. Pony up the four bucks and get a breakfast burrito - eggs, bacon, potatoes and cheese, serious post-booze yum - or a Machito burrito. Or just go black beans - everything is gread-laden and delicious with a few of those tubs of hot sauce. I've lived down the street for the last five years and have probably eaten here more often between midnight and six AM than during the day.

    posted by oropeza on 1/21/2006 6:14 PM #

    Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: brianoblivion

    This place is owned by Satan himself. Who else but the Dark Lord of Hell would operate such a pit of bestial revery. Only the most hardened of Burritophiles should dare to tread up to La Posta's counter. A small, dark cabana in the parking lot of a liquor store, La Posta is best enjoyed when the dozens of bars and gay discos in Hillcrest turn on their lights and release the swine into the streets to feed at this trough of carniverous delights. I've been hit on, threatened, screamed at and more at this place yet I kept going back for more. The Carne Asada is all you really need to know about when you come here, although if your up to it, the California Burrito will tempt you as well (Rookies: A Cali Burrito is a carne asada burrito with fries, sour cream, and cheese).

    WARNING: Vegetarians will be rolled up in a tortilla and eaten. They lard the tortillas, beans and rice.

    posted by brianoblivion on 10/19/2005 5:04 PM #

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    La Posta (3rd/Washington)
    3980 3rd Ave
    San Diego, CA 92103
    (619) 295-8982

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