Frugal Foodie: Lolita’s: great food by the ballpark

Bobby Whaley

If you’re going to the ball game, or you forgot to get tickets, Lolitas’s taco shop can be a great place to stop and catch the game or just grab a bite.

Lolitas’s at the Park, located at 202 park blvd. right across the street from petco park. It is the local chains newest establishment, their other shops located throughout the county.

The taco shop has a full mexican menu, with a multitude of burritos, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and more options.

I arrived slightly before noon, while i got a 2 hour parking spot less than a block away, the line was out the door, the lunch rush being filled with everything from suited up business types to concrete caked construction workers.

For a place that was packed and only had two registers for you to order at, I was surprised to be standing in front of the cashier within 5 minutes.
I ordered the only thing on the menu that i didn’t recognize, the Tsunami Burrito.

With a soft drink the massive burrito will bring your tab out to $9.21, and this burrito should be plenty to fill you up even if you are burning a lot of calories.

The Tsunami Burrito is basically a shrimp burrito combined with a carna asada one, taking the best of both worlds as it is loaded with cheese, and lettuce from the carna asada side of the family and then drowned in sauce from its shrimp burrito taking. The combination of the flavors results in a wave of flavors rushing and overwhelming your mouth.

I would have gotten a second one if I hadn’t been so stuffed by the first, the taste is astounding.

However, if you’re allergic to shrimp, or just don’t like huge amounts of sauce, there are many other classic burritos and even some of the more commonly known yet not classic yet styles, such as the 2-1 burrito, which has two taquitos running the length of the burrito as well as all the normal goodies found within a burrito, or the classic california burrito with its well known flavor.

The interior of the shop isn’t huge, however the space is well managed, with each table having enough room to be comfortable, but not wasting space. There are long tables tucked into the back of the eating area for larger parties, and booths lining one exterior wall of the building for those wanting a comfy seat.

There are counter seats right next to the tap for those who want to get their drinks faster during the game.

And happily it won’t matter where you sit since there are plenty of big screen T.V.’s hanging on the walls so you won’t miss a single moment of your sports action.

If you would rather stop on the way home to enjoy the delicious flavors offered by Lolita’s has 4 other locations, two in Chula Vista, one in Bonita and the fourth being in Kearny Mesa.

The first Lolitas opened in 1989, and still stands to this day. it has since incorporated and opened up its other shops, and all 8 members of the farfan family work for the company. The corporation helps out in its communities, donating money to schools and other public organizations.

For more information about Lolitas, visit their website at www.lolitasmexicanfood.com.