For Halloween they made specially colored chips; For Thanksgiving they offered Pumpkin Fruit Burritos and for Christmas they offered Pineapple Sweet Tamales and Masa Tamales. All of these dishes have proven to be among the favorites for their customers so continuing the tradition just makes sense. What’s fun about El Indio is that they make most of their own products so getting creative is easy.
It all started in 1940 when the original owner, Ralph Pesqueira Sr. started as a tortilla factory with no intention of having a restaurant. He was very happy to make tortillas for other restaurants, but they were so successful that things developed in the direction of opening a restaurant.
Workers at the nearby Convair plant talked Ralph Sr. into making them some lunch items. They liked the tortillas so much that they wanted more. That was the birth of what is now known as the “taquito” which means little taco.
The tortillas were so popular that Ralph Sr. had to do something to increase production. He could only make 30 dozen tortillas per day and the demand was great. In 1945 he invented a machine to automate the process and could now make 30 dozen tortillas per hour in his basement. It seems at that point that the die was cast and in 1947 he moved to their current location at 3695 India St., San Diego, CA 92103.
What sets this San Diego Mexican Restaurant apart from the others is that they make most of their dishes fresh in house and they continue with the same Sonora style cooking they started with. Their food is traditional Mexican dishes with some unique changes that they’ve discovered to improve each dish.
When Ralph Jr. was still small he started working behind the counter for his dad and in 1981 he took over management of the business. Of course it figures that Ralph Jr. will pass the business along to his daughters so they are being groomed to take over the helm and continue the family tradition.
Known around the world for their authentic Mexican food, El Indio is very popular with service men and women who have received care packages while serving their country in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam. They often visit the restaurant when in San Diego to say thanks and taste the food first hand at this San Diego Mexican Restaurant.
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