Point Loma Taco Shop Part of Mayor’s Bet – But Just How Will the Burritos Get to Denver?

by on January 15, 2014 · 9 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach, San Diego, Sports

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Juan Ortiz holds a California burrito from Ortiz’s in Point Loma, part of Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s bet with the Denver mayor over Sunday’s game between the Chargers and Broncos. (Photo by Matthew Wood)

When news broke last week that Point Loma’s Ortiz’s Taco Shop would be part of Mayor Todd Gloria’s bet between San Diego and Denver over Sunday’s NFL playoff game, it was news to the Ortiz family.

“We didn’t even know about the bet,” said Juan Ortiz, who has run the restaurant with his brother and parents since 2004.

Alex Roth, a spokesman for Interim Mayor Gloria’s office, said he did some research on social media to find a worthy restaurant for the bet and even checked out the place himself.

 “We just wanted to have food that represented the best Mexican food in San Diego,” he said. “We wanted to make sure it was a product worthy of making a bet. And it was.”

 Ortiz said Gloria also came to eat at the place last Tuesday, which sealed the deal.

“The next thing I knew, my mom says we’re on the news.”

 He said Gloria came in by himself, sat in the back with a folder full of papers and didn’t really talk to anyone. In fact, he wouldn’t have even recognized the interim mayor if he hadn’t just seen a picture of him in an issue of CityBeat he had been reading. Ortiz just laughed when asked how much the city leader tipped – very diplomatic.

 “Honestly, the customers were more excited than we were,” Ortiz said.

 Along with burritos from Ortiz’s, Gloria bet carne asada fries from Lolita’s Taco Shop in Kearny Mesa and deep-fried catfish tacos from Mama Testa Taqueria in Hillcrest.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock only put up some of the city’s best green chili in a bet that seemed a bit lopsided. Of course, the Mile High mayor was probably pretty confident in his city’s chances, since the Broncos were a nine-point favorite. They ended up winning, 24-17.

Apparently the mayor didn’t heed the Rag’s advice to bet some of the city’s finest weed against the best buds from Denver, where it’s now legal.

Now comes the hard part:

How to get the burritos to Denver. Roth said they were in the process of finding the best way to transport the food.

 “We’re still trying to figure out the most efficient way to ship it,” he said. “One way or another, we’ll make it happen. We might freeze it and stick it in some cooler and then Fed Ex it.”

 He said the office has been somewhat sidetracked by tonight’s state of the city address. But this is burritos we’re talking about. Priorities, man!

Gloria already won some goods from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley after the Chargers upset the Bengals in the playoffs the week before. Cincy is sending food samples from three Queen City-based chains: Gold Star Chili, Graeter’s Ice Cream and Montgomery Inn barbecue.

Roth said he hasn’t heard when the city will collect on that bet. “We’re still waiting. We haven’t heard a peep from them.”

No word if the Rag will get any samples from that, but we’ll be sure to pass them on to our dear readers if we get the call.

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avatar Catsmom January 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

As a Denver native, I can tell you the people there will just laugh & then throw it in the garbage. Their Mexican food is far superior to anything here

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avatar obecean January 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Superior–perhaps if you mean it in a Taco Bell sorta way.

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avatar Tyler January 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

I’ve been to CO many times. Good Mexican food (or food in general really) is few and far between. I know dozens of people in CO and not one of them has ever said their Mexican is good, let alone better than here.

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avatar Maynard G Krebs January 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

San Diego has the best Mexican food in the country.

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avatar judi curry January 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

If the Rag gets any of the California Burrito don’t pass it this way. Read my review of a few days ago.

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avatar Cape Maynard January 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Superior? They’d most likely throw it in the trash because the salsa is too hot and there’s no nacho cheese sauce.

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avatar Dave Rice January 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

If you get any Cincinnati-style chili, please don’t pass it along to anyone aside from a certified haz-mat disposal expert…same goes for any Mexican food acquired north of the San Diego County line.

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avatar OB Wood January 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

Wow, who knew we had so many food snobs around here! I’m pretty sure nobody else in Denver is going to claim they have better Mexican food than SD, unless maybe they’ve been hitting some of that newly legalized stuff …

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avatar Derek January 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Mexican food is very different in different regions of the country. The flavors and styles, even when made by folks that came directly from Mexico, will differ according to region and their recipes. It doesn’t make one right or wrong, just different… I enjoy them all and could eat it five days a week!

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