Kensington is a spot to be considered. I’m not talking about the one up near El Cerrito, or the one near Notting Hill in jolly old England. My Kensington is the one at the end of Adams Ave.just east of NormalHeightsand the home hood of San Diegan Jerry Sanders. It’s also home to Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant.
Located at 4050 Adams Ave.in Kensington, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant (http://www.poncesrestaurant.com/why.html) has been serving up more than just good food since 1969; there they offer a real glimpse into the American Dream come true.
Ponce Meza Sr. was born inJalisco,Mexico. He moved to theUnited Statesin 1957 where he began a career in the Culinary Arts at Padrillos Mexican Restaurant inEl Cajon. He learned all the skills needed to operate a successful restaurant. After managing a spot in O.B. he went to his Kensington spot to realize his dream and there he worked every day for thirty years along with his wife Maria to bring to life his American Dream.
After his retirement in 2000 two of their three sons took over operations. They’ve honored their Father’s legacy by continuing his standards of excellent service, quality food, and a genuine sense of community. They hire and retain excellent staff for great customer service. They care about your pleasure in your dining experience.
They open weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 with Sundays closed. They do Happy Hour Margaritas at just $3.00 along with Imported Mexican Beers for the same price. Yes I believe this place is a winner.
As related to readers in the past couple of articles, I have been inside this urban corridor for great cheesecake Bakery goodies 101 or the Incredible Cheesecake Co.; Fine company and sports enthusiasm at Normal Heights sports bar The Ould Sod where… everybody knows your name; and now I hope to feed your soul with fine dining at Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant.
There are plenty of things to do ‘pairings’ with this day trip. They say this part of town is home to many antique shops; they offer 3-4 small parks for nice picnics; and ever so close isSan Diego’sBalboaParkwith fine museums, the zoo and the beauty of our weather to enjoy.
I givePonce’s four of five thumbs ups. Check it out and enjoy life.