Don Chido will take over the old Fred’s Mexican Cafe space this May
What happens when you combine nightlife entertainment pros with a top chef and a dining/hospitality expert?
Something magical, and in San Diego, that magic comes in the form of Gaslamp Mexican eatery.
This May, get ready for Don Chido, a spirited Mexican restaurant taking over the old Fred’s Mexican Café space by RMD Group (FLUXX, Side Bar, F6ix), Ken Lovi (founder and CEO of The Knotty Barrel) and renowned Chef Antonio Friscia (Gaijin Noodle + Sake House, Campine, etc).
This first step into San Diego’s culinary scene for the RMD Group will take on handcrafted Mexican cuisine in an inviting, 4,000 square-foot space. Menu highlights include smoked shrimp cockteles (Mexican shrimp, cucumber, diced tomatillo, white onion, jugo de tomate, lime and cilantro); tacos al pastor (fire roasted pineapple and achiote marinated pork shoulder), enchiladas de mole (housemade corn tortillas, chicken mole, soffritto rice, garnished with cotija cheese, lime, shredded lettuce, radish and crema) and the Don Chido Especiale (wood fire grilled ribeye steak with ancho chili garlic butter, chipotle lime wild Mexican shrimp, charred housemade chorizo, frijoles refritos, avocado, chile rejeno, house-made corn tortillas, charred globe onions and garnished with red guajillo sauce.) Wines and cocktails reflective of Mexico and Spain will be on deck.
Don’t expect a FLUXX-lookalike here. Design details will feature an art wall made of Mexican blankets, star chandeliers and custom maraca wall sconces. Find housemade tortillas at the center Taqueria stand, which plans on staying open late for those on the nighttime taco prowl.
Lunch and dinner will be served daily, 11 a.m. to close in the restaurant and on the patio. A late-night menu will be offered in the lounge.
Don Chido will be located at 527 5th Ave., downtown.