How can you not love a place called Porkyland? Our venture into this new land began with a car pool to La Jolla, not generally known for its ample parking. It turned out to be a pretty smart move since Porkyland is nestled in a tiny shopping center off of North Torrey Pines Road. There are only about 20 parking spots there, so either get there early or be prepared for a little exercise. You’ll need it anyway after the 20lb burrito they’re gonna feed you!
Getting there early is a good idea anyway since the place gets loaded pretty quick. We arrived a noon straight up with only about 5 people ahead of us. After that, the onslaught from the parochial school around the corner and other ravenous lunchers get a bit thick. Quite an eclectic crowd too. From the uniformed kids, to construction crews, this place appeals to everyone. Porkyland does a brisk take out business, so even if there’s not a line out front, that doesn’t mean there aren’t 10 orders ahead of you…but well worth the wait.
The small space works pretty efficiently and there are several things you can purchase besides just lunch. Bags of massive and Frisbee sized homemade tortillas are there along with several homemade salsas from mild to wild. Grab a bag of the chips to take home. The family will love you for it.
The aforementioned carne asada burrito is truly a beast requiring a firm grip and unhinging of the jaw. Once you get yourself around it, be prepared to bust into a big old satisfied smile. This thing is delicious and one of the best in town, especially if you’re brave enough to douse it with their fiery salsa. The shredded chicken quesadilla is a show stopper on a tortilla that is literally about 16 inches in diameter before they fold it over a generous helping of delicious cheese and chicken. There were about 3 inches of empty tortilla around the edge and at first glance it was a little disappointing. After downing the whole thing, be very glad it wasn’t filled to the brim.
The “wet” tamales were the specialty of the day with wet referring to a healthy dose of sour cream and homemade guacamole reaching up to the rafters. These are no street corner tamales. You know the kind with mostly corn meal and a little glimpse of protein? These babies were chocked full of pork, chicken or beef with no skimping whatsoever.
Unable to move after our feast, the Chimichangas, Tostadas and Tacos will just need to wait for another day. Porkyland also caters and with a broad selection of combinations at killer prices.
Overall, you can pretty much plan to get out of there for less than 20 bucks and that is for two big eaters. Seating inside is almost non-existent and the tables outside fill quickly so you may end up waiting to get home or just go for it in the car. Bring your Tide stain stick since these portions have a tendency to make it to places besides your mouth. No complaints on that one!
Porkyland is great for everyone and fits into just about any budget. Word also has it that their tortillas and salsa can be found at your local Costco. Grab a bunch while you’re there or better yet, make the trek to Porkyland. It is truly a land that delivers!
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- City: La Jolla
- Phone: 909-262-5854
- Name: Porkyland
- Address: 1030 Torrey Pines Road #B