If you’d like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic Mexican food in an aviation-rich setting, look no further than Casa Machado at San Diego’s Montgomery Field (MYF). For 45 years, the restaurant has served legions of hungry pilots, professionals and area families classic Mexican cuisine from their second story airport location.
Featuring popular favorites such as carnitas, fish tacos and fajitas — and specialities like pollo con mole, camerones chipotle and carne asada — every day is a Mexican fiesta at Casa Machado. Add one of their famous margaritas or a cerveza while enjoying the views of this busy airfield and you’ll have the perfect recipe for an aviation themed holiday.
Commemorating Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, Cinco de Mayo has become a widely recognized day of national pride. Opened in 1937 as Gibbs Field, MYF was renamed after San Diego aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery in 1948. Today – with almost 500 aircraft based at MYF – along with the renowned King Schools, it is a popular and busy GA destination.
“Casa Machado has a fun atmosphere and a great view of the airport and planes from the second floor,” said Gary Paquette, San Diego tech entrepreneur and Air Fare America partner, adding “for pilots and locals who work around the airport, it’s a great meeting place and easily accessible to all.” Two of Gary’s favorite dishes are the Enchiladas de Chipotle, chicken enchiladas ‘with a little kick,’ and Enchiladas con Mole, a great dish with ‘just enough spice to keep you coming back for more.’
Locally owned, Casa Machado is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for brunch. For information, menu or reservations call (858) 292-4716 or visit their website. Address: 3750 John, J. Montgomery Drive, San Diego, CA