Operating two long-standing Sacramento-area locations, the first of which opened in 1962, Carmelita’s arrived in San Diego and settled in Park 12, the sprawling mixed-use development at Park Boulevard and 12th Avenue across from Petco Park. Founded by Alberto and Carmen Heredia, the restaurants are now run by their son Clemente and his wife Rosalba.
Named after the matriarch of the Carmelita family, the restaurant and bar still serve dishes based on her recipes, such as carnitas, as well as traditional specialties from Puebla and central Mexico, including a red pozole made with chili peppers guajillo and tacos from Mexico. Offering lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, the restaurant also serves a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that includes chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, morning enchiladas, and plenty of margaritas.
The 3,200 square foot restaurant joins Park 12’s existing lineup of tenants, which includes Achilles Coffee and the new East Village Brewing Company, whose owners are Ballast Point veterans, as well as CVS, F45 Fitness, Sol Collective Yoga and PureStudio. Fairs.
Urban Strategies Group Andrew Shemirani tells Eater that Park 12 will also be home to Choi’s Korean, which is slated to open later this year. Bringing downtown its first Korean fried chicken restaurant, the restaurant will also serve bibimbap, bulgogi and a variety of anju, or snacks like kimchi and seafood fritters that are usually paired with Korean cocktails. made from soju and makgeolli. Shemirani says there is still a restaurant lease available, for a 2,400 square foot space with a large patio facing the baseball stadium.