Hernandez Hideaway – A Closer Look
The quaint Mexican restaurant hidden by Lake Hodges off the Del Dios Highway has been a North County escape for years. When John Gardener III was arrested at Hernandez Hideaway for the murder of Chelsea King on Sunday, Feburary 28th, Hernandez Hideaway made international headlines.
Originally, the building which Hernandez Hideaway occupies was a stage coach stop, and even rumored as being a brothel many years ago. The building was built around the same time that the Lake Hodges dam was constructed.
When you step into the restaurant and local watering hole you can observe the original architecture which is still intact. The building has also been used for religious purposes in the past, but was finally turned into the Mexican restaurant we know and love in 1972.
Hernandez Hideaway credits itself as the arguable inventor of the Margarita. If you visit Hernandez you can enjoy one of their famous Margaritas which are known for being very strong.
If the drink fits your fancy they even sell the special Hernandez Hideaway Margarita mix you can take home with you.
The restaurant is nestled in the Lake Hodges area and serves as a meeting place for many local groups and friends. On a Saturday afternoon you wouldn’t be surprised to find Harley Davidsons lined up in the dirt parking lot across from the restaurant. Alternatively, you could expect to walk into Hernandez and see families enjoying special time together for Sunday brunch.
The menu at Hernandez is hands down, great Mexican food. As a connoisseur of everything that Mexican food has to offer, I give this restaurant a top rating for their fajitas, tamales and fish dishes.
Their menu is traditional and there is something for every Mexican diner’s pallet. When you order a combo you are served a Mexican cole slaw that is made with apple cider vinegar, fresh cabbage and a few other simple ingredients including sugar. Years ago I was able to talk a waitress into getting me the recipe for their cole slaw so I could make it at home, it’s a delicious and healthy snack that is free of Mayo.
I seek today to shed light on Hernandez Hideaway so this local piece of dinning history is not ruined by the devastating tragedy North County residents have witnessed in the death of Chelsea King.
San Diegan’s have enjoyed the surrounding areas of Lake Hodges with their families for years, this just brings more awareness that the wide open spaces are not to be enjoyed alone.
The San Diego Entertainer sends their condolences and blessings to the family of Chelsea King and everyone that has been affected by this tragedy.