El Desayuno (The Breakfast)


The Villa Cantina is a combination of several restaurants I’ve been to in San Diego. First, and foremost is Pokéz, the actual location I’ve described. They hold special nightclub events in addition to their standard restaurant identity. The Villa Cantina’s decor is more like Ranchos Cocina in North Park, and the history I’ve given the restaurant is based on the gone-but-not-forgotten Chuey’s near Chicano Park.

Alfonso Bedoya is the great character actor most famous for his “no stinking badges” line from the movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre. His bandito characterization was so indelible it’s become a cliche and perhaps even a stereotype. Bedoya also made 175 movies in Mexico during his career. A hard-working and durable actor, for sure.

Image in Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Huaraches — Handmade Mexican sandals, constructed with leather straps, soles made from car tires, beloved by hippies everywhere.

Image in Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


Photo by Eric in SF,
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Hector Villa — is a slightly re-arranged take on Heitor Villa-Lobos, the Brazilian composer.

Alicia Waters — Alicia Keys and Muddy Waters. Easy

Vera — is named after the song “The Revenge of Vera Gemini”, by Blue Oyster Cult and co-written with Patti Smith

Paul Barrere is a guitar player in the great band Little Feat. I doubt he’s the same person who ordered takeout from the Villa Cantina.

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