Karina’s Offers Free Burritos to First Responders


To show appreciation for our local first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego-based hospitality firm Karina’s Group will offer firemen, policemen, hospital medical staff, EMTs, and paramedics free burritos today (March 24, 2020) through the end of the month from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations in Bonita (89 Bonita Rd, 619-651-1000) and National City (1705 Highland Ave, 619-477-8877).

First responders simply need to show their credentials to receive a free carnitas, fish or sautéed vegetable burrito. Calling ahead to order is recommended but walk-ups are also welcome.

Karina’s Group partner David Contreras Curiel said, “During these difficult and uncertain times, it’s the least we can do for first responders who are putting their lives at risk daily to assist in this fight.”

Karina’s Group operates numerous restaurants throughout San Diego county including multiple Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations, Karina’s Ceviches & More, Karina’s Taco Shop, Saffron Thai, Savoie Italian Eatery and Taka Sushi. Like so many other establishments in the industry, Karina’s Group operations have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While several of its restaurants have had to temporarily close, the group continues to serve the community and maintain staff with takeout services at: Saffron Thai (3737 India Street, San Diego, 619-574-7737, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily), Karina’s Ceviches & More (3731 India Street, Encinitas, 760-633-3300, open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday), Karina’s Taco Shop (916 N Highway 101, San Diego, 619-255-5900, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily), Karina’s Mexican Seafood in Bonita (89 Bonita Road, 619-651-1000, open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily), Karina’s Mexican Seafood in National City (1705 Highland Avenue, 619-477-8877, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday).

About Karina’s Group
In 1981, Arnulfo Contreras and his wife, Maria Ines Curiel, opened a small but ambitious restaurant in Spring Valley in the hope of providing a better life for their six children. Named for their eldest daughter Karina, this location closed when the family chose to expand the brand into a San Diego County-spanning group that now encompasses numerous Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations, Karina’s Taco Shop and Karina’s Ceviches & More as well as Savoie Italian Eatery in Otay Ranch Town Center, Su-Mei Yu’s iconic Saffron Thai in Mission Hills and Taka Sushi in downtown San Diego.