Sure, if you’re staying in San Diego on business, you could blow your expense account on the $250 tasting menu at Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Or for about 100 times less than that, you could be chowing down on some of San Diego’s signature tacos.
And you don’t even have to wait for Tuesday. Every day of the week can be Taco Tuesday when you’re this close to the border. Here, we offer a week’s worth of options.
789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego
Puesto has two locations, one in La Jolla and this one downtown in The Headquarters at Seaport. This upscale fast-casual eatery serves made-to-order authentic Mexican food with fresh ingredients. The menu has a variety of taco fillings: chicken, pork, filet mignon, lamb, tuna, lobster – and octopus! Vegetarians can choose potato soy chorizo or zucchini and cactus.
2196 Logan Ave., San Diego
¡Salud! brings the Mexican street food of The San Diego Taco Company, a caterer, to the Barrio Logan neighborhood near the Coronado Bridge and Naval Base San Diego. Every day (except Monday when they’re closed) you can get a breakfast taco with chorizo until noon. The Tuesday special: 3 tacos for $5! And you can wash them down with “hooch” horchata.
1775 Garnet Ave., San Diego
Fish tacos are synonymous with San Diego, so why not hit a fish shop midweek to try them? The Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s menu is uniquely tailored – guests choose a type of fish, marinade and style (including taco, of course) to create their own plate. Especially popular is the award-winning TKO Taco with grilled mahi-mahi marinated in a Fish Shop seasoning topped with a mango salsa.
2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla
Tacos go a bit more upscale at this spot, brought to you by the executive chef at nearby George’s at the Cove in ritzy La Jolla. The special touch here is house-made masa (dough), created from Mexican heirloom corn that is cooked, steeped and ground every day, then hand-pressed into tortillas. All that hard work will set you back $5.50 or $6, which may seem a bit pricey for a taco, but this is La Jolla after all. Galaxy also has non-taco entrees in the $20-25 range.
1810 W. Washington St., San Diego
The theme here is luchadores, the masked Mexican wrestlers. The original Mission Hills location was founded by three brothers, born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, with their mother making the salsas. You can start your day with breakfast tacos, scarf down a Surf and Turf (steak and shrimp) for lunch, then come back Friday night until 2:30 a.m. for a taco nightcap. With 24 hours’ notice, you can even reserve the gold Champion’s Booth.
689 H St., Chula Vista
Tacos El Gordo has become famous for being the closest thing to Tijuana-style tacos without crossing the border. Its taco de adobada (spiced pork) is a favorite, though more adventurous eaters might want to try the cabeza (beef head) or buche (pork stomach). Oh, and why come here Saturday? Because the San Diego location, just 5 miles from Mexico, is open till 2 a.m., while the Chula Vista venue keeps going until 4 a.m.
2050 S. Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Time for a Sunday drive. Head about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego for Bull Taco at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Situated atop a cliff inside San Elijo State Beach, Bull Taco’s patio deck offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. The tacos here are billed as “inauthentic Mexican” with options like the SBC (shrimp, bacon and chorizo) and the California (tater tots and guacamole). If you want to continue your drive, head a couple more miles north on the Coast Highway to hit the Encinitas location.
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