When your first job is working at a Taco Bell, eating tacos becomes somewhat of a lifestyle, especially if one of the perks of the job is FREE food. The fast food chain is far from authentic Mexican food, but since those good old days of working there, my pallet has drastically evolved. I’ve become quite good at finding cheap and delicious food, so in honor of Cinco de Mayo, TCV is sharing 5 of our favorite taco joints in the San Diego area. Check ’em out below!
Pacific Beach Fish House has an amazing blackened salmon salad, which is what I had on my first visit. But since we’re talking tacos, on my next visit I asked the nice young lady behind the counter, “Show me what you got for tacos?” She suggested the TKO Taco, which is a fresh grilled mahi mahi topped with mango salsa. It was incredible!
I can see why Pacific Beach Fish House was voted as one of the best fish tacos in San Diego during a recent fish taco competition.
Puesto, with locations in La Jolla and near Seaport Village at The Headquarters, draws you in with its bold vibrant décor and gorgeous mural in the main dining area. Specializing in Mexican street food made with locally sourced ingredients and sustainable seafood, Puesto features a variety of flavorful, authentic tacos. Start out with the mix and match three —chicken al pastor, chicken verde and the Guadalajara style lamb barbacoa, and go from there. You’ll love it!
Lolita’s Restaurants are family owned casual taco shops located throughout San Diego County. As far as I’m concerned, all of their locations never disappoint. Order both the rolled carne and pollo asada tacos. Serve them up with a side of crisp chips, spicy carrots, guacamole and salsa, and you’re good to go!
When you walk inside of Karina’s Mexican Seafood in Otay Ranch Town Center, you will immediately fall in love with the colorful traditional Mexican art combined with the fun music. Aside from the beautiful decor, the delicious aromas of the spices fill the place, which is a true indication that the food is amazing! While you’re there order the marlin tacos. Muy bueno!
Barrio Logan, is quickly becoming one of San Diego’s reformed popular hot spots. It has a vibrant art scene, cozy coffee shops and of course everybody’s favorite eatery and staple in the community, Las Cuatro Milpas. They’re best known for their chorizo and beans, however—don’t sleep on those tacos! I love the shredded beef taco, but just be prepared to wait in line to get it. Folks drive for miles for a taste of Las Cuatro Milpas!
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