When most people mention San Diego to me, my mind automatically wanders to thoughts of perfect weather and amazing tacos. In some areas of San Diego, it is impossible to go more than a block without passing a taco shop. Equally difficult if not impossible is rating these taco shops. Local chefs elevated this humble food to a must-have gourmet delight adding various twists or sticking to the south of the border traditions. Here are five taco experiences not to miss while in San Diego.
Lucha Libre Taco Shop
The most interesting taco shop on the list. Lucha Libre translates to “Free Wrestling” in English. This taco shop is a shrine to all things Mexican wrestling. Be sure to bring your appetite because this is no ordinary taco and burrito shop. Lucha Libre Taco Shop is for those who demand wrestler size portions.
South Beach Bar and Grill
South Beach Bar and Grill in Ocean Beach did not invent the fish taco but they have perfected it. Located right on the beach, South Beach Bar and Grill offers grilled Mahi Mahi, shrimp, shark, ceviche, and an assortment of fried fish tacos.
City Tacos located in the North Park District has been creatively reinventing what ingredients go into a taco. Favorites include their borrego taco with pulled lamb and wild mushrooms or the Chile Relleno taco.
Old Town Mexican Cafe
For over thirty years, Old Town Mexican Café y Cantina has elevated the humble tortilla to new heights. The house-made tortillas are addicting and worth the trip.
Tacos El Gordo
If you make just one stop on this list, make sure it is Tacos El Gordo for the most authentic street taco experience. Tacos El Gordo started in Tijuana BC in 1972, they quickly gained a cult following. In 1998, Tacos El Gordo opened up additional shops north of the border in San Diego.
What do you think? Did we leave your favorite taco shop off the list?