TACOS EL GORDO
This is as close as you’ll get to Tijuana
street tacos without a passport. Get
the adobada (spicy pork) or Azteca
with grilled beef and cactus. They
have three locations, including a new
taqueria in the Gaslamp Quarter.
The famous Bonita restaurant
showcasing Cali-Baja cuisine just
opened a second location in Little
Italy. Try the fideo tacos and grilled
octopus, and don’t miss the Caesar salad made tableside.
This 70-year-old restaurant in Mission
Hills claims to have invented taquitos
(also called rolled tacos). Try a plate of
them covered in cheese and guacamole,
and don’t forget the tortilla chips.
AQUI ES TEXCOCO
They specialize in flavorful lamb
barbacoa and were featured on the
Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. It’s
also the only place in town that has
freshly made pulque, a fermented
drink from the maguey plant.
This neighborhood spot in Normal
Heights has an extensive tequila
collection. The simple margaritas and
carnitas tacos are outstanding.
LAS CUATRO MILPAS
Locals love this no-frills Barrio Logan
institution for the pinto beans, fried
tacos, tamales and handmade flour
tortillas. Don’t let the line deter you—
it moves quickly.
1875 LOGAN AVE.
At this Old Town landmark, you can
watch tortillas being made by hand
while you sip a giant margarita and
enjoy live music from a mariachi band.
Find new-wave tacos topped with
crispy melted cheese, appetizers like
watermelon pickled in mezcal, and creative cocktails served among hip decor.
San Diego has arguably
some of the best Mexican
food in the country. Here’s
a guide to some of the not-to-miss restaurants.
The California Burrito
It’s not authentically Mexican, but it is a wonderful
food mashup that’s native to San Diego: a carne
asada burrito stuffed with fries. Find it at the famous
Lucha Libre in Mission Hills and North Park, or
many other taco shops around the city.
Cali-Baja regional cuisine is
a perfect blend of the best
of Baja and Southern Cali-
fornia. Think fresh seasonal
produce from more than
5,000 San Diego County
farms and succulent sea-
food from the Pacific
Ocean and Sea of Cortez,
all in concert with Mexi-
can culinary traditions and
salsas, and you’ve got one