Puesto at The
Whether you’re noshing in San Diego
or taking a trip across the border,
welcome to our wonderful world of
Located at The Headquarters, this trendy
spot blends high design (think graffiti art
and giant hanging planters) with artful
street food. Don’t miss the trio of moles,
mahi mahi tacos (with jalapeño peanut
sauce) and handcrafted tequila libations.
789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown
Locals frequent this friendly Encinitas eatery for its consistently good traditional fare,
daily happy hour and freshly squeezed lime
margaritas that pack a punch.
345 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
LAS CUATROS MILPAS
The line may be long and the menu brief,
but those in the know patiently wait for
rolled tacos, tamales, burritos, chorizo
with eggs, beans and rice at this flourishing
third-generation family business.
1857 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan
BIRRIA CHIVOS & CHEVES
Take the trek to National City for the tastes
of Jalisco and enjoy the signature birria
dish—spiced goat or beef stew cradled in
house-made tortillas—along with spicy
fresh salsas and a friendly crew.
2401 Highland Ave., National City
BEST TACOS IN SAN DIEGO
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
Del Mar and
3000 Upas St.,
3028 University Ave.,
Tacos El Gordo
Chula Vista and
LA ESPECIAL NORTE
This family-owned, low-key cafe is famous for its homemade soups,
especially their Mexican-style chicken soup loaded with tender shredded chicken, cilantro rice and chunks of avocado. Delicious tortilla
soup and plenty of fine traditional fare as well.
644 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia
This Hillcrest gem celebrates Puerto Nuevo-style dining and serves
regional specialties like grilled Baja-style lobster and fresh guacamole prepared tableside in a cantina setting. Try the plantain-crusted
snapper and pomegranate margarita as well.
141 University Ave., Hillcrest
At this Javier
try several of his
salad, beef cheek
tacos and goat