BRACERO COCINA DE RAÍZ
Chef Plascencia champions this cuisine at
his beautiful bilevel eatery in Little Italy,
where beef cheek street tacos, wood-fire
grilled octopus and shrimp ceviche tostadas
with avocado color the menu. Explore the
bounty of Baja wines from Guadalupe Valley
on Bracero’s top-rate wine list.
1490 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy
This bayfront beauty delivers spectacular
skyline views and creative modern Mexican
cuisine. Post up on the patio and savor chef-owner Deborah Scott’s mussels with chorizo,
carne asada nachos or spicy calamari with
880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Chef Trey Foshee from George’s at the Cove
takes on tacos at this colorful coastal eatery in
La Jolla Shores. Try his mahi ceviche tostada,
the michelada-steamed mussels in tomato
broth with wood-grilled bread or the grilled
avocado and creamy corn salad taco on
handmade blue corn tortillas, all perfect with
a margarita after a day at the beach.
2259 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla
Bold, colorful graffiti, eye-catching design,
crafty cocktails and award-winning tacos set
the scene at both outposts of Puesto. Try the
grilled swordfish tacos, or the Mexican Street
Bowl with seasonal fruits and veggies dressed
up with chili, sea salt and lime juice.
1026 Wall St., La Jolla;
789 West Harbor Drive, downtown
THE BLIND BURRO
This lively bar scene and eatery impresses
with its twists on traditional Mexican
cuisine and its outstanding tequila list.
Order up the sweet potato chorizo taquitos
or Baja seafood cocktail with shrimp,
scallops and octopus.
639 J St., downtown
Set in Barrio Logan, near the colorful street
murals of Chicano Park, this lively taco spot
serves up gourmet tacos like tender carnitas
with avocado cream on handmade tortillas.
The Taco de Barrio is stewed beef with nopal
cactus and beans. Fun lowrider and skate
culture decor, murals, communal tables, salsa
bar and more.
2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan
Combine San Diego’s abundance of fresh seafood, pulled-from-the-ground produce
from more than 5,000 farms and the influence of nearby Mexico, and you’ve got a
compelling new cuisine. At the intersection of two cultures, Cali-Baja is a delicious
mix of California seasonal and coastal food with Baja Mediterranean fare, ideally
paired with San Diego and Baja’s exquisite craft beers or boutique wines.
North Park’s hipster spot
whips up a nice mahimahi
taco with mango salsa or
grilled octopus with chile
de árbol sauce. And yes, you
can get crispy crickets as a
3000 Upas St., North Park
This South Park food truck
has a steady line, as devotees
love receiving free fish soup
while waiting for their smoked
marlin tacos or shrimp ceviche
loaded with avocado.
3030 Grape St. South Park
This gas station taco shop offers
up 99-cent fish tacos daily.
820 Birmingham Drive,
Tacos El Panson
This no-frills place is about
smoky meats cooked to
perfection. Try the wood-fire
grilled carne asada cradled
in made-to-order warm
tortillas, or the
off the spit.
4433 El Cajon
Blvd. City Heights