Mexican Street tacos are serious business in San Diego. Completely different than the traditional homemade tacos you might have eaten growing up; hard shell tacos, ground beef, and packaged taco seasoning mix. Real Mexican tacos are not just a tasty bite to eat, but instead a popular street food that runs deep in Mexican culture. Around San Diego you’ll find street tacos served in just about every Mexican restaurant around the city, but the real gems can’t help but to rise to the top.
Being quite the street taco critic, I have meticulously chosen my top 5 favorite street tacos in San Diego:
The Taco Stand
All I can say is…yummm! The Taco Stand is hands down my favorite. Located in beautiful La Jolla, you will rarely be able to order without a line. I’ve literally tried just about everything on the menu, and trust me when I say, you really can’t go wrong. Besides the obviously amazing tacos and burritos, the loaded fries are to die for!
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
Oscar’s is a small chain with a few locations around San Diego. I’ve had people argue that this one is their favorite, and if you’re more into fish tacos, then maybe. Don’t forget to try the green and pink cream sauce! You’ll want to pour it all over your tacos.
Tacos El Gordo
This no frills fast-food-esque taqueria is AH-MAZING. Originating in Tijuana, Mexico, and now available in two locations in Chula Vista, Tacos El Gordo rarely doesn’t have a line. Not only do they serve great tacos, but also offer free grilled onions and peppers on the side! For an added bonus, I love that the fountain drinks include Mexican sodas and agua fresca like horchata and jamaica.
Located in trendy North Park, City Tacos is the hipster taqueria! This place is very innovative with their menu, and you’ll want to order everything “just to try it” because they’re all pretty unique. Some call outs are the Chorizo Asado with caramelized pineapple and the Bunuelo dessert taco featuring cinnamon and sugar, flambeed granny apples and raisins, and topped with cream cheese and caramel.
Also located in North Park, and also featuring a trendy aesthetic, Tacos Perla is not only tasty but a fun atmosphere. The tortillas here are a bit thicker than I’m normally used to, but they are clearly made in-house which I like. There are many unqiue flavors here including El Futbol which includes smoked albacore and green chile pipian (pumpkin seed sauce).
Over to you! Where do you go for street tacos in San Diego?