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The 5 Best Mexican Street Tacos in San Diego

May 16, 2017
Best Street Tacos San Diego
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Authentic Mexican street tacos are serious business in San Diego. You’ll find street tacos served in just about every Mexican restaurant in San Diego, but I’m here to help you know where to go. I’ve put together a list of the best (and authentic!) Mexican street tacos in San Diego. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

The 5 Best Street Tacos in San Diego

1. The Taco Stand

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All I can say is…yummm! The Taco Stand is hands down my favorite. Located in beautiful La Jolla, you will rarely find this place without a line. I’ve literally tried just about everything on the menu, and trust me, you really can’t go wrong. Besides the obviously amazing tacos and burritos, the loaded fries are to die for!


The Taco Stand - La Jolla - Best Street Tacos San Diego

2. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

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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.

Oscars Mexican Seafood - Best Street Tacos San Diego

3. Tacos El Gordo

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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.

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Tacos El Gordo - Best Street Tacos San Diego

4. City Tacos

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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.

City Tacos North Park - Best Street Tacos San Diego

5. Tacos Perla

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Also located in North Park (and also featuring a trendy aesthetic) meet Tacos Perla. Here the food is not only tasty, but also 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. You’ll find many unique flavors including El Futbol which includes smoked albacore and green chile pipian (pumpkin seed sauce).

Tacos Perla North Park - Best Street Tacos San Diego

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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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