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You wouldn’t dare go to France without trying a croissant, escargots, macaroons, or cheese, right? A similar rule applies to San Diego, but with tacos. It would be a crime not to have a delicious combination of thoughtfully paired ingredients wrapped in a soft flour or corn tortilla. If you’re in San Diego, visitor or local, I highly recommend adding taco tasting/indulging/experiencing to your to do list. With so many taco stands roaming the streets of this Spanish Influenced city, how is one supposed to know where to go??

Try Multiple Salsa Flavors at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

At Oscar’s they use fresh local ingredients to create each taco. What customers love most about Oscar’s is their variety of salsas you can try! We recommend trying every salsa until you find what you like best, or if you’re a dipper, like I am, switching up the salsa on each bite.

Location Pacific Beach and Hillcrest
Fan Favorite: Beet-Battered Fish Tacos
Cost:$1.99/taco; Monday-Thursday 2:30- 5:30 $.99/taco
TIP They only accept cash at their Pacific Beach location.

Try a Sweet and Savory Taco at Puesto


The great part about taco’s is that whether you’re a big or small eater there is no limit on the quantity of tacos you can order. When going to Puesto’s I recommend coming hungry in order try as many tacos as possible. They too offer a large selection of salsa’s, but each taco is paired with a fruity refreshing salsa mixing sweet and savory perfectly.

Location La Jolla and Downtown
Fan Favorite: Zucchini and Cactus Tacos
Cost 3 tacos for $11
TIP Try their Frozen Horchata for a tradition sweet Spanish dessert

Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill has Fresh Ingredients Delivered Daily

Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill

At Blue Water the seafood is freshly delivered daily and are grilled to perfection. Although their reputation began with their famous fish tacos, take a look at the other menu options as well for delicious meals. If you love seafood there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy your experience at Blue Water.

Location Mission Hills
Fan FavoriteSeared Ahi Tacos
Cost: $5-6.75/taco
TIPAsk for the daily specials, sometimes there is a rare catch of the day that is a must try.

Try Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s famous TKO Taco

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

Voted the best fish taco at the fish taco TKO Competition. What makes the Fish Shop tacos stand out are their secret seasonings and fruit marinated sauces. At the Fish Shop you can design your own taco from start to finish. First you select a fish, next the marinade and style. With the large variety of fish you can chose from, you could eat here for a couple of days in-a-row and still not have tried every seafood option.

LocationPacific Beach and Encinitas
Fan Favorite: TKO Taco with Mahi Mahi on a corn tortilla topped with a tropical salsa
Cost: $5/taco
TIPAsk for their Hawaiian hot sauce at the counter. They used to keep some at each table, but they kept getting stolen- that’s how good it is.

Taco Tuesday spread on fleeeek ??? ?: @somosurf

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Indulge in the Taco Stand’s Authentic Mexican Street Tacos

The Taco Stand

Try authentic Mexican street tacos at one of the Taco Stands three popular locations. Many customers say “the food is exquisite” and worth the wait if there is a line. Once a customer, always a custom if the Taco Stand. Some people claim it’s worth going twice in a week if you’re in San Diego for a short while.

Location: La Jolla, Encinitas, Gaslamp Quarter
Fan Favorite: Shrimp and flame-grilled cactus for vegetarians
Cost: $4-$5/taco
TIPAlthough at times there is a line out the door, the service is kind and attends customers quickly to get the line moving.

City Tacos are Created from Traditional Mexican Flavors and SoCal Trends

City Tacos

City Taco’s prides itself in their fairly priced quality food,inspired from traditional Mexican flavors and Southern Californian trends. The only other option on their menu apart from tacos is the drink menu. My biggest struggles when eating at City Tacos is choosing from their delicious plate options and not leaving enough room for the dessert taco.

LocationNorth Park
Fan FavoriteEspecial, Borrega, Chilango tacos.
Cost: $3.50-4/taco
TIPSave room for the dessert taco

BBQ Flavored Tacos? A must try at Aqui es Texcoco

Aqui es Texcoco

This authentic Mexican taqueria originated in Tijuana and migrated their flavors to San Diego and Los Angeles with their huge success. They consider themselves one of the originators of barbecue from years ago in Texcoco, Mexico. Their original authentic BBQ flavoring translates tastefully into their modern cuisine.

LocationChula Vista
Fan FavoriteLamb Tacos
TIPCall ahead to make a reservation, tables fill up quickly!

Pork Belly Extravaganza

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No Better Way to Watch Sports than With a Taco in one Hand and a Beer in the Other

SandBar Sports Grill

Have you tried eating tacos and watching sports? Now you have a reason to, the Sandbar has won many citywide fish taco contests and is certainly worth trying. Don’t let the other menu options distract you, their different taco flavors are the plate to try here. Dine here at night and enjoy the beach front views for the sunset.

LocationMission Beach
Fan Favorite: Baja Style Fish taco
Cost: $5-6/taco
TIPDine on Taco Tuesday for half off tacos.

#fishtacos #sandbarsportsgrill #delish #yum #sogood #foodporn

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Feel at home at La Vecindad Neighborhood Tacos

La Vecindad Neighborhood Tacos

Come sit, relax, and enjoy a Mexican cocktail and taco at La Vecindad. What stands out about this taqueria is that everyone there wants to make you feel welcomed and at home when you walk in their store. All tacos are family recipes and stand out for their explosive flavors. Look on their website for daily deals to try more items off their menu than just tacos!

Fan Favorite: Costa Azul and California
TIPCheck in with yelp to get a free taco with a purchase of a margarita

If You’re Feeling Bold, Try the side of Crickets at Tacos Perla

Tacos Perla

Open only for 3 years, and already recognized as a top store for tacos in San Diego. The first time I went I stared at the menu for 10 minutes deciding which taco to order. They have the most diverse list of ingredients of tacos I have seen yet! If you’re a brave soul, we recommend a side of a few tasty crickets for your taco!

LocationNorth Park
Fan FavoriteVegan Ceviche, adobado, ocho, and Del Mar
TIPTry one of their 6 famous salsas! We recommend the pineapple, turmeric, and basil.