When it comes to tacos, no one does it better (North of the Border) than San Diego. Yes, tacos are traditional Mexican food, but they are synonymous with San Diego. In fact, if you’re stoned and have the munchies, chances are you’re on the hunt for tacos more than any other food group. Thankfully, you have more options than strains at your favorite dispensary (*NOT including Taco Bell, Del Taco, or Chipotle — that’s some bottom shelf tacos).
Here’s an essential list of the best tacos in San Diego:
Blocks away from Chicano Park, SALUD is a Mexican Food Eatery that originated in San Diego’s Historic Barrio Logan. With its tattoo inspired murals to the pinstripe car hoods on the walls, the restaurant is pure So Cal. The menu pays homage to the street food of Northern Mexico with its own Chicano flare.
2196 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
TACOS EL GORDO
Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana B.C Inc., is a family owned and operated company. In the food service industry for over 40 years, they opened their first business in 1972. Their authentic Tijuana taco experience features handmade corn tortillas, top grade meats and the freshest ingredients, used to make guacamole and salsas from scratch daily. Prices are super reasonable too.
3265 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 92154
MIKE’S RED TACOS
Located near Mission Bay on Morena Blvd, Mike’s Red Tacos is home to the world’s best birria — or, so they say. Whether you’re craving sloppy tacos, ramen, or quesabirria, this is THE spot. Open Saturday’s only, it’s worth making the trip just for the CRUNCHSTACK.
2335 Morena Blvd San Diego, CA 92110 (next to Old Trieste)
COAL BRO’S TAQUERIA
Born in San Diego, it’s an experience of flavors and folklore that you find in street food. Coal Bros Taqueria is distinguished for its fresh local ingredients and simple menu inspired by the mixing of Baja street food with the smoke of the grill. Hit it up for sure.
407 C St San Diego, CA 92101
TACOS EL PANSON
Located in City Heights across from Hoover High School, Tacos el Panson is the best bang for your buck in San Diego. With fresh tortillas (key) and a great assortment of meats, this shop is a quality hole-in-the-wall serving some serious authentic Mexican food.
4433 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
Lola 55 in the East Village makes some epic gourmet tacos. Their ingredients are locally sourced and super fresh. The menu at this award-winning restaurant is on-point with loads of variety.
1290 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
OSCAR’S MEXICAN SEAFOOD
A casual, local shop serving up fresh, flavorful Mexican seafood delights from around San Diego. Try the battered fish taco and the spicy shrimp taco. Super duper good.