Edit ModuleShow Tags

San Diego’s 10 Most Important Tacos of 2017

Add these to your must-eat list for next year


Published:

What’s more San Diego than tacos? Every month, San Diego Magazine’s staff combs through taco shops and restaurants throughout the county in search of our next VIT (Very Important Taco). Here are some of the most masterfully filled tortillas we devoured in the last year.

 

1. The Beer Batter Palm Tacos at Kindred

Beer-battered hearts of palm and potatoes give this vegan taco the texture of a fish taco, while the seaweed salad topping adds some ocean flavor. A generous dose of chile de árbol crema makes the whole thing surprisingly spicy.

Read more

 

 

2. The Breakfast Queso Taco at Luche Libre

Under two corn tortillas is a layer of crispy grilled cheese topped with potatoes, scrambled eggs, chorizo, a generous slice of avocado, and a “super secret” chipotle sauce.

Read more

 

3. The Braised Short Rib Taco at Bar by Red Door

The braised short rib filling is topped with feta, shallots, cilantro, and Sriracha aioli made from local hot sauce brand Baby Clydesdale. It’s all wrapped in corn tortillas from Gabriel Tortilleria in Logan Heights.

Read more

 

4. The Jackfruit Taco at Del Sur

Adobo-marinated jackfruit is served on a bed of cabbage and topped with chipotle sauce and a creamy citrus aioli. With the perfect balance of creamy, crunchy, and tangy, it’s a vegetarian taco for meat lovers.

Read more

 

5. The Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Taco at Karina’s Ceviches & More

Bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp is stuffed with cream cheese and serrano peppers before it hits the fryer for a crunch. It’s then tucked into a flour tortilla and topped with cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, and a spicy mango sauce.

Read more

 

6. The Banana Peel Taco at Wrench & Rodent

An organic corn tortilla is topped with spicy, rehydrated quinoa and caramelized banana peels that have been slow-simmered in pork adobada broth, alongside charred green cabbage deglazed with kombu broth and sprinkled with tomato salsa.

Read more

 

7. The Avocado Crab Taco at Tamarindo

It's like a fish taco, but flipped. The crab meat lends softness, but the crunch—which typically comes from fried fish—is actually tempura avocado. It’s topped with cabbage, crema, and pico de gallo all wrapped in a corn tortilla.

Read more

 

8. The Carnitas Taco at Cali Street Tacos

A freshly handmade corn tortilla is stacked with a generous serving of pork—a seasoned balance of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside—and topped with creamy guacamole, diced onions, and cilantro.

Read more

 

9. The Carne Asada Taco at Lola's Seven-Up Mexican Market Deli

Inside a hard shell (a novelty!) is a handful of freshly grilled beef with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. On top is a hefty dollop of sour cream.

Read more

 

 

10. The Surf and Turf Taco at Zoe's Place

Seared pieces of beef are sandwiched between chunks of shrimp and a liberal dose of very spicy onions. It’s balanced with a thick dollop of crema and packaged in a flour tortilla.

Read more

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Scripps Doc Off the Clock

Carlos Quiros, MD, has rebuilt a 1965 Mustang from the ground up

New Looks for a New Year

Get your wardrobe 2019-ready with these stylists’ tips and tricks

What’s Open and Closed in San Diego During the Government Shutdown

What to expect when you’re expecting the government shutdown to continue
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

9 Questions Answered about Botox

Avalon Laser demystifies Botox myths and explains procedures

Win Tickets to the 41st Annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl

This year’s Utah vs. Northwestern match-up marks the Holiday Bowl’s second straight paring of teams that are ranked nationally in the top 25
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. Best Restaurants in San Diego: 2018
    San Diego's top restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders name their favorite San Diego restaurants of 2018.
  3. Winter is Waiting in Montana’s Yellowstone Country
    Win a trip for two that includes roundtrip airfare from Long Beach and a stay at the Element by Westin in Bozeman, Montana
  4. Behind the Brands 2019
  5. First Look: Realm of 52 Remedies
    Wildly imaginative speakeasy cements the arrival of design to San Diego’s Asian food haven
  6. The Women Who Revolutionized San Diego's Food Scene
    A discussion with six iconic San Diego chefs and restauranteurs who helped make our culinary landscape what it is today
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module