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Best street-style tacos SD

kare_raisu Feb 23, 2007 08:46 PM

We all know that Mama Testa has probably the best tacos in SD, but I am looking for the mini Tijuana style tacos that will (normally) run you a buck or a little over.

Nothing but cilantro and onion and a little salsa. Should have a tender, fresh tortilla.

My favorite is cabeza or adobada but I like em all (havent tried tripitas yet).

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    clayfu Feb 23, 2007 09:24 PM

    Drive to Linda Vista Blvd, on the cross street of Comstock and Linda Vista (AT NIGHT ONLY) is a catering truck that sells the most delicious street style tacos. 1.50 a piece


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    1. re: clayfu
      KirkK Feb 23, 2007 09:40 PM

      It's in the parking lot of Joe's 99 cent store.

      6882 Linda Vista Rd
      San Diego, CA 92111

      1. re: KirkK
        clayfu Feb 24, 2007 02:47 PM

        Right, what Kirk said.

        everyone you need to go here. thx.

        1. re: clayfu
          Joseph Feb 24, 2007 10:30 PM

          What are their hours, again?

          1. re: Joseph
            clayfu Feb 24, 2007 11:58 PM

            the earliest i've been there is 6pm, the latest is around 9:30.

            but they are only there at night soooooooo don't go in the afternoon's or you'll find an empty parking lot =).


            1. re: clayfu
              kare_raisu Feb 28, 2007 08:32 AM

              Do they have cabeza or lengua?

      2. re: clayfu
        EddieB Feb 27, 2007 08:34 PM

        Thanks for the tip. I most likely would never have stopped there if I had not read your recommendation even though I pass by the truck nearly every night on the way home. I tried the carne asada and adobada pork tacos tonight and they were great. The guy that took my order told me that they serve nightly 6:00-11:00, though I cannot recall seeing it operating that late.

        I took mine to go, but will probably “eat in” next time to take better advantage of all the condiments offered and the funky, by way of thumping boom box and plastic lawn furniture, atmosphere. I hope they stick around a while because their offerings are superior to the nearby taco shops on Morena Blvd. and Linda Vista Rd.

      3. Leucadian Feb 23, 2007 09:50 PM

        Lalo's on University, for tacos al pastor. They have regular size tacos as well, but I prefer the little ones, at about a buck each. Great snack.

        And of course Bety's Tacos in Encinitas.

        1. Joseph Feb 24, 2007 11:28 AM

          El Cuervo has a "special" (but it's been available for months or years now) of four mini-tacos for $4. I believe cabeza and lengua are options, along with the standard "el pastor" (really puerco adobado), carnitas, etc. I've gotten four different tastes on one plate, when I asked nicely.
          They are certainly worth a try. I appreciate the free roasted peppers, the trays of cucumbers and radishes, and the excellent chipotle salsa (tomatillo is also good).

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          1. re: Joseph
            DiningDiva Feb 24, 2007 01:41 PM

            I like El Cuervo. For what it is and what it does, it does most things pretty well and for a fair price.

            1. re: DiningDiva
              kare_raisu Feb 24, 2007 02:17 PM

              where is this?

              1. re: kare_raisu
                Joseph Feb 24, 2007 02:44 PM

                Get thee to Google Maps:

                It's in Mission Hills or Hillcrest, depending on how you divide it, on Washington close to UCSD Medical Center.

                1. re: kare_raisu
                  Josh Feb 24, 2007 11:05 PM

                  On Washington, about a block from Bronx. They even have their own parking lot.

                  The carnitas burrito is pretty good - they dress it a little differently than most I've seen. They chop up the spicy carrots into a salsa w/ cilantro, onion, and jalapenos. If you're starving, the carnitas plate is good value for the money, though a ridiculous amount of food.

                2. re: DiningDiva
                  daimyo Feb 26, 2007 05:56 PM

                  The only thing i don't really like about Cuervo's "street" tacos is the guacamole that's served on the carnitas, carne asada, etc. it has a lot of tomato in it and i really don't like tomatos. i guess i could order it without guacamole, but i like my street tacos with it so i'm out of luck. if you like tomatos it might be right up your alley. since i don't like their guac, i order their crispy shredded beef tacos. i haven't had better.

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                mangiatore Feb 24, 2007 11:50 AM

                Taco Motion in PB also has them.

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                  lbidsfood Feb 24, 2007 02:29 PM

                  Tacos El Gordo
                  1940 Highland Ave
                  National City

                  Its a branch of the famous taco shop of the same name down in Tijuana. I certainly feel like I am in TJ when I eat there. And owners decided to literally translate the various meats they have for the tacos, so "brain" is listed on the board.

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                  1. re: lbidsfood
                    buddha Feb 27, 2007 08:40 PM

                    Would you say that the National City branch is better than the ones in Chula Vista on H St and also the one on Palomar?

                  2. MVNYC Feb 24, 2007 02:35 PM

                    Caliente in Sorrento Valley has Cabeza on fridays and saturdays. They are four tacos for $3.99. The salsa for the tacos is excellent

                    1. Josh Feb 24, 2007 11:07 PM

                      I really miss Mexico Lindo. Used to be in Escondido, next to the Metaphor coffee house. They had some truly excellent street-style tacos.

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                        naven Feb 26, 2007 08:33 PM

                        I actually really like the tacos at Pancho Villa on El Cajon Blvd. If you go around lunch time, they are fresh and tasty.

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