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Cheap Eats in Del Mar/La Jolla/San Diego Area

Hi! My hubby has an interview in La Jolla the second week in Sept. and I'll be traveling with him. We are from Texas and we love Mexican food! We are staying in Del Mar but we will have a rental car.. are there any good cheap places (we are use to a $25 - $35 bill for the two of us)? We love Mexican (especially chorizo) as I said before along with Italian, Pho, Seafood (not me but my hubby). We also like to try new foods so we are pretty open. Thanks!

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  1. $25-35 in La Jolla? hmmm.

    Great (all caps) Mexican in SD, just maybe a little different than in TX.

    1. Fidels in Solana Beach, one town north of Del Mar. Try the steak or chicken Fajitas with chili's. The dish has been a favorite of ours for years and is about $12-$13. Friends from Austin flock to Fidel's when they are in town for the races.

      1. For the best Mexican food in the north county region, I would recommend both Bety's Tacos and La Especial Norte in Encinitas.

        Both also happen to fit in your budget nicely

        Bety's is a family operation. Bety and her husband are from Mexico City originally and cook a mighty fine meal.

        La Espeical Norte has been there for over 30 years. Specialty is Mexican soups, but everything is yummy.

        We eat at one or the other at least once a week.

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        La Especial Norte
        664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

        Betty's Tacos Restaurant
        1464 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

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        1. re: Enorah

          Second both and I would also add Don Chuy in Solana Beach for good Mexican.

        2. There're some great Pho places just East of La Jolla in Mira Mesa; you could pretty much pick any of these & not go wrong:

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          Lucky Seafood
          9326 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

          Pho Ca Dao Restaurant
          8373 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

          Bolsa Restaurant
          9225 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste 118, San Diego, CA 92126

          1. The huevos con chorizo at Super Cocina is excellent. You will need your rent a car for this place though.