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SD: Favorite place to get rolled tacos?

Beach Chick Jun 5, 2009 09:44 AM

Bahia Don Bravo's in La Jolla has the best potato taquitos with sour cream and guac with lots of cheese and kick ass hot salsa..
I like ground beef taquitos too..
Where's your favorite place?

  1. chris2269 Jun 21, 2011 04:18 PM

    I think Los Tacos in Oceanside has a pretty good version. They are a lot larger than lets the berto's in the area and you can get chicken or beef.

    Los Tacos
    2183 Vista Way Ste B9, Oceanside, CA 92054

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      tastycakes Apr 26, 2011 08:13 AM

      i know this is going to offend most taco purists, but my most favorite rolled tacos of all time are from this hole in the wall by the santee public library. they are by no means anything special, but hold a dear place in my heart. my friends lived nearby during high school and we would eat 5 rolled tacos stuffed with shredded beef and drenched in this pale green avocado cream sauce and then walk across the street and get a blizzard from dq. how i miss you, teenage metabolism....

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      1. re: tastycakes
        Fake Name Apr 26, 2011 08:18 AM

        Taco purists?

        1. re: tastycakes
          globocity Apr 26, 2011 07:58 PM

          Ahhhh you had me at "blizzard from dq" and "teenage metabolism". I'll try these rolled tacos just based on these descriptions. Any other reason to go to Santee other than for the DQ?

          1. re: globocity
            SteveRB Jun 21, 2011 08:49 AM

            Tried Nico's on Morena after reading recommendations here. The shredded beef rolled tacos were quite good. I will definitely be back to sample some more items, now that I live so close.

            El Patron (Pomerado Road) in Scripps-Poway Parkway make good rolled tacos (and burritos). Their service isn't very friendly but easily overlooked because of the food. Their Mira Mesa location has never had the same quality as their Scripps location.

            El Patron Restaurant
            12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA 92064

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          cstr Apr 20, 2011 02:31 PM

          Was in the 'hood, just had an elegant lunch at Super Sergio's served al fresco on fine linen, silver flat wear and candles. The #7, served tableside, was just perfect and the flavor was outstanding. I must get back more often.

          Super Sergio's
          4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

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          1. re: cstr
            Fake Name Apr 20, 2011 02:43 PM

            Did you get the soft drink pairings?

            1. re: Fake Name
              bizzwriter Apr 20, 2011 04:17 PM

              I prefer the '87 jamaica.

              1. re: bizzwriter
                Fake Name Apr 20, 2011 04:24 PM

                I think the temp is off in their cellar- the '87 is a fine example of the Jamaica label, but if improperly handled in the chiller with the sprayer in the big translucent box on top it can change the nature of it's finish enough to be distastefully unacceptable.

                The Pepsi (of any year) is a safer bet, and it's fuller, rounder flavor notes go better with the broad spectrom of the Sergio's palate.

                1. re: Fake Name
                  Beach Chick Apr 21, 2011 09:20 AM

                  Temps are off in their cellar..Ha Ha Ha..

                  1. re: Fake Name
                    mliew Apr 21, 2011 09:49 AM

                    I personally think the best pairing is the '11 Horchata. Great notes of cinnamon and sugar with just a touch of milk. Tannin level seems to be non existent though.

                    1. re: mliew
                      Fake Name Apr 21, 2011 10:35 AM

                      Ah! D'Accord! The portamento notes of the sweet milk played against the bite of the food results in a cadenza of flavor and textures.

                      iL Bullí has got nothing on Chef Sergio.

                2. re: Fake Name
                  cstr Apr 20, 2011 06:21 PM

                  Aqua pura, perfecto!

                3. re: cstr
                  Beach Chick Apr 21, 2011 09:21 AM

                  What's the #7?

                  how was your Passover?

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    cstr Apr 21, 2011 12:35 PM

                    I did get passed over and still exist. The #7 are 4 grilled beef taco's adobada with a hint of guac, cilantro and onion, yum!!

                    1. re: cstr
                      Beach Chick Apr 21, 2011 06:07 PM

                      4 street tacos or regular tacos...how is the guac there?

                4. Freddie Freelance Jan 20, 2011 06:16 AM

                  The El Ranchito Taco Shop on Poway Rd has some really nice Shredded Beef Rolled Tacos & Flautas.

                  El Ranchito Taco Shop
                  13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064

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                    marymbs Jan 14, 2011 05:33 PM

                    Cotija on Mission Gorge in Santee has yummy fish rolled tacos.Mmmmm

                    1. Beach Chick Jan 14, 2011 06:35 AM

                      Craving me some potato rolled tacos...
                      Any new places?

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                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        Fake Name Jan 14, 2011 09:53 AM

                        I don't know from potatos, but Super Sergio's has great beef rolled tacos.

                        But I suppose that won't help you, Ms Vegetarian.

                        Super Sergio's
                        4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          Josh Jan 14, 2011 11:27 AM

                          Aqui Es Texcco's are the best I've had in SD.

                          1. re: Josh
                            kare_raisu Jan 14, 2011 04:42 PM

                            Josh is right

                            1. re: kare_raisu
                              Beach Chick Jan 15, 2011 08:39 AM

                              Thanks Josh and Alex...Aqui Es Texcco's looks delicious!

                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                cstr Jan 15, 2011 09:52 AM

                                Hey BC, I know you're not a 'super carnivore' chicka, but a few of their guys just left to open Vamos Es Texcoco on E. Vista Way in Vista. Real good stuff, you should jaunt over for a small nosh.

                                Vista Way Cafe
                                868 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084

                                1. re: cstr
                                  Beach Chick Jan 15, 2011 10:54 AM

                                  Thanks brother sledge...this looks fab and they have bean and papas rolled tacos along with quesadillas stuffed with zucchini blossoms!

                            2. re: Josh
                              Beach Chick Feb 5, 2011 03:38 PM

                              OMG...the potato taquitos were out of this world good!
                              The smoky mole salsa along with the green sauce was excellent.
                              Washed it down with some Hibiscus horchata.
                              Can't wait to go back!

                              1. re: Josh
                                wrldtrvl Jun 20, 2011 08:23 PM

                                We just went to Aqui es Texcoco today, based on the CH recs. We absolutely loved the rolled tacos and the lamb consomme. Had seconds. I had the lamb barbecoa sopas and it was fabulous. Clean, comfortable and great prices. My family was impressed.

                              2. re: Beach Chick
                                daantaat Jan 14, 2011 08:27 PM

                                bet Mama Testa's could roll theirs for you!

                                Mama Testa
                                1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                              3. foodiechick Jun 7, 2009 11:10 PM

                                Had Bahia Don Bravo's rolled tacos today, not my fave - but could have been an off day as they were slammed! But loved, loved, loved the lobster burrito that you have been raving about. A new fav in the hood.

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                                1. re: foodiechick
                                  Beach Chick Jun 8, 2009 11:20 AM

                                  Isn't it great sitting outside on the patio, watching the waves with a cold Pacifico and eating a lobster burrito with lobster chunks so big that you need to have someone who knows the Heimlich maneuver nearby..

                                2. jmtreg Jun 5, 2009 04:42 PM

                                  Lucy's Taco Shop on 2nd and C, or 3rd and C (in between the bail bonds places) has good, classic rolled tacos. What makes the dish so good is the hot sauce - heavy on garlic and chilies.

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                                  1. re: jmtreg
                                    stevewag23 Jun 8, 2009 11:58 AM


                                    I always looked at that place, but was always hesitant because of the trolley line location.

                                    1. re: stevewag23
                                      jmtreg Jun 8, 2009 05:43 PM

                                      I completely understand - the place is probably second in creepiest looking Mexican places in Downtown (with the first being Mexican Fiesta's shack). But there are seriously good eats to be had there.

                                      1. re: jmtreg
                                        Ewilensky Jan 14, 2011 10:50 AM

                                        Agreed - discovered this place 6 months ago, despite working a stone throw's away for the past 9 years... never gave it a thought because it is indeed creepy looking...

                                  2. xxxchef Jun 5, 2009 04:14 PM

                                    Without a doubt the most sublime rolled tacos in SD are found at Aqui es Texcoco on S. Broadway in Chula Vista. Flautas de Barbacoa

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                                    1. re: xxxchef
                                      DiningDiva Jun 6, 2009 07:54 AM

                                      Yes. The rolled tacos de papas here are outstanding. The lamb ones are okay too, but the flautas de papas are better.

                                      1. re: xxxchef
                                        Beach Chick Jun 6, 2009 12:45 PM

                                        Dude...that is exactly what I'm talking about!

                                        1. re: xxxchef
                                          kare_raisu Jun 9, 2009 10:50 AM


                                          1. re: xxxchef
                                            Encinitan Feb 4, 2011 08:52 AM

                                            Aqui es Texcoco is today's SignOn Daily Deal: $12 for $25 worth of food.


                                            1. re: Encinitan
                                              cstr Feb 4, 2011 10:01 AM

                                              Wonder why they are doing this, there chow is excellent and reasonable. I'm concerned.

                                              1. re: cstr
                                                Encinitan Feb 4, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                I was there on a weekend several months ago, and it was full to capacity.

                                                1. re: Encinitan
                                                  cstr Feb 4, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                  So why sell for less than 1/2 price? Paco has a great following.

                                                  1. re: cstr
                                                    Encinitan Feb 4, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                    It is likely that they do not do as well on weekdays, and want to expand their customer base .

                                                    1. re: cstr
                                                      P Macias Feb 8, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                      Re: Paco's place and the give away. He always gives a little extra. He does gangbuster biz in the am and weekends, weekdays eves could be better. He also has discount tix in the local paper. Worth it if you go more than twice a week.I like to go in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. Standard fare: PANCITA (sells out early),Huitlacoche quesadilla (fresh or not) ; dark salsa to die for and the best African jamaica for your disgestion. The flan can't be overlooked either. I take out cups of the salsa negra...great with fresh chicharonnes from Northgate. Had them for Super Bowl Sunday.

                                                      1. re: P Macias
                                                        kare_raisu Feb 8, 2011 09:10 PM

                                                        I like this comment!

                                                2. re: Encinitan
                                                  Beach Chick Feb 4, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                  Bought this deal and can't wait to dine here very soon..bring on the bean/potato taquitos..
                                                  Thanks Encinitan...et al..

                                                  1. re: Beach Chick
                                                    cstr Feb 5, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                    BC, knowing that you're not a huge carnivore, gotta try the Quesadilla with Huitlacoche, Zucchini Flower, Mushroom, nirvana!

                                                    1. re: cstr
                                                      DiningDiva Feb 5, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                      I would second that recommendation, but ask first if the huitlacoche is fresh or canned.

                                                      1. re: DiningDiva
                                                        cstr Feb 5, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                        My guess would be canned, readly available.

                                                      2. re: cstr
                                                        Beach Chick Feb 5, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                        I'm trying the Quesadilla today too...but never had Huitlacoche, is that the corn that's moldy?
                                                        I printed that bad boy out this morning and SO excited!

                                                        I'll report back...

                                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                                          cstr Feb 5, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                          Huitlacoche is a black fungus that infects corn, Huitlacoches kernels have a smoky-sweet flavor. Also called Mexican truffle.

                                                          1. re: cstr
                                                            Beach Chick Feb 5, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                            love truffles from Italy and think I want to hold out on the 'Mex Truffles' if they are canned.

                                                            1. re: Beach Chick
                                                              tastycakes Apr 26, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                              to me, huitlacoche tastes exactly like what escargot would taste like if they ate nothing but morel mushrooms.

                                                          2. re: Beach Chick
                                                            DiningDiva Feb 5, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                            Yes, huitlacoche is corn fungus, also referred to as corn smut. It's naturally occuring infection on an ear of corn. It has a sort of earthy, mushroom-like flavor. Personally, I think it tastes like dirt, but I've grown to like it over the years.

                                                            Paco usually brings the fresh stuff across the border. Since this isn't corn season, I'm not sure what the availability of fresh huitlacoche is in Tijuana at the moment. It is available canned, but it's just not the same.

                                                            1. re: DiningDiva
                                                              cstr Feb 5, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                              Canned may be a bit more 'civil' for the BC to cut her teeth on. Like scotch, especially something like Langavulin where it's really 'peaty', it's an acquired taste. Dirt... I always liked to think it was extremely 'earthy'.

                                                              1. re: cstr
                                                                DiningDiva Feb 5, 2011 01:26 PM

                                                                I think huitlacoche is an acquired taste

                                                          3. re: cstr
                                                            Beach Chick Feb 5, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                            Small but delicious flower quesadilla..it was lovely!

                                                        2. re: Encinitan
                                                          Beach Chick Feb 5, 2011 03:45 PM

                                                          Went today for a late lunch with the $12 voucher and this place was incredible and delicious.
                                                          Service was fast and she was so sweet..can't wait to go back..the place was busy.
                                                          DH had a couple of borrego tacos which he really like.
                                                          The bean and potato taquitos kick some serious ass...love love love it!

                                                          1. re: Beach Chick
                                                            DiningDiva Feb 5, 2011 04:32 PM

                                                            Yeah, those potato flautas with their salsa negra are seriously good. More than worth the drive to CV.

                                                            1. re: DiningDiva
                                                              Beach Chick Feb 6, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                              Totally worth the drive and though that salsa negra wasn't hot, it sure was addicting.
                                                              The food was really good and wish more resto's would add papa flautas on the menu..with the crema Mexicano and shredded lettuce was so frigging good.
                                                              Worked out on the treadmill for an hour after that and drummed to Nirvana for another hour to burn off those cheesy queso bombs of love and happiness!
                                                              Stay thristy my friend..
                                                              ; )

                                                              1. re: DiningDiva
                                                                Beach Chick Feb 7, 2011 07:37 AM

                                                                I forgot to mention DD that when I was leaving the restaurant, a very handsome, well appointed man with a baseball cap, got into his black 7 series BMW and for a moment, I thought I was seeing our favorite guy, the most interesting man in the world!
                                                                Then I realized that the XX man, wouldn't wear a baseball cap!
                                                                ; )

                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                  DiningDiva Feb 7, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                                  That we know of ;-)

                                                        3. stevuchan Jun 5, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                          Bahia is the only place in get the papas rolled tacos, but I would not describe there salsa as kick ass.

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                                                          1. re: stevuchan
                                                            Beach Chick Jun 5, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                            Bahia's is my favorite place for papas taquitos and I get the 'kick ass' salsa from the boys in the kitchen who have their special sauce..

                                                            1. re: Beach Chick
                                                              RB Hound Jun 5, 2009 01:08 PM

                                                              So they have an In-and-Outish secret menu for the regulars? :)

                                                              What's the code word, BeachChick? I may be in that area this evening, and those sound very good to me.

                                                              1. re: RB Hound
                                                                Beach Chick Jun 5, 2009 01:26 PM

                                                                Are you a super hot chick..blonde..and speak Spanish..if so, you gotta chance.
                                                                ; )

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