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Mar 5, 2011 06:54 PM

Definitive list of Mariscos German locations

A hound from Toronto would really appreciate a list of trucks and sit down locations.

Also, we were at one location last year not far from the bridge to Coronado. It was a sit down place and we may want to do that again. i can't remember the address. It was amazing.

Also, what location is the best one?


Mariscos German
3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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  1. My favorite is the one on University. Seems to have a bit more fish and slightly deeper flavor. But frankly they are all very similar.

    However my favorite mariscos trucks are down in Chula Vista. Mariscos El Prieto or El Pescador, especially the later.

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    1. re: y6y6y6

      I have to say that this is the most confusing place ever. We were at the one on Ocean View last year and it was some of the best mexican seafood i've ever had. Now, it seems that this MG location has been sold and is no longer in operation.

      There is so much confusion as to where the trucks are. Every time I get a handle on a truck location, I read something that says that the truck has moved or has been sold.

      I really wish they had a website or some indication, somewhere, with the truck locations.

      We'll try the one on University and 35th this afternoon and probably eat in the car.

      1. re: acd123

        I feel your pain, but it really doesn't work that way. At all. These trucks aren't trying to pull in tourists and foodies. They are trying to feed the neighborhood. No one needs a website to know what great food is within easy walking distance of home or work.

        And just my opinion, but once a lunch truck starts spending money on a marketing campaign, it's over. If you have a website you aren't going to charge $3 for a taco so stuffed with seafood you can't pick it up.

        1. re: y6y6y6

          Agree, these trucks are not tourist destinations, rather a place for some excellent small food items, al a baja fish taco and tostada's. That said, if I were a tourist looking for a good reasonable, in some cases ethnic style lunch, I'd seek them out.

          1. re: cstr

            I hear you. If an idiot tourist from San Diego posted what I posted on the Toronto board, about a similar place in TO, I would have written what you guys wrote :-) But now the tables have turned, eh? It is clearly not a place that should have a splashy website, or be marketed to tourists. That's why people who care go to Chowhound! As was written above, it's a place that feeds the neighbourhood. I was just getting frustrated. So, sorry for my annoying post.

            We were at the 35th and University location last Saturday for lunch. Amazing. I had three tacos: marlin, gobernador and pescado. All were excellent, but I especially loved the gobernador. It was so good that we went back a second time as we were driving out of town on Monday. I also had a styrofoam cup of the shrimp/fish soup, which was super tasty but a touch too salty. Still really good.

            You folks are lucky to have that place, and you obviously know it.

            1. re: acd123

              Tell ya that gobernator is one hefty sized taco and the hook!

              1. re: cstr

                yeah, my son in law, who just visited from north carolina, ordered 2 gobernadors plus a tostada mixto and had to share the mixto 'cause he was too full. score for me.

        2. re: acd123

          Legally, in San Diego County, food trucks are supposed to move every two hours and the workers have to have access to running water and a toilet-Usually permission, in writing, from a neighboring business. I have seen the City cracking down on those laws, either to get compliance or ticketing fees.

          1. re: Cathy

            I've seen them move, about one foot, then back up again. it's legal.

        3. re: y6y6y6

          Helo - This Florida foodie was in San Diego last spring.

          Perhaps the best thing I ever ate in my life was the smoked marlin (marlyn) taco at Marisco’s German. The gobernador (shrimp) was a close second.

          This was at the location in Ocean Beach on Cable Street by Apple Tree Supermarket. I see this has now closed.

          Is this the only location where I can now get smoked marlin in the same fashion:

          35th and University - (between 35th St & Wilson Ave)
          3504 University Ave., San Diego, CA, 92104 - (619) 392-2351
          In The Market Place Grocery/Liquor Store parking lot. Hours are 9 AM - 7 PM.

          Is this a second location: "There is another truck located on 30th and Grape St. in South Park in the Gala food parking lot."

          Or does this spot also have it? Is it as good?

          "Marisco's El Pescador - On Industrial Ave in the Toys R Us lot in Chula Vista"

          Something further north (towards Carlsbad) would be ideal - I will make a visit to Bull Taco in Cardiff - but I'll drive to get to Marisco's German if needed!


          1. re: CFByrne

            I was by the Apple Tree location a couple weeks ago and the Mariscos German truck was not there. Most reliable location is probably 35th & University.

            Mariscos German truck
            Cable St and Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA

            1. re: DiningDiva

              I believe the truck at that location left last fall due to complaints from restaurants close by. I really miss it, great location.

              1. re: cstr

                Yes as I mentioned in my post, Ocean Beach location closed last fall - well covered in other posts on this board, zoning etc etc. Just search for Mariscos and you'll find all the old threads.

                That's why I am asking about the U and 35th and possible other locations. Thanks!

          2. re: y6y6y6

            Is the University Ave location walkable from the Manchester Grand Hyatt?

            1. re: Pegmeister

              No, but it is reachable via public transportation (bus)

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Thanks. I just purchased a street map on Amazon and it shows the bus/trolley routes. I'm really interested in trying fish tacos from a food truck. About the only food truck I've tried here in Boston is Speeds for a hot dog and it was amazing, so it only seems natural that the trucks in San Diego would have some good options.

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Here's a link to the MTS system. Look in the upper left corner for the Trip Planner which will allow you to figure out how to get from you hotel to 35th & Uni. -

                  Good luck, it's not a difficult bus ride and probably worth it for the experience.

                  1. re: Pegmeister

                    If you take the mts bus or trolley to old town transit center, take the 44 bus Clairemont, it will take you within one block of the Maricso's Truck on Univ &35th and 3 blocks from Super Cocina.

                    PS - I'd recommend a one day pass for $5, unlimited rides.

                    Super Cocina
                    3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                    1. re: cstr

                      Thanks for the bus/trolley info and link. It really helps if I can figure out how to get around before I get there!! My trip is in September and I want to plan well.

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        One good thing to know, the bus & trolly drivers are pleasant very good with helping, if you tell them where you want to get off they'll accommodate you.

                        In SD, the public transportation experience is quite different from the T. Riders are friendly and helpful, and most even thank the driver when exiting the bus, believe that!!

                        1. re: cstr

                          That's really good news. I take the T into the North End quite often and it can be an experience. I'm so looking forward to experiencing San Diego.

            2. Anyone know if there is a truck relatively close to Mission Beach? I am headed there tomorrow and would really like to try a Mariscos German truck if there is one nearby.

              Mariscos German truck
              Cable St and Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA