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Jul 22, 2011 01:33 PM

Hard Shell Tacos and/or sit-down mexican food

where can I find hard shell tacos? I thought I read about some place in Barrio Logan? I like the hard fried tacos like they make in L.A. I'm originally from Texas and I haven't gotten used to the soft taco shops here and the lack of very good sit down nice mexican restaurants. Help! Tx

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  1. The place in the Barrio that you are thinking about is probably Los Quatro Milpas. They do hard shell tacos. I think they are quite ordonary and not particularly special, but on this board that is the minoritu opinion. My favorite hard shell taco in SD is the hard sell mashed potato taco at Mama Testa in Hillcrest.

    I share your pain about no decent sit down Mexican in SD. I am posting this from Mexico City where I had a terrific dinner at Azul Condesa last night and a truly stellar lunch today at Merotoro. As I was eating, other reveling in how good the food was, I couldn't help but wonder why SD doesn't have similar dining options.

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

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Thanks DiningDiva - I've never had a mashed potato taco. Enjoy your food while you can!

      1. re: DiningDiva

        a big 2nd for Mama Testa's mashed potato tacos!

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

      2. I like Ponce's, 4050 Adams Ave, for sit down mexican.

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        1. Nati's in Ocean Beach makes a good hard-shell taco. The big warning there is the only things on the menu that should be ordered are the ground beef tacos, or the enchiladas. Anything else and you're asking for trouble.

          1. Not sure what you mean by "very good, sit down, nice mexican restaurants"? Do you mean upscale or just nice in the sense it isn't a hovel?

            I like Candelas, I think they do a nice job at upscale, so does El Agave. There are also new places like El Vitral and La Puerta, that while not great are fun and interesting.

            Ortega's Restaurant in Hillcrest does a good job with Puerto Nuevo style food, Alejandro's in Eastlake, Los Arcos in CV and El Zarape on Adams Ave are all pretty good.

            El Zarape Restaurant
            3201 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

            Los Arcos Restaurant
            , Chula Vista, CA 91910

            La Puerta
            560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

            El Vitral Restaurant
            815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

            El Agave
            2304 San Diego Ave Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110