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Hottest Taco Joint in San Diego

Hello SD Hounds!
I am from Toronto and am helping curate a large Canada vs USA taco throwdown in October as part of a Food Network sponsored event. I would like to know what are the top/ hottest taco joints in San Diego to reach out to for this job. I'm thinking like Rick Bayless/ Big Star in chicago kind of "hot"- not necessarily the most authentic (I know, I know, but this is media), but rather, somewhere with a big following. Looking forward to tasting their goods!

Abbey
www.abbeyskitchen.com

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      1. I think La Puerta is exactly what you want.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          That's not really a "taco joint" though. Maybe a "media" place that would work for them would be someplace in Old Town. Nice faux-Mexican photo opportunities. Let me think on it...

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          1. Hottest as in spiciest? or trendiest? or popular? or good?

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            1. re: DougOLis

              There is no truly picante Mexican food in San Diego that I know of, and in any case, picante on a taco would mean the hot sauce. I'm sure that they mean popular/trendy/cool/super-good/cheap/central and/or all of the above.

              1. re: DoctorChow

                I had plenty of picante spices in Tijuana at La Caza Club--too spicey to the point I had to go back and forth from the border crossing line to you know where 3 times before it was safe to proceed. Guess my stomach did not react well to their spices.

                1. re: El Chevere

                  Ahhh...sounds like my kind of place! Food that takes you just to the edge of being enchilado (or enchilada, as the case may be)! It's not in SD, though. And there is that border crossing line to deal with...uggh.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    Tell me about it....took me 2 hours to get back across on Saturday night starting at 8:30PM (I could understand 3 or 4PM, but that is the longest it took to walk across at that time and my future TJ trips will be conducted on Tuesday-Thursday evenings only from now on......fantastic pork chop at La Caza Club and right across the street from another highly regarded restaurant, El Taller.