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Aug 31, 2013 11:55 PM

Please help! - Taco tour of America's FInest City and beyond

Visiting my hometown for a week of hunting tacos and beaching. My working plan is:
- A bike tour of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, with possible stops at Stardust Donuts, Mariscos Isaac truck, Restaurant Fernandez for birria, Mariscos El Pescador and Tortas El Gallito in the Toys R us lot, Taqueria El Poblano for carne asada, Tacos El Gordo for al pastor, and maybe El Ranchero for a cool raspado. Hmmm, maybe two days to do this.
- Sunday lunch with the family at Romesco’s in Bonita for tapas and maybe chile en nogada because es tiempo de grananda y el Grito: Que Viva Mexico!
-- Take the bus from Tijuana to Popotla for the seafood market on the beach, then stay the night in Ensenada to hit La Guerrerense, Mariscos El Pizon for sea urchin, Ultramarino for beers, and a get a bunch of fish tacos. Wander TJ on the way back.
-- Tour Logan Heights to try Tamales Chiapanecos, El Compita for borrego and gorditas, and Northgate Market for birria de chivo and aguas frescas. Maybe make a return La Fachada and El Paisa comparison.
-- In my old Clairemont/Ridgemont stomping grounds, mourn the demise of Cocteleria La Playita, stop by Super Sergios and Yogurt World on Convoy, and maybe grab a seared tuna torta with avocado at El Pescador in La Jolla to eat down by Romney’s house on the beach.

Much of this is new to me, but sounds killer. Anything new or noteworthy I should try? Ideas are much appreciated.

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  1. The only thing you missed is El Chaco in CV. The rest is a solid program if a bit ambitious.

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    1. You, sir, are a Gentleman and a Scholar!

      Like hitting the Seven Summits in two days. I'll alert Krakauer.

      Just hope you have enough grit and pluck to pour the salsa verde out of the little cup with the hallucinations and all.

      I might suggest, though I can't tell if you may have left it out intentionally given your studies of the Olde Tomes, Aqui es Texcoco for lamb. Grand garlicky gamey goodness. And only head pieces if you want. You can ask for a jawbone with teeth for a souvenir.

      Shine on, you crazy diamond.

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      1. re: SaltyRaisins

        'Shine on, you crazy diamond'.
        Love that Salty!

        I would add Las Cuatro Milpas to the mix..

        Streetgourmetla on Twitter is da man to follow on great Mex eats.


          1. re: phee


            With a list like that, we are but peanut gallery.

            1. re: Fake Name

              Oh, but we are wise peanuts. Even if the "wise" applies only to a certain portion of the anatomy.

            2. re: phee

              Phee is on to something. A lot of these ideas came from this board, but happy to hear about any newly unerathed gems.

          2. Chiapaneco has been closed for years. The fabulous matron/owner passed and her boys just didn't have the heart to carry on.

            Don't bother with La Fachada. Once the city forced the closure of the trailer out front the tacos and atmosphere went to hell. Compita continues to please and also make a pretty creditable Birria de Chivo.

            If you're up for Birria in Ensenada, give Birrieria La Guadalajara on Calle Macheros between Calles Primera and Segunda.

            If you get the urge for some superb Pozole, try Pozoleria Dona Maria in Chula Vista on Broadway down towards Main St.. It's a Guerrero-style pozole blanco that is well worth the effort.

            Try the Tortas Ahogadas at the stand in the Toys R Us parking lot. A good example of the genre. Also in the same parking lot a really good Mariscos truck (forget the name, it's enough to know where it is).

            And, as long as you're in Mex, make the obligatory stop at Tacos El Yaqui in Rosarito Beach. It's moved across the street directly to the north. Don't get sucked into the fakey El Yaqui in the old location.

            Bueno Suerte

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            1. re: deckape

              The toys r us truck is mariscos pescador.

              1. re: deckape

                Muchas bendiciones, Deckape. E Gallito is the ahogada truck at Toys R Us. Sounds like a joyous parking lot. Tastiness abounds.

              2. I would add the Calbi Taco Truck and Mama Testa's.