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Taco bar (taquiza?) catering via To-Go

MrKrispy Nov 7, 2013 01:41 PM

I ask the collective wisdom of Chowhound-SD for help. Trying to put together a small celebratory party and looking to buy the full spread for tacos. The event is kind of last minute and the hosts can't afford to get a regular catering deal (like Tacos & Gorditas, and most places have a 50 person minimum) so we are looking for something we can pickup and take to the event (calling ahead 1-2 days is fine).

I know Pancho Villa and Northgate have familia orders (usually for about 7 people) but we have 20-25 people so are looking for something larger. If they package them in the disposable trays that would be best. My espanol is terrible, so a place that can handle english would be very helpful. Any suggestions?


  1. DiningDiva Nov 7, 2013 02:29 PM

    What exactly are you looking for in terms of menu and what's the budget?

    1. deckape Nov 7, 2013 03:45 PM

      You can try Porkyland in La Jolla. They speak pretty good English at PV and Northgate, don't let that stop you from trying.

      1. c
        Cathy Nov 7, 2013 04:35 PM

        What part of town?

        Vallarta in National City and Escondido

        Pancho Villa -order 4 Familia meals

        Northgate is everywhere.

        Kaelins Mi Pueblo in East County

        1. m
          MrKrispy Nov 7, 2013 05:55 PM

          we are located in central San Diego. Budget is around $150 max. We would like a few different meats, beans, rice, salsa, tortillas, and possibly guac.

          If we were to order 4 family meals at Pancho villa or Northgate do they need to be ordered ahead of time?

          Thanks again

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          1. re: MrKrispy
            JRSD Nov 7, 2013 09:16 PM

            If you went to Northgate they seem to have multiple kinds of meat prepared by the lb. They usually have fish ceviche for about $5/lb or various seafood aquachiles and ceviches up to about 7.99/lb. You could easily get 10lbs of various ones without calling ahead.

            I have bought 25 tamales without calling ahead.

            They have full size disposable serving trays to pack large orders.

            I think you could walk in and get food for 25 but you may need some flexibility about what you get

          2. SaltyRaisins Nov 7, 2013 06:56 PM

            How 'bout having the La Fachada truck make a visit? I've had friends do this, with great results. Your numbers warrant the entire menu. Though I've considered having them visit my house for a solo meal, so...

            1. c
              cstr Nov 8, 2013 05:16 AM

              Maritza's in Clairemont may be a good option.

              1. m
                MrKrispy Nov 13, 2013 01:07 PM

                So far it is looking like we are going to Pancho Villa for several family orders (which we have bought before).

                currently, 2# of meat, 2# each of rice and beans, 20 tortillas, and salsa for $23. They asked to order the day before if ordering several.

                I may swing by Northgate and also get a few pounds of carnitas and something else. Hoping to find prepared nopales also.

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                1. re: MrKrispy
                  DoctorChow Nov 13, 2013 07:25 PM

                  Just 20 tortillas?? Typo, of course.

                  Multiple family orders sounds like a good plan.

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