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Jan 7, 2014 12:22 PM

Visiting San Diego what should I NOT miss?

I will be in the SD area for a week and I want to experience great local restaurant. From hole in the walls, food trucks to high end dinning. I do love good Mexican coming from Toronto we have limited Mexican. No need for Chinese recommendations we have lots at home. Please help me out. Thanks!

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  1. Super Cocina-City Heights (Mexican home cooking)
    El Charco-Chula Vista (Mexico City deliciousness)
    El Borrego-City Heights (Barbacoa)
    Tacos al Panson-City Heights (Street tacos, burritos, etc..)
    El Salvadoreno-Logan Heights (El Salvadoran food! to die for!)
    Calbi Taco Truck-wherever they appear (Korean BBQ meets the taco)

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    1. re: Dagney

      Sadly, I think El Charco is closed. Kirk K reported they were closed for remodeling back in October (, and a Yelp reviewer reports the sign is still up as of 12/28. Too bad as I loved that place!

        1. re: DoctorChow

          I miss liking Cucina Urbana. Sadly, it is off my Go To list.
          Good call on Chloe.

          1. re: globocity

            Huh. What was it that soured you on Cucina Urbana, globocity?

          1. re: RdBchAndy

            But if you go, park on the same (north) side of the street as the restaurant if you can (busy street, not a good crosswalk).

            It's all outdoors (including the wait in line) so bring clothing appropriate for hanging out outside.

            Go hungry, order lots.

          2. BullTaco in Cardiff.

            Yes, not the absolute 100% best tacos in the universe. But you can't beat the view, and the tacos are pretty good.

            Of course, you may need a double-blind test to accurately decide if you like them.

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            1. re: Fake Name

              Does it help if you pull up on a Bultaco?