Outstanding barbacoa taco and brisket taco at OTB in Escondido!
(Visited December 10, 2019) In all our trips to Catalina Island we’ve never tried Pete’s Plaza Cafe until this visit! About a block inland from Crescent Avenue in the heart of Avalon is a no frills kitchen with covered outdoor seating. They serve a variety of foodstuffs but seem to specialize in tacos. We took advantage of their great Happy Hour $1 taco special. We ate light because there were bigger dinner plans in store for us. I really enjoyed these carne asada tacos and cerveza. Their salsas were excellent. Pete’s will definitely be a must visit on all our future trips.
La Taqueria Jalisco is an outstanding food truck (trailer) that makes frequent visits to numerous soirées around Ramona. I first tried them at a tap takeover at Reds, Whites & Brews. Had an excellent order of carne asada nachos and a plate of street tacos. I just loved all the delicious flavors of hot sauce they give you on the side!
Outstanding al pastor tacos at El Taco Loco Shop inside Ramona Market recently! Seriously, some of the best tacos in town. For breakfast, lunch or dinner. Back in the day I always had unfortunate oral extractions to deal with when eating here but this batch was top shelf. Tender, flavorful and nice crispy edges from finishing on the flat top. Only $5.99 for three fatty tacos.
One of my favorite happy hour spots in Oceanside is Hello Betty Fish House! Stunning open air views of the beach with a top-shelf yet casual vibe. I enjoyed a few small plates, including an outstanding fish & chips plus tasty street taco things with huge daubs of guac! Their clam chowder was pretty average though.
In business since 1971, Casa de Pico is a SoCal institution! Beginning in Old Town San Diego, they eventually moved to La Mesa in 2005. The atmosphere at their Grossmont Center location is simply stunning! Reminiscent of the spirit of their original Old Town location. It’s a fun, festive environment with vivid colors, hand-painted artwork, wrought iron chandeliers, etc. Food is outstanding, too! I enjoyed one of their signature dishes called “Senor Pico”. Beautifully grilled, thin-sliced carne asada with a taco and cheese enchilada.