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I just have to say, the new “Taco Tuesday” at D’Carlos certainly lives up to the hype! Your choice of two tacos featuring a variety of protein choices, thoughtfully plated with a side of rice & beans (omitted) plus a daub of guacamole and lime wedges. I particularly loved the soft, supple flour tortillas. The standout for me was their surprisingly good house made chips & salsa. Definitely giving Nuevo Girl a run for their money. Icing on the cake was 25% off margaritas all day.


On the Border

OTB has been pushing the culinary envelope with a number of exciting new menu items! I’ve tried a couple over the last few months and have been really impressed. Birria is all the rage right now in SoCal and the new Birria Quesa Tacos were excellent. Tender, flavorful beef barbacoa, Mexican cheese, diced onion and cilantro in crispy flour tortillas, served with a traditional side of hot consommé. Kind of like a Mexican French Dip!

Equally outstanding was the Spicy Chorizo Quesadilla. Chorizo with mixed cheeses and spicy avocado ranch folded into a supple flour tortilla and grilled quesadilla style. Served with fresh guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. I recommend checking out if you haven’t been in a while. Especially my favorite location in Esco. I always love their generous serving of chips & salsa and their thoughtful selection of ice cold libations.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding “Queso Tacos” at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! I ordered one carne asada and the other shrimp. Super messy to eat but so delicious.

Senor Burro

I’m really enjoying the new Senor Burro taco shop in Rancho Bernardo! I believe this is a new addition to their OG location in La Mesa. No frills taco shop with a small, but smart and clean dining area. Simple menu of taco and burrito type favorites that are made very well. On my first visit I had the surf & turf bowl which was outstanding. I did not feel all distended after eating it. Nice, satisfying portion though. Second visit I had an assortment of TJ style street tacos. One carne asada, one adobada and one fish taco. All were excellent! Loved their house made corn tortillas. They held up well under the mound of taco goodness heaped upon them.

Casa Machado Mexican Restaurant

Birria seems to be all the rage right now in SoCal and the Birria tacos at Casa Machado are no slouch! Simply excellent when paired with a nice cheese enchilada combination plate.

Miguel’s Cocina

Such a remarkable dish at Miguel’s simply called “La Baja”! An excellent shrimp enchilada paired with a nice carne asada taco.

Tacos El Panson

Excellent taco catering from Tacos El Panson on El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. They had their mobile Cocina setup in my neighbors driveway for an event recently.

On the Border

Outstanding barbacoa taco and brisket taco at OTB in Escondido!

Pete’s Plaza Cafe

(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.

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding Happy Hour fish taco and albondigas soup at Miguel’s in 4S Ranch!

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