Taco Shops

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Ubiquitous, San Diego, CA, USA
Taco Shops - Carne asada burrito, horchata (cinnamon rice drink), and the chips and salsa that come with all meals
Taco Shops - The traditional red and yellow menu board
Taco Shops - Yet another taco shop in a strip mall
Taco Shops - This one's just called 'Taco Shop'
Taco Shops - A standard  San Diego Taco Shop

Taco Shops San Diego Reviews

cneoridium cneoridi…
44 reviews
Taco Shops Feb 11, 2007
It's hard to find an example of "local" food in San Diego. Pretty much everyone here is a recent immigrant, most within the last 20 to 50 years. Thus there's a huge diversity of food here from all over the world. Taco shops are something that seems to be unique to the area though. This is what feeds college students: cheap, big, and open 24 hours a day.

There's one in every neighborhood, typically painted orange and yellow, and usually end with "berto's". The original was Roberto's, but there are Alberto's Adalberto's, Filiberto's as well. They're known for large portions of good, fresh food, cheap. If you're driving, they usually have a drive-through- always fun when they read your order back in machinegun fast Baja Spanish "Carneasadaburritoguacamolenoonionsextracheese,dosbeeftaco,ydoshorchatas...that's it?" You find them throughout California, but they tend to stray from the original tastes as you move north.

Examples of classic San Diego items are:

Carne asada- burrito the size of your leg or a taco with spiced lean beef and guacamole (mashed avocados). Usually close to a pound in weight.

Tortas- big fresh flat roll with beef or pork as a sandwich.

Rolled tacos- shredded beef wrapped in a corn tortilla (like a cigar) and fried, usually topped with guacamole and cheese.

Carnitas- spicy pork is slow roasted, then fried on the grill.

Bean burrito- savory, slow cooked mashed beans in a flour tortilla with cheese. Every place takes pride in having a larger bean burrito than the next.

Machaca burrito- for breakfast, chorizo sausage scrambled with eggs and salsa.
A standard San Diego Taco Shop
This one's just called "Taco Shop"
The traditional red and yellow men…
Carne asada burrito, horchata (cin…
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cneoridium says:
Hmm, I'll have to try Sara's... how did I miss one? : )
Posted on: May 19, 2010
Eric says:
Good review! I haven't had mexican food in a while... makes me hungry
Posted on: Sep 01, 2009
lisa says:
lol.. this is soo familiar to me. i went to UCSD for undergrad. i used to get carne asada fries at 2am with my friends... heart attack in a box. my dad loved it so much i would bring one back for him (in my trunk, of course, they're quite smelly) on my drives back to LA!
Posted on: Apr 16, 2007
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