Best Tacos For National Taco Day

Jalisco Cantina Portabello Butterut Spinach Tacos (courtesy photo)

San Diego’s culinary scene exudes Mexican influence, melding piquant south-of-the-border flavors with the city’s gastronomic zeal to yield some seriously good eats. Celebrate National Taco Day on October 4th with the best tacos America’s Finest City has to offer at these San Diego hotspots boasting specials for the occasion!

Nestled in Carmel Valley’s Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Casa Rústica sets the stage for delectable Mexican fare infused with culinary zeal. Clad in south-of-the-border décor, including Talavera tiles and vibrant artwork, the location exudes fun and family-friendly vibes, perfect for a National Taco Day experience. The location will tout a Crispy Octopus Taco Plate and Beef Barbacoa Plate, both priced at $16 and complete with your choice of red or house rice, refried beans and a side of guacamole.

Head to Bub’s @ the Beach on October 4th to enjoy laid-back Pacific Beach vibes matched with $2-off Woody Tacos, packed with shredded cheese, house fresh-ground burger blend, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, tots and Bub’s secret sauce, or take $2-off  Bub’s Fish Tacos, complete with Bub’s Fish Fry or grilled Featured Fish, lime crema, pico de gallo and cabbage. Be sure to wash it down with one of their infamous mules for the full experience!

The Taco Stand is one of San Diego’s most beloved taquerias, and with four outposts situated in La Jolla, Encinitas, Downtown and North Park, you’re bound to find your go-to location this National Taco Day. Celebrate the occasion with $3 Ice Cold Cerveza to pair with one of their popular specialty tacos, including their Al Pastor, a flavorsome creation prepared with a made-to-order corn tortilla, stuffed with tender rotisserie-marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple.

Jalisco Cantina: Located in the heart of the eclectic Oceanside culinary scene, Jalisco Cantina is one of Southern California’s enticing spots for signature cocktails, specialty margaritas and upscale Mexican fare. Home to some of the finest tequilas in the world and an extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else, Jalisco Cantina is making a name for itself as a hit dining and drinking destination in North County. Fresh ingredients are at the heart of Jalisco Cantina’s 100% scratch ingredient cuisine, offering creative and delicious fresh food choices that reflect the vibrant Mexican culture! This National Taco Day, sink your teeth into a selection of taco plates including Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Orange Cumin Carnitas, Chile Dusted Yellowtail, and Slow-Braised Birria, all colorfully served with additions of cotija cheese, fresh cabbage mix, jalapeno, crema, house pico, lime and radish. No vegetarian is left behind with the addition of the Portobello, Butternut & Spinach tacos – roasted to perfection, this veggie-packed taco plate promises the flavors of fall in each bite!

Lazy Hippo: Found in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Lazy Hippo is the new one-stop location for favorite fun, filling and sought-after breakfast and lunch plates. Breaking the mold on the standard café, this cute, quirky and whimsical eatery brings both modern and traditional dishes to the table made with healthy ingredient alternatives and savory flavors. Tasty taco options include battered or grilled Fish Tacos with sour cream, cabbage and pico de gallo along with Veggie Tacos filled with cheese, roasted pepper and zucchini topped with fresh cucumber, guacamole and jalapenos. Dedicated to accommodating all hungry brunch-goers, Lazy Hippo features vibrant vegetarian options and a full vegan-friendly menu including the Jicama Soyrizo Tacos, crisp jicama tortillas loaded with fresh guacamole, salsa fresca, fresh cucumber and seasoned soyrizo seared to perfection!