Finding Street Food in San Diego

The Taco Stand
The Taco Stand

Street food, best defined as prepared or cooked food sold by vendors in a street or other public location for immediate consumption, is one of the food trends that’s taken off in 2019! In cities across the globe, foodies can taste authentic and delicious bites from trucks, stands and the like. Popular streaming service Netflix even invites viewers to embark on a global cultural journey into street food with their original series, Street Food. We decided to round up restaurants that serve the closest thing to street food, so you can venture out on your very own San Diego street food tour.

Fish and chips is one of the most quintessential British foods today and the Fish Shop’s take on this classic fare can’t be beat. Order the Fish N’ Chips at any of their four locations – Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Encinitas or Hermosa Beach – and enjoy grilled or fried Alaskan code with fries, with cocktail and tartar sauce for dipping. Fun fact: fish and chips used to be wrapped and served in newspaper!

Popular throughout the world, ramen can be found at street vendors, ramen shops, karaoke halls and even amusement parks in Japan. Tajima has been satisfying San Diego’s growing hunger for authentic Japanese cuisine and ramen, and currently has five locations sprinkled across the city. The signature Tajima Ramen, made with original tonkotsu soup, fried garlic, green onions, half a ramen egg, pork or chicken chashu, bean sprouts, baby arugula, sesame seeds and Japanese seaweed, is a must-try for any foodie.

Spill the Beans, an eclectic coffee and bagel shop in the Gaslamp District, serves some of SD’s best bagels – no question about it. But I bet you’ve never heard of simit, a popular Turkish street food, which is a circular bread most often covered with sesame, poppy, flax or sunflower seeds. Stop in to Spill the Beans and opt to try the Sesame Bagel, a great option with any of the shop’s inventive cream cheese flavors – from caramelized shallot and chive, to white truffle and parmesan!

With our proximity to Mexico, it’s easy to find delicious taco spots in San Diego. But none quit compare to The Taco Stand. Inspired by the many street vendors and stands found in Tijuana, The Taco Stand aims to create an authentic taco experience by featuring handmade corn tortillas, top grade meats and the freshest ingredients. One of their top sellers is the Al Pastor taco, which consists of rotisseries marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple. Be sure to save room for dessert – The Taco Stand has tasty, frozen Paleta treats!

Jamaica’s Boston Bay is the home of jerk chicken and if you ever visit, you’ll find large barbecue pits of smoked (not grilled) chicken. To get your jerk chicken fix here in San Diego, just visit Mission Beach’s Miss B’s Coconut Club! You can experience the island flare in their Jerk Rubbed Chicken Wings, with your choice of house sauces, or in the seasoned Jerk Chicken plate, served with mango chutney, chimichurri, stewed greens, black beans and rice.