San Diego loves a good taco, so it’s no wonder why Curadero, the vibrant Mexican kitchen downtown, is celebrating in a big way this National Taco Day. On Thursday, Oct. 4, taco lovers can head to Curadero and enjoy happy hour priced tacos all day. That’s tacos starting at $3, like Chef Brad Kraten’s Chicken Tinga ($3) with tomato and chipotle braised chicken, onion, cilantro crema and queso fresco, Suadero ($3) with braised short rib, marinated onions, chipotle peanut sauce and cilantro, and Pescado ($4) with beer battered fish, chiptole mayo, iceberg slaw and cilantro crema. Just for National Taco Day, Chef will be serving a flavorful vegetarian option, Taco de Jamaica, with hibiscus flowers, jalapeño, cactus and onion. Curadero // 1047 5th Avenue – Curadero.com
Mezé Greek Fusion will be celebrate National Taco Day with a featured line-up of Greek-inspired tacos available throughout the day on Thursday, Oct. 4. Priced between $2.50 and $5 per taco, with the option of adding a hard shell or “Grecamole,” Greek-style guacamole, Mezé Greek Fusion’s selection of tacos includes: Gyro Philly, served with onions, peppers, Swiss cheese, pico de Greco and spicy tzatziki; Kasseri cheese with pico de Greco, lettuce and spicy tzatziki; roasted pulled pork, served with feta and cilantro; shrimp, topped with pico de Greco, lettuce and spicy tzatziki; blackened mushroom, with lettuce and spicy tzatziki; and more. Reservations may be made by calling 619.550.1600 or on the website at www.GaslampMeze.com.
Death By Tequila (DxT), located at 569 S. Coast Hwy. 101, will transport the taste of Baja to North County for National Taco Day. The new Encinitas hotspot will infuse cross border flavors with local organic produce to craft a taco that will be available exclusively on the Thursday, Oct. 4 holiday. DxT will serve a featured taco of roasted carrots from local farm, JR Organics, topped with almond hummus, quinoa, avocado, watermelon radish and Meyer lemon. A plate of the three featured tacos will be available for $12. DxT’s three signature tacos, always on the menu, include: spicy mole, made with purple potatoes, guacamole, queso fresco and cilantro; carnitas, topped with pineapple, chipotle, pickled onion and aged cheese; and market fish, made with coriander, mustard aïoli, pickled onion and kafir salt. DxT is open daily. The bar opens at 3 p.m. and the dining room opens at 5 p.m. More information is available on the website at www.deathbytequila.com, by calling 760.230.6108 or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DeathByTequila.
Wake up and smell the tacos! Cafe 222, located at 222 Island Ave., will put a breakfast twist on National Taco Day with breakfast tacos offered exclusively for the holiday on Thursday, Oct. 4. Cafe 222 proprietor, Terryl Gavre, has crafted a breakfast taco platter that will feature corn tortillas filled with eggs, Ortega chilis, sausage and salsa, served with refried beans. The breakfast plate will be priced at $14.95. Cafe 222 is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information may be found by visiting www.cafe222.com.