Are you ready for the ultimate taco taste test? The San Diego Reader invites you to our third annual, Reader Tacotopia on May 13, 2017! This event will take place in Golden Hill Park to celebrate one of San Diego’s finest qualities...TACOS! We are gathering the 50 finest taco vendors from San Diego, LA and TJ and attendees will ultimately decide who will win the Best Taco at Tacotopia 2017! The music, drinks, San Diego sun and tacos makes this our most popular event every year.
While you eat your weight in tacos and bask in the San Diego sunshine, there will be live music from some of Tijuana's best bands and a cash bar with beer, margaritas, and more! All proceeds from the cash bar will benefit The Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation. Choose from two ticket options:
General Admission (21+ ONLY): Valid from 1pm-4pm and includes tacos from all vendors (while supplies last). Discounted pre-sale tickets available for a limited time. These tickets are likely to sell out. Does not include drink tickets!
VIP Ticket (21+ ONLY): Valid from 12pm-4pm (early admittance). Includes 2 drink tickets and tacos from all vendors (while supplies last).
The party will be happening, rain or shine. Sorry, but pets and anyone under 21 will not be permitted. This includes infants! This is a strict 21+ event!
We are expecting a sold out event, tickets may not be sold at the door. Please check back for updates.
Don't worry about driving to Tacotopia 2017, we've got you covered! Take a Lyft ride to or from Golden Hill Park, and receive 30% off of your ride. Enter code TACOTOPIA2017 in 'promos' to redeem. Available to all new and existing users! Valid for 30% off, $5 per ride with a maximum of 2 rides. Ride must be to or from Golden Hill Park (2590 Golden Hill Dr., San Diego, CA 92102). Valid only on Saturday, May 13 from 11AM to 6PM. Subject to Lyft terms.
Aqui Es Texcoco BBQ
If you are craving traditional lamb barbecue or just a hearty Mexican meal, you don’t have to look any further than Aqui es Texcoco—one of only five San Diego restaurants certified “Authentic Mexican” by the government of Mexico! They will be serving Mini lamb barbecue tacos and samples of lamb broth.
BlueWater Seafood Market & Grill
Fresh local seafood has always been a part of the experience. Fish tacos on the docks in Ensenada, where they were invented. Ahi sashimi in the galley on the boat ride home, sliced from that morning’s tuna catch. White Sea Bass pulled from the Baja surf and grilled on the spot over a mesquite campfire.
Randall L. Wyner was tired of having to jump in his car every time he craved a good taco. After a long night out in west Newport Beach, CA left Wyner and friend Daniel A. Biello disgruntled and hungry with no good local Mexican joints to choose from, the idea hit them right in their angry stomachs: Made-to-order Mexican food that was both fast and fresh. It could be something far superior to what the competition was offering. With more than just good food, it could be a place where they would want to hang out too.
Through this idea, along with third-generation recipes they acquired from a close family friend, Chronic Tacos was born. The doors swung open at the 800-square-foot Newport Beach location just in time for the 2002 annual Newport Beach Fourth of July Celebration, where thousands of locals indulged in generous portions of fresh authentic ingredients for the first time. Music was blasting, food was flowing and the vibe was great, but the demand soon proved too much for that location alone, and it quickly became time for Biello and Wyner to start thinking about bringing their concept to other areas.
Chronic Tacos opened its Huntington Beach location in 2005, and this time it wasn’t just about the tacos and fresh salsa; patrons were also treated to beer, wine, pool tables and a larger seating area for kicking back. Once again, the locals loved it and Biello and Wyner found themselves entering the world of franchising.
The word had already spread about the great taco restaurant with the laid back feel when the first Chronic Tacos franchise opened in San Clemente in April of 2006. People lined up out the door to be a part of opening day; it was a sign of great things to come.
The momentum hasn’t slowed down a bit; Chronic Tacos now has more than 30 locations throughout California and beyond, including locations in Nevada and Canada. Even professional skater and MTV Jackass legend Jason Acuña has gotten in on the action, opening his own Redondo Beach franchise called Wee Man's Chronic Tacos. Serving generous portions of fresh, delicious food in a unique atmosphere continues to be the culture conveyed at every location. It is clear that Chronic Tacos isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon, and stomachs everywhere are eternally grateful.
City Tacos is a craft Taquería, featuring a selection of San Diego and Mexican beer, fresh salsa and San Diego’s best craft tacos. Located in the heart of San Diego, in North Park at 3028 University Avenue & Coming Soon…Encinitas.
Common Theory Public House
Inspired by a group of friends who are always in search of great food, quality craft beers, and an overall good time, Common Theory will appeal to the local crowd and the casual connoisseur from other parts of San Diego by featuring 30-34 craft beers on tap. The rotating selection of craft beers will derive from many of the local San Diego breweries, breweries up and down the coast of California, and sometimes from other parts of the states. Our philosophy in beer selection is that there is always something available for everyone, but if there isn't we will try our best to find you a beer that suits the palate. Please note that apply the literal meaning of "rotating selection"; although our beer lines are designated to certain styles, the brewery and beer names will always rotate!!! Being in the Craft Beer Capital of the world, we strive to keep the draft beer system clean by performing regular maintenance and cleaning in order to pour our customers a clean, crisp, and tasteful glass of beer.
Curadero (formerly Saltbox)
Curadero will celebrate soulful Mexican street food in a vibrant and modern interior, opening early 2017.
Don Chido (translation: “Mr. Cool”) serves San Diego’s best Mexican cuisine in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Our menu showcases handcrafted Mexican food that features quality fresh ingredients. Start your meal with a flight of our signature salsas and warm tortilla chips while browsing our “Drink Bible” for an extensive list of tequila and regional mezcals. Don Chido serves a lunch, dinner, and late-night menu.
Famoso is a mobile Food Truck and Taco Cart family owned business that is inspired by the authentic favors of Baja California Street food. Famoso was born from a bold and extraordinary idea: to bring the distinctive flavors of Mexican Street Food to the Streets of Southern California.
Our authentic Mexican Street Food features top grade meats and the freshest ingredients, we make from scratch daily all our family recipes of marinades, salsas, secret sauces & guacamole. Besides amazing Street and Gourmet Tacos, we also have a great selection of Specialty items inspired from the streets of Baja California.
Let us showcase our culinary delights at your next social event, family gathering, corporate event or anything else in between.
Fork Ya Food Truck
Awesome new food truck hitting San Diego!
Thanks for visiting ¡SALUD! an authentic Mexican eatery. We are located in Historic Barrio Logan in the original Bank of Italy building from 191o. We offer the award winning tacos and other Mexican street food created by our parent company The San Diego Taco Company. San Diego Taco Company was voted the best caterer in San Diego for both 2012 & 2014.
La Corriente Cevichería Nais
Beautiful restaurant in Tijuana known for it's amazing seafood. Have not visited TJ before? Come on down and try the Red Snapper with a great view. Fresh tuna, tacos and tostadas. See you at Tacotopia!
TACOS, TUNES, & TEQUILA… that’s what we’re all about. We’ve always envisioned La Puerta as a hangout for people who want to be treated with a high level of hospitality while enjoying quality Mexican food and drinks in a fun atmosphere. Our Sinaloa inspired family recipes demand we make nearly everything on the menu fresh daily and we never use artificial flavorings or enhancers. Our specialty drinks are made with the freshest ingredients and juices. We squeeze every lime, and while it may take a few minutes, we strive to make a damn good drink that delivers maximum refreshment. Whether you’re enjoying our Carne Asada tacos or our fresh-squeezed margaritas, you will be shown sincere appreciation for your business and a genuine good time.
Lena Craft Mexican
Leña Craft Mexican gastropub, located in the heart of La Jolla, CA. Wood-fired regional Mexican cuisine served in a casual yet elegant second-floor space.
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop was established on January 2008 in Mission Hills, San Diego. We are three brothers (Jose Luis, Maurilio, and Diego Rojano-Garcia, with mother "B" in the kitchen making the salsas) born in Mexico and raised in San Diego. We are dedicated to doing business in a style and in a store whose decor represents the same vibrant, high spirits of its namesake wrestling tradition, while serving up fresh, delicious Mexican food.
Mascarpone Cheesecake by Chef Turok
After being a professional DJ for about 8 years, he decided to take his love & dedication of food to the next level by attending Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena in ’07. Once he graduated, he worked at some of the best restaurants around LA: Providence Restaurant (chef de Partie; Monsieur Marcel (Executive Sous Chef); Joe’s Restaurant in Abbott Kinney (Chef de Partie); Hatfield’s (Chef de Tournant); CASA Restaurant (Executive Sous Chef); as well as stints with Spago and Wolfgang Puck Catering. When it comes to his Mascarpone Cheesecakes, he created his recipe in ’07 and started selling them in 2015 (within weeks was mentioned in an online article for Los Angeles Magazine), has been featured in many food festivals (Tacolandia, Burgers & Beer, Taste Of Mexico) with 4 vendors currently selling his creations, which include: Primera Taza Coffee House in Boyle Heights; Tlayuda LA in East Hollywood; Gloria’s Restaurant in Huntington Park; and Colonia Publica in Uptown Whittier.
Mastiff Sausage Company
From our truck to our food to our garden, Mastiff Sausage Company was built from the ground up to represent San Diego and answer the call for real, honest food.
Sports fans return to this bi-level, beachside spot for drinks & bar fare inside or on 2 patios. It's the Best Sports Bar in PB to Watch the Game!
Pacific Beach Fish Shop
Established in 2010, the Pacific Beach Fish Shop opened with the sole purpose of providing the best service and freshest fish in Pacific Beach. Since then, the Fish Shop has become a local favorite as well as a popular destination for the many thousands of visitors to Pacific Beach. Our menu is uniquely tailored, offering you a boatload of fresh fish selections to choose from, your preferred seasoning and a choice between having it all tucked within a taco, sandwich, salad, or on a plate. The Fish Shop will get you hooked on some of the freshest seafood east of the beach. Dine on our comfortable well-lit, heated patio, take out, or order from our market one of the daily catch selections to cook at home. Just dust the sand off your feet and dive into some of the local favorites, such as our award-winning TKO taco; grilled mahi-mahi marinated in our Fish Shop seasoning topped with our house-made tropical mango salsa, the house-made New England-style clam chowder with smoked Andouille sausage or a juicy lemon butter halibut sandwich served with avocado on a torta roll. While dining at the Fish Shop, relax and enjoy one of the 50 San Diego microbrew beers we serve in a family- and dog-friendly atmosphere that reflects the casual Pacific Beach lifestyle. If you choose to pair any of our dishes with a glass of wine, bring your own and enjoy no corkage fee. There’s plenty of parking to boast about, too! Just look for the 17 ft. marlin hanging around on the corner of Garnet and Kendall and you will have docked upon the finest “catch of the day” selections at the Pacific Beach Fish Shop.
At Porkyland, we always use the finest ingredients when creating our made-fresh-daily menus. From our award-winning carnitas to our classic enchiladas, our traditional nopalitos and our sizzling fajitas, our specially trained chefs use time-honored recipes and classic, authentic methods to prepare some of the tastiest, most delicious meals from Mexico you’ll ever experience. Porkyland is dedicated to giving you the best quality service and food, through our restaurants and catering services. Come experience Mexican food the way it’s supposed to be… Fresh. Authentic. Delicious. From us to you – we offer you the best.
Pueblo brings Modern Baja Coastal Cuisine to Pacific Beach.
Now Soflty Open!
Experienced restaurateur Mark Oliver, and local Pacific Beach resident investors, are behind a complete renovation of the 5,900-square-foot site of the former China Inn, which promises to add a full-service and upscale dining option to the Pacific Beach neighborhood.
Pueblo will bring a bit of Baja coast to San Diego, with a menu that brings together traditional dishes derived from the coastal communities of Baja and contemporary chef-driven plates fueled by regional ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood and lighter preparations. The restaurant's bar will pour beer and wine from both sides of the border, and offer a good selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails. The restaurant's seating is mostly laid out in an open courtyard and rooftop deck, with a design that will be airy and modern, yet retain rustic architecture details that inspired the Pueblo name.
Puesto successfully mixes a casual attitude with an original twist on Mexican street food, knows the true meaning of fresh. Every made-to-order, gourmet taco, bowl and salad is prepared fresh.
Rubio's Coastal Grill
For the last 30 years, the ocean has been a source of inspiration since we first served the Original Fish Taco. Over the past few years, our menu has evolved to celebrate the ocean more than ever. We've introduced new coastal dishes featuring grilled-to-order sustainable seafood and unique flavors found only at Rubio's. Thanks for being part of our ongoing story.
Sammy's Mexican Bakery
Sammy's Bakery is a company dedicated to providing their customers with unique dessert flavors and presentations. They provide dedicated service that allows them to help you celebrate any occasion without hassle. They have over 50 years of experience in the art of making cakes, which helps them offer a wide range of pastries with specific flavors that delight the palates of each of their clients. Each of their desserts this done personally, using their own recipes, selecting the freshest fruits of the season the best ingredients.
Señor Grubby's started in 2008 by a group of local guys looking to put a twist on the local Mexican fair. After numerous trips to Mexico and local Mexican & American breakfast spots they noticed missing elements that they wanted to highlight.
The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole
The Downtown Local is like your favorite sweatshirt, offering a level of comfort and design that never goes out of style. Granted, some occasions call for a tuxedo or an evening gown. But generally, we are uncomfortable in those situations. There is certainly a time and a place for acting like a grownup. Yet when given the choice, when we are looking for a great way to spend an evening, when allowed to let loose and be who we are to the core... we know where to turn. The Local Downtown, like your favorite sweatshirt, has been through the tumble cycle a few times. However it's those experiences that add character and contribute to its overall appeal. So like your favorite sweatshirt, The Local knows what you want and is here when you need it most.
Tin Roof is a live music venue, bar & restaurant located on 4th & G Street in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter within walking distance to all Downtown hotels & the Convention Center. We feature live music nightly from local San Diego musicians from acoustic duo's on weeknights to high-energy, full bands on weekends. Choose from a selection of 24 beers on tap including 4 local brews & try our Southern inspired menu with favorites like Nashville Hot Chicken, Dixie Biscuits & Pub Boards. Catch the game on our 27 TV's & projector screen & enjoy bar games including shuffleboard, cornhole & beer pong. Our relaxed & fun atmosphere is the perfect place to grab a cold one, celebrate a special occasion or a night out with friends.
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