11 Cali-Baja Creations To Taco ‘Bout

San Diego is home to plenty of treasures: gorgeous beaches, a booming craft beer scene, and trendy nightlife. But none are quite as tasty as Cali-Baja cuisine! Check out these unique flavors from some of San Diego’s hottest restaurants.

1. Albacore Two Ways

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Served seared and tartare, this tasty tuna dish from chef Javier Plascencia at Bracero will make your taste buds tingle with joy.

2. Street Corn

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Común chef Chad White puts a unique twist on a Mexican favorite. Charred corn is seasoned with butter, lime, and onions and tossed in a mayo-lined mug topped with cilantro and chicharrones. Corn never looked (and tasted) so good!

3. Tacos de Camarón

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Hooray for shrimp! This tasty trio from chefs John Gray & Deborah Scott of Coasterra consists of Mexican white shrimp, morita aioli, cabbage, pico de gallo, Mexican rice, and pinto beans served up in fresh corn tortillas.

4. Grilled Octopus Tostada

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This tasty tostada from Galaxy Taco has a bean puree, avocado, tomato, and burnt orange-habanero salsa. Octopus lovers unite!

5. Grilled SD Avocado Taco

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Vegetarian simplicity at its best: bean puree, creamy corn salad, lime, and avocado. Of all the dishes that could convince you to go vegetarian, this would have to be it!

6. Ceviche Karina’s

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Did someone say ceviche? GET OUT OF THE WAY!! The signature ceviche of Karina’s is a traditional ceviche with chopped shrimp, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro in their spicy chile serrano sauce. Someone pass the tortilla chips!!

7. Tacos, Tacos, Tacos, oh, and…Tacos

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What’s your taco fantasy? Puesto can make them come true. There’s chicken al pastor, chicken verde, carnitas, lamb barbacoa, potato soy chorizo veggie, tuna asada, lobster, filet mignon — the list goes on (seriously)!

8. Coyota

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Coyota from Sirena in Little Italy is a unique dessert consisting of Mexican pastry, piloncillo (an unrefined sugar), vanilla ice cream, strawberry, and mango. It is best described in one word: “deliciousness.”

9. Squid and Pea Salad

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This beautiful work of culinary art from Sirena has shaved fennel, baby artichokes, English peas, crispy bacon, mint vinaigrette shaved celery, lemon sorbet, and fresh squid. And yes, it tastes as good as it looks!

10. Shrimp Molcajete

Courtesy of The Blind Burro

Oh yeah, baby. YES! YEAH! That’s jumbo Mexican shrimp, calabacitas, red bell peppers, queso panela, onions, charred jalapeños, and poblano sauce served with fresh tortillas. You can find it at The Blind Burro, located just next to Petco Park.

11. Cazuelita de Cachete de Res

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In case you don’t speak Spanish, what we have here are beef cheek tacos from Romesco in Bonita. They’re adorned with cilantro, chopped onion, and fresh salsa. But, of course, taste transcends language barriers.

Are you hungry yet? There’s plenty more where that came from! Visit sandiego.org to plan your next getaway!

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