Tacos and Tequila are a staple of the San Diego lifestyle; hence why there is an entire day of the week dedicated to them at restaurants throughout the city. From restaurants in Gaslamp Quarter to various San Diego neighborhoods to delicious street taco vendors, Tequila Tuesday in San Diego is a gastronomic feast and a unique tequila experience with live entertainment and a festival atmosphere. Where can I get the best tacos and tequila in San Diego, you ask? Well, with so many eateries catering to this niche market, let us round up the best-rated Taco Tuesdays in San Diego.
Specializing in taco and tequila flights, El Chingon’s Forty-Twosdays tops the list for best tacos and tequila in San Diego. Next time you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter, head on in to try their Taco Tuesday specials, including La Completa Taco Flight; you get five tacos for $9.42 – carne asada, pollo asado, al pastor, carnitas and Jorge’s taco de pescado. It’s quite the meal and absolutely delicious with some fresh lime. Accompany your tacos with their margarita flight for $15, which changes monthly, or try their Texas Ranch Water as an alternative refreshing tequila cocktail. Wanna make it a special occasion? When you purchase a bottle of Don Julio 1942, you’ll receive two hours of all-you-can-eat tacos for four people! When it comes to delicious tacos and premium tequila tastings, El Chingon should be at the top of your list.
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El Puerto Seafood By the Park
Whether you’re ‘tailgating’ before the Padres game or stopping in for a bite before an event at Petco Park, El Puerto Seafood By the Park in East Village is a great place to enjoy the best of what Mexico has to offer without a passport. Family-owned El Puerto is known for their seafood dishes and oysters. Enjoy $2 fish tacos and $3 beers all day for Taco Tuesday, and see why they’re quickly growing as one of San Diego’s favorite Mexican restaurants.
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
The jewel of Mission Hills, one of the best taco shops in San Diego, Lucha Libre is a must-visit any day of the week! Go in for the over-the-top luchador decor against bubblegum pink and aqua walls, and stay for the freshest, most delicious tacos like their Birria Quesa Taco. However, on Tuesdays, they have a different kind of ‘taco’ special. Lucha Libre’s TJ Tuesdays feature half off their TJ hotdogs & $2 Tecates. So if you’re looking for something a little different and a lotta fun, head over and check them out in Mission Hills, North Park or Sycuan.
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Situated in the heart of Hillcrest and beloved by locals, Baja Betty’s gives you that party vibe, fully equipped with an extensive margarita menu. Stop in for one of the best Taco Tuesdays in San Diego from 5pm until close, and enjoy street tacos and coronas for $3.50 each and $6.50 margaritas. Interested in just the tequila with that Short Rib Street Taco? They offer Cazadores on special: silver $4.50, reposado $5.50, and anejo $6.50. Betty’s caters to everyone and prides itself on being a safe and inclusive experience.
La Vecindad Neighborhood Tacos
Specializing in tacos from Mexico City, La Vecindad in Hillcrest is that hole-in-the-wall cafe raved about by locals. From the decor to the food, there is this energizing vibe that’s very inviting. Choose from any two of their twenty-two delicious tacos options for only $7 on Taco Tuesday. That’s a great deal since they are larger than street tacos with plenty of filling. Pair a pulpo taco and a costa azul with the house margarita; you’ll be glad you did.
Casa de Freds Tacos y Tequila
With the Taco Tuesday menu, you’re not only going to get a great deal at Freds, but you’ll also get some of the best tacos and tequila in San Diego. At Casa de Freds in Old Town San Diego, you can get your fill of a dozen different tacos, including pork chile verde, Texas BBQ or Baja shrimp tacos on Tuesdays, for $4-$7 a la carte, with a $9 grande mango margarita. For the not-so-faint of heart, opt for the B.A.M.! At $37, this margarita comes with a sharing requirement. Make sure to check out all of their tequila cocktails, as they are several delicious craft cocktail options to choose from.
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South Beach Bar & Grille
With some of the best fish tacos and fantastic ocean views, South Beach Bar & Grille has been a cornerstone of the Newport Avenue strip in Ocean Beach since long before I can remember. In addition to their various daily specials, their Taco Tuesday specials run all day with $3.95 tacos(excluding lobster) and $7 Patron margaritas. Some say they are one of the best taco shops in San Diego with their Mahi Mahi tacos being a fan favorite for a reason…they are so good! So the next time you’re down by the beach, stop by and delight your taste buds.
Still looking for more tacos and tequila in San Diego outside of Tuesdays? Whether you’re looking for an event-style experience or a small group tour, you can count on America’s Finest City to have it all.
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Taco ‘bout a fun-filled two-day weekend featuring, you guessed it, tequila, tacos and music! In the spring, CBF Productions brings this two-day live entertainment and culinary event to southern California. Previously held on the Embarcadero, the Tequila & Taco Music Festival has been moved to a new home in Petco Park to showcase the live music better. The taco and tequila vendors are set up within the ballpark in Gallagher Square, formerly known as Park in the Park. General admission tickets for the event include festival entry, six half-ounce tequila tasting experiences and a souvenir tasting glass. Sample something you like? Additional food and beverages are available for purchase. You can sign up now through their website to receive up-to-date information and special offers, so there’s no missing out on the next event!
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Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Walking Tour
Looking for a more in-depth guide to the tequila and taco culture in San Diego? Check out our Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Walking Tour in beautiful, historic Old Town! Enjoy haunted tales of the Whaley House Museum and El Campo Santo Cemetery, street-side fresh flour tortilla making at Coyote Cafe, tequila and Mexican food samplings, and an in-depth history lesson on the birthplace of San Diego in this two-and-a-half hour guided walking tour. Book your tickets ahead of time! For parties of ten or more, be sure to inquire about the private tour option, which is great for team building.
It’s no wonder why there are so many wonderful options when it comes to Mexican cuisine in this city. San Diegans love their tacos and tequila! Dip into the culture and try a taco combination you’ve never had before or a craft tequila cocktail that’s not your typical margarita. Taco Tuesday San Diego is the best time to try something new. So who has the best taco shop in San Diego? Try them all! There’s no such thing as too much taco and tequila!
But if tacos and tequilas aren’t your thing, there are plenty of wine bars in San Diego to fill your evenings with great wine and good food. Looking for the best craft beers and pub grub? Head to any famous sports bars in downtown San Diego for quality IPAs.