From $15 to $25
The Taco Stand
621 Pearl St., La Jolla 92037 Driving directions
  • The MICHELIN Plate : good cooking Fresh ingredients, capably prepared: simply a good meal.
  • Simple standard.

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  • Mexican
  • Non-smoking retsaurant
  • Wheelchair access
  • Outside dining available
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant

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One of three locations, this family-run taqueria is inspired by the taco stands located just an hour away in Tijuana, but the name might as well refer to what you’ll be doing here. That’s right, you’ll be doing a lot of standing around, as the lines are long. Pack your patience and a watchful eye to ensure someone doesn’t snag your meal from the counter. The aggression is warranted, as the tacos, burritos and elote with mayo, parmesan and chili powder are all deliciously messy. The marinated pork in the al pastor taco is pure bliss; grilled mahi mahi is appetizing; and flame-grilled nopales are just right for vegetarians.

The California burrito, bursting with fire-grilled Angus beef steak with cheese and French fries, is a thing of beauty.

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