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Guide to Taco Tuesday Deals in San Diego

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Every Tuesday is a chance to celebrate, especially in San Diego. Taco Tuesday is a favorite for most who live in these parts, because tacos are the staple of any San Diegans’ diet. Now, we all know Tuesday is the best day for tacos…so why not combine them with happy hour?

San Diegans are connoisseurs of Mexican food, especially when it comes to tacos. For anyone who has spent some time in San Diego, you know for a fact that Taco Tuesday is basically a holiday. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to devour the offerings from the best taco joints around San Diego you’re in luck, it’s Tuesday, A.K.A. Taco Tuesday. Give one (or all) of these awesome restaurants a try to satisfy your authentic taco craving. For this Tuesday and all the coming Tuesday’s, we put together a list of some of the best happy hour deals for you to take advantage of. Prepare your appetites.

City Tacos, North Park

City Tacos is one of San Diego’s best. Walk up to the counter and order from their list of delicious taco and beer choices and find a seat inside or on the patio. Their tacos are a sight to behold, with mango salsa, pico de gallo, or flower petals beautifully displayed on top. Visit on Taco Tuesday and enjoy any taco for $3 and Imported Mexican Beer for just $2. Live music blasts from the curb right outside their store, reminding you that tacos are truly a thing to celebrate. You can find their deal at their storefront in North Park or at Mike Hess Brewing Company in North Park.

Cueva Bar, University Heights

Time: 5-6:30pm

$4 craft beer on tap, $5 select wines. Cueva Bar offers unique taco choices, like “tacos de cola de diablo,” which features pork shoulder cooked and simmered in a spicy green tomatillo sauce, served with avocado and pickled onions, and “tacos de camaron” which excite with sauteed shrimp and diced onions and jalapeño, topped with melted crispy cheese, avo-slices, and pickled onions. Both of these options are gluten free, too. Cueva Bar specilizes in tapas, so you get plenty of options if you want to skip tacos this week.

Rabbit Hole, Normal Heights

Time: 5-7pm

$5 select local drafts, glass of wine, and specialty cocktails.  A variety of appetizers is available for $5, like “normal nachos” which can come with pork belly, white chicken and chili, or lobster. Smoked brisket tacos, nachos, hot wings, cheese curds, blistered peppers and more are also up for grabs for this great price.

La Vecinidad, Hillcrest

La Vecinidad Neighborhood Tacos is one of the best places this side of the border to get an authentic serving of tacos. On Tuesdays, tacos are 2 for $5 and include seasoned steak, shrimp, fish, and chile relleno. One of their yelpers said this place feels like Cheers, for the warm and welcoming atmosphere they have created. If you are looking for a place that can begin to look and feel like home, stop by on a Tuesday and see what the fuss is all about.

Uptown Tavern, Hillcrest

Tacos and beer are a surefire combination, and Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest knows it. Their simple Taco menu doesn’t skimp on bold flavors, like Dos Equis-marinated carne asada, or their Kimo Sabe Mezcal & Lime Shrimp. The tacos are street style and are side-kicked by salsa ranchero, avocado crema, salsa fresco and cilantro.

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Del Sur, South Park

Time: 4-6pm

$3 drafts, $4 sangria glass ($20 pitcher), $5 house margaritas ($25 pitcher), $6 mules, and palomas. There are plenty taco options, as well as $6 nachos, flautas, quesadillas, quesa crisps, and San Picon tostadas. Del Sur is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, dog-friendly, and kid-friendly, so everyone is welcome to come enjoy the deals.

Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Old Town

Time: 3-6pm

$1 off all draft beer, $5 Don Julio shots, $6 20oz. house margaritas. $3 appetizers include chicken rolled tacos, quesadillas, chingaderas, nachos and cheesy fries. Fred’s is a casual dining setting, so head there when you get off work, relax, and enjoy your tacos.

Cafe Coyote, Old Town

Time: 3:30-10pm

Old Town’s legendary Cafe Coyote is as close to Mexico as you can get, without having to cross the border…you can tell by their tacos. Cafe Coyote has a great taco selection and drink specials every Tuesday, including $1.50 cantina tacos,  9 different types of tacos from $2 to $3, large margaritas for $4.95, $3.75 draft beers and specialty shots for $4.00.

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Bracero Cocina, Little Italy

While tacos are a simple dish, Bracero Cocina takes them to the next level. Regionally based ingredients allow the artists of Bracero Cocina’s kitchens to turn your basic taco into a magical blend of timeless innovation. For a little fusion adventure, choose their Mexiterranean Adobada, Gyro style, complete with jalapeño tzatziki and olla beans. If not, indulge in their Grouper Taco, or their gourmet Lamb Neck Barbacoa with rejuvenating Kombucha pasilla salsa while you take in that signature San Diego view on their open terrace.

La Puerta, Downtown

Time: 3pm – close

La Puerta serves savory carne asada, carnitas, pollo, cochinita, pastor-style pork or ranchero shrimp for only $2 each. If you want something different this Tuesday, La Puerta also serves “T.J. style” hot dogs for $2 each. Enjoy a Downtown atmosphere without having to break your piggy bank this Tuesday at La Puerta.

¡SALUD!, Barrio Logan

Get your tacos in the heart of Barrio Logan at Salud! Walk up to the counter to order from their long list of taco options including: chorizo, al pastor, veggie, and more. For just $5 you can get 3 of their tacos. Not part of the deal, but definitely worth the extra $5 is their Mexican Street Corn. This deconstructed corn concoction that comes in a cup will make your mouth water and beg you to come back for more.

The Pearl, Point Loma

Time: 4-6pm

$3 select beers, $4 well drinks, $5 house wine, half off specialty drinks. Mahi-mahi fish tacos are only $3.50, or two for $6. Along with other delicious appetizers to share like $3.50 pork carnitas, $6 fries, $7 honey sriracha chicken wings, there’s plenty of things to choose from.

Puesto, La Jolla | Marina District

Time: 3-10pm

You can find taco deals at both of Puesto’s San Diego locations in La Jolla and in the Marina District. From 3-10 p.m. their tacos are only $2.50! This is quite the steal compared to their normal prices of $5-8$8.50 per taco. If you are hoping for something with a little extra pizazz, these tacos won’t disappoint. Pair your tacos with one of their classic margaritas ($6) or a can of Modelo ($3.50). Their deal is only good for parties of 10 or less, so if you have a large crowd, you may need to split into two tables.

Fat Fish Cantina Grill, Pacific Beach

Time: 3-11pm

$3.50 margaritas are only from 3-6pm, but $1.25 street tacos and $1.75 shrimp tacos are available from 3pm until the restaurant closes at 11pm. Just steps from the beach, you can enjoy your dinner at the restaurant then watch the sunset right after.

Sandbar Sports Grill, Mission Beach

Time: 7-close

After you win a round of mini-golf at Belmont Park, tacos at Sandbar Sports Grill are a surefire way to celebrate. Take in the sparkling lights of the park’s Ferris wheel during sunset over some TKO Style tacos, which boasts locally sourced fish, chipotle aioli, uniquely beer-brined escabeche slaw and lime crema among its tasty mates. Not a fish person? Opt for the Ti-Juan-A Taco, made up of succulent pork adobado and sweet roasted pineapple. $6 22oz drafts and goblets, $2 off selected specialty cocktails. Fish tacos are $4, and other appetizers are just $2. If you stay up a little later, from 7pm-2am, you can order $2 tacos, $3 XX drafts and tequila shots, $4 margaritas, and 1/2 off top shelf tequila.

South Beach Bar & Grill, Ocean Beach

Time: 3-6pm for drink specials. Tacos on special all day.

$1 off draft beer and wine by the glass, $4 mimosas, select cocktails $5. Select tacos are $3, and select appetizers are half off. South Beach Bar & Grill has a variety of tacos, both grilled and fried. With meat options like shark, lobster, shrimp, calamari, and oyster, there’s something new to try every Tuesday.

 

Wherever you decide to dine this Tuesday, we hope your hour spent there is happy.

Drew has lived in San Diego going on two years, and can't imagine living anywhere else. She loves the city's beaches, food, and shows. You can contact her at drew@sdentertainer.com.

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