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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.

Taco Stand (Multiple Locations)

San Diego’s staple taco haven and local favorite, The Taco Stand, has opened in North Park at the corner of 30th and Upas. This the fourth location for the San Diego based brand with a cult-like following. In addition to its mainstay menu of tacos, burritos, and sides, this location also offers several beers on tap, making it a perfect Taco Tuesday choice. The Taco Stand excels with their handmade corn tortillas made in house daily, fresh ingredients, and tempting sauce bar with delicious salsas, cilantro sauce, and chipotle sauce. The hands-down taco champion is the Al Pastor – rotisserie marinated pork with cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce, and pineapple – for the most flavorful taco you’ve ever had.

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

Time: 4:00-10:00pm

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. Enjoy $2-3 street tacos, $5 tequila cocktails and $7 margaritas.

Baja Betty’s, Hillcrest

Time: 6-11pm

Baja Betty’s is a Hillcrest institution. With a wide variety of tacos specials from $2 – $3 each, plus beer and tequila shots at the same price point, this spot is a Taco Tuesday winner. Wash it all down with a $6 margarita and you’ll be good-to-go.

Barrio Star, Bankers Hill

This modern Mexican restaurant is located on 6th Avenue, adjacent to Balboa Park. Head on over on Tuesday for discounted tacos ($3.50-$4 each). Select from chicken, spicy chicken, carnitas, soy chorizo, fish, shrimp, salmon and more. Their drinks are killer too – enjoy a $7 house margarita for $7, or  get the blood orange or roasted jalapeno blackberry margarita for $8.

Del Sur, South Park

Time: 4-9:30pm

Discount drafts, $5 sangria glass ($25 pitcher), $6 house margaritas ($30 pitcher). There are plenty taco options, as well. 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: 4pm-close

Discounted draft beer, $6 Patron shots, $4-6 margaritas, plus a la carte tacos from $3-5. We also highly recommend appetizers including 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 a variety of tacos from $3 to $4, large margaritas for $7.50, and $4 draft beer.

La Puerta, Downtown

Time: 3pm – close

La Puerta serves savory carne asada, carnitas, pollo, cochinita, pastor-style pork or ranchero shrimp for only $3 each. If you want something different this Tuesday, La Puerta also serves “T.J. style” hot dogs for $3 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 $6 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: 4-10pm

With happy hour from 4-6pm, stop in early for $4 select beers, $5 well drinks, $6 house wine, and half off specialty drinks. Taco Tuesday specials run till 10pm and include Mahi-mahi fish tacos for only $3.50. Enjoy other delicious appetizers like pork carnitas, fries, honey sriracha chicken wings, and more.

Puesto, La Jolla, Marina District

Time: 3-10pm

Puesto is cranking out fresh tacos, made from scratch every day. Options are unique and interesting, from lamb tacos to filet mignon, it’s just what you’d epect from a hip La Jolla taco spot. Enjoy $3.50 tacos and Modelo, plus their Puesto Perfect Margarita for $9 (until 5pm only).

Fat Fish Cantina Grill, Pacific Beach

Time: 3-11pm

$4 margaritas are only from 3-6pm, but $1.25 street tacos and $2 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.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Pacific Beach

Time: 11am-10pm

If you’re fresh from your surfing session, head over to Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach, where classic fish tacos await your grumbling stomach. Dive into the crunchy beer-battered haddock filets plated with shaved cabbage, cotija cheese, cilantro crema, avocado, pico de gallo and a side of corn pudding. Taco Tuesday specials include $3 Tacos chicken or brisket tacos, $4 Blackened Fish Taco, $4.50 Spicy Shrimp Taco and $5.95 Chips & Guacamole. Plus, they’re serving up $4 drafts and $6 El Jimador margaritas.

Pacific Beach Shore Club, Pacific Beach

Time: 4pm-close.

Pacific Beach Shore Club is serving up a variety of Taco Tuesday specials, including their tenderly succulent Brisket Tacos. Make it a plate with Jasmine rice and black beans for a real treat. You’ll get $4 beers, $6 margaritas, $2.50 tacos (chicken, veggie, brisket or steak), $3.50 tacos (shrimp, lobster or mahi). They’ve also got discounted nachos and $5 well drinks from 8pm to close.

Sandbar Sports Grill, Mission Beach

Time: 4pm-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. Happy hour runs until 7pm where you can enjoy $6 22oz drafts and goblets and $4 tacos. Starting at 7pm, sip on $4 margaritas and enjoy $2 tacos.

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.

Tacos El Gordo, Chula Vsta (multiple locations)

While Tacos El Gordo doesn’t specifically have Taco Tuesday specials, their prices (and quality) are too good not to include on the list. These tacos come with fresh, homemade tortillas, and options for fillings are impressive…from adobada, carne asada, cabeza, lengua, and more… these Tijuana Style won’t disappoint.

 

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.

3 Comments

  1. Concerned

    February 27, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Isn’t Bracero closed???

  2. Anny H. Ruth

    February 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    The story was originally published in 2017. Thanks for the update! We’ve updated the story to reflect the closing.

  3. Gerald Torres

    May 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Honored to be on the top of your list, committed to staying there!

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