Taco tasting by San Diego Trolley
San Diego recently extended its Trolley system so that the Blue Line now runs all the way from the U.S.-Mexico border to La Jolla in the north.
This $2.2 billion expansion also opens up opportunities for sight-seeing, shopping and taco tasting—a favorite local pastime.
San Diego’s proximity to Mexico, plus abundance of fresh ingredients, have made the region a must-visit destination for foodies and taco lovers everywhere. With an adult day pass costing as little as $6, the Trolley also provides a low-cost way to see the sights and taste the bites that make San Diego such a unique destination.
Every day can be a Taco Trolley day:
A perfect place to start is at the new UTC Trolley station, which not only offers easy access to some of the region’s best shopping at the Westfield UTC but is also home to Tocaya Modern Mexican, a casual eatery known for its healthy fare that offers up plenty of vegan options. The pina pastor is a standout with its inventive mix of adobo tofu, vegan chipotle jack cheese, grilled pineapple salsa, red peppers, onions and arbol salsa.
Eight stops down is the Clairmont Drive Trolley station where a short walk leads to Mike’s Red Tacos food truck. This new addition to Bay Park neighborhood, serves up its acclaimed birria tacos featuring locally sourced, fresh tortillas dipped in chili oil and crisped up for their signature red color.
A few stops further south is the Old Town Trolley station, so named for the nearby Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which features preserved buildings and museums. It also has more than 30 neighboring restaurants that offer a wide range of cuisines, including traditional and contemporary Mexican dishes. The new Old Town Urban Market, an outdoor dining and entertainment complex six blocks from the station, is home to the Michelin-recognized Tuetano Taqueria, which specializes in slow-cooked, Tijuana-style beef birria tacos.
The very next trolley station is the Washington Street stop, where just up the hill sits Lucha Libre Taco Shop. The restaurant’s decor is inspired by the bright colors and distinctive masks of Mexican wrestling and the menu features dishes like the "undefeated seafood taco" and the "birria quesa taco" with beef birria, melted cheese, onions, cilantro and salsa muerta.
A couple stops south on the Blue Line is the County Center/Little Italy station where visitors can easily walk to King and Queen Cantina, a hip, art-filled eatery in the heart of San Diego’s lively Little Italy district. The eclectic menu features all kinds of specialty tacos, including a Hot Cheetos asada taco, which comes with melted cheese, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, chipotle aioli, lime crema, green cabbage, and topped with serrano sauce, red radish and cilantro.
This is just the tip of the taco tastings available in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org.
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