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A Taco Tour of SoCal

March 3, 2010

What is SoCal known for?  (Aside from fabulous weather and surfing?) 

Fish tacos. 

And frozen yogurt apparently.  But frozen yogurt is not the point of this post.  So ignore that.  Although we did try Pinkberry, just to see what all the fuss was about.  But I digress.


I made it my mission to explore as many varieties of fish tacos as I could during our time there.  And now, for your reading pleasure, my findings.

Day 1

Fish tacos at C Level

Fish taco on the left, half of KK's sandwich on the right, KK's knuckles in the back. Again with my mad photog skillz.

Blackened fish, pineapple salsa, cabbage and an avocado cream sauce.  I found them very tasty.  KK thought they were a little on the spicy side.   Perhaps worth ordering again, but not worth a special trip back to C Level.  Although the ambiance at C Level was lovely.  And KK’s lobster sandwich was yummy.

Day 2

Fish tacos at Prado

These were set up like fajitas so that you could make your own.  Tortillas, jicama, mango salsa, cabbage and grilled fish.  I loved the jicama, but the mango salsa was overly sweet and the grilled fish lacked flavor.  Not worth ordering again, but the Prado was just lovely and KK very much enjoyed her beet and goat cheese salad.  Beets.  Yech.

Day 3

Shrimp tacos at Ortega’s

Yummy in my tummy.  Tortillas, marinated shrimp, cabbage, tomatoes, avocados.  I asked for the sauce on the side; it was tangy and delicious.  Totally worth ordering again.  Ortega’s is in Hillcrest and seems to be one of the more family friendly restaurants in that neighborhood.  Reasonable prices, great food. 

Day 4

Fish tacos at Rubio’s

Original fish taco

The original fish taco from Rubio’s has fried fish, creamy sauce and cabbage.  I think this may have been KK’s favorite.  It was pretty tasty.  Each taco is wrapped with a slice of lime.  Boy does that make a difference.

Chili-lime salmon taco

Chili-lime marinated salmon, red cabbage, cilantro and a hint of onion, corn salsa and creamy sauce.  With the obligatory lime.  Yum.  I could happily return to Rubio’s.

We only had four days in San Diego so (sadly) our tour ends here.  We never made it to Baja Fish (not to be confused with Baja Fresh).  That will be on our list for next time.  Any others we need to try?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. debby permalink
    March 3, 2010 11:39 am

    YUM YUMM! But don’t leave me hanging–a review of Pinkberry’s please!!!

    • Juice permalink*
      March 4, 2010 10:14 pm

      Oh Pinkberry’s. Meh. KK got the coconut and I got the chocolate and coconut swirled. Not a lot of coconut flavor, but nice tangy yogurt flavor. The chocolate couldn’t hold a candle to the gelato from Pappalecco. If you are in SD, definitely go to Pappalecco’s in Little Italy. KK and I went twice! Yummy gelato and my favorite latte of the trip.

  2. March 3, 2010 2:38 pm

    ohmyWORD, that was just mean!!

    we went to some place called fred’s or franks or something in the gas lamp district while we were there that had AMAZING tacos. we also hit some tapas restaurant (sevilla? or some town in spain, anyway) that was fabulous as well!!

    have so much fun! i LOVE san diego!

  3. March 3, 2010 11:44 pm


    AHHHH… now i’m craving for some tacos.. or rather mini tacos… YUM.

    I like the looks for your tacos from day 1 and day 3.

    Now i’m going to have to have tacos for lunch tomorrow…

  4. March 4, 2010 7:03 pm

    Of course I LOVED the cheapest tacos… ah, Rubio’s, why are you not in Reno? What do your fish taco preferences say about your personality? Mine says, “You’re a cheap date!”

  5. March 5, 2010 9:19 am

    I have never had a fish taco (and they’re very popular here in Austin). After looking at your pictures, I now can’t decide which ones I want! They all look so incredibly yummy!

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