Serving Tijuana style tacos and burritos, The Taco Stand in La Jolla is the sort of casual eatery you would want in your neighborhood. When we went on a Thursday evening, at around 7:15pm, it was as if people gathered at the same time, filling the entire place, until the time we were ready to leave: no, when we arrived it was so crowded. After eating their food, I understood why: it was simply delicious. And cheap.
Here is what we tried:
I’ll start with my least favorite that was a bit of a surprise when it comes to disappointment: the guacamole. Made fresh, it was missing seasoning. What? A Mexican place that does not know how to make guacamole? That could have been a bad sign if the other dishes were not delicious.
The corn on the cob, served with mayonnaise, Parmesan and chili powder was very good, although Parmesan cheese did not seem that authentic...
For Jodi, the cheese quesadilla that had quite a lot of cheese in it.
For me, the al pastor taco: this was sublime! The pork is cooked rotisserie style, like you would cook meat for a kebab, giving to the meat a nice char but without drying it out. It was filled with pineapple that added a delightful sweetness, onion and cilantro, drizzled with a cilantro sauce.
The second taco I had was the baja taco, that is battered white fish with cabbage, tomato, cilantro, onion and chipotle sauce. This was delicious too: the fish was well cooked, crunchy on the outside and there was a nice balance between the quantity of fish and cabbage. The fact that there was a lot of sauce on it which helped make it not dry and very flavorful.
Overall we had a great meal at The Taco Stand: the food there is unpretentious but very good, comforting and seems authentic. I definitely recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Taco Stand - 621 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037