About a month ago I wrote in this space that San Diego tacos suck and “the problem isn’t them, it’s us.” We’re getting the tacos we deserve, the ones we’ve asked for. It didn’t take long for me to be informed of the error of my ways.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” opined one Facebook friend. Others informed me I’d simply been to the wrong places (some suggesting ones I had already frequented). But one, Chris Mejia of Baja Test Kitchen, brought me to a place that proves it’s not all San Diego tacos that suck, just the gringo versions.
The place in question, Mariscos y Birrieria El Prieto (3031 Main St.) in Chula Vista, isn’t exactly a restaurant and it isn’t exactly a taco truck. It’s two taco trucks permanently facing each other across a de facto courtyard defined by a large blue pop-up tent. On the east side of the courtyard is a mariscos (seafood) truck, on the west side is a birria truck. Patrons order from each truck separately and as many times as they want.